Cherry overnight oats are a simple, nutritious make-ahead breakfast recipe. Naturally sweetened with cherries, these oats are a healthy start to your day.
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These cherry overnight oats are an easy, healthy breakfast recipe. All you need are a handful of whole ingredients.
If you’re looking for a more straightforward overnight oat recipe, then these cherry oats are for you!
While blueberries tend to rule the breakfast table, cherries are just as nutritious! In particular, cherries are a good source of:
If you’re looking for a healthy, simple breakfast be sure to whip up a batch of cherry overnight oats. They’re wonderfully creamy, packed with nutrition, and strike the right balance of sweet and tart.
Why you’ll love this recipe
Smooth and creamy.
Bursting with sweet cherry juice.
Make with just a handful of nutritious ingredients.
Perfect for breakfast meal prep.
Kid-friendly, gluten-free, and vegan-optional.
Ingredients Used to Make Cherry Overnight Oats
Old fashioned oats: Make sure to use old fashioned oats (the ones that take 5 minutes to cook on the stove) for overnight oats that still have a good chew to them. Quick cooking oats can be used, but the texture will be on the mushier side.
Chia seeds: Chia seeds are an excellent source of healthy fats and essential nutrients. Plus, they expand overnight to give your oats a thicker consistency. I recommend buying them in bulk online.
Cinnamon: A dash of cinnamon gives these oats a slight cherry pie-flavor. I recommend using organic ceylon cinnamon.
Greek yogurt: To keep the sugar content low, use an unsweetened Greek yogurt. I like full-fat, but 2% or fat-free work too. To make these vegan, use a plant-based yogurt alternative.
Unsweetened vanilla almond milk: Usually I’m an oat milk fan, but I like the light vanilla flavor of unsweetened vanilla almond milk with the cherries. However, any unsweetened milk alternative works.
Almond extract: Just a splash of almond extract complements the sweet cherries nicely. If you don’t have it, you can use vanilla extract or just leave it out entirely.
Sweet cherries: You can’t have cherry overnight oats without the cherries! You can use frozen or fresh.
Maple syrup (optional): If you like your overnight oats on the sweeter side, you can add ½ – 1 teaspoon of pure maple syrup. For those who aren’t vegan, honey also works nicely.
How to Make Healthy Cherry Overnight Oats
Making overnight oats is simple! If you plan on making them often, I recommend buying a set of 16-ounce mason jars.
Place all ingredients in your jar and mix well.
Option to either chop your cherries small and mix them in too, or leave them whole and place on top. Cover jar with a lid.
Place oats in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, simply grab your jar and dig in!
Tips for making this recipe
To enjoy these oats hot, add everything except the Greek yogurt and still fridge overnight. In the morning, Heat up your oats in the microwave for 30-45 seconds then add Greek yogurt on top.
Use a butter knife to stir. It may sound strange, but a butter knife is better at mixing everything together evenly compared to a spoon.
Pit the cherries first. Sure, it sounds obvious, but if you’re using fresh cherries, it’s easy to forget to do this step especially if you’re tired at night.
For extra protein add a few tablespoons of a plant-based protein powder.
More overnight oat recipes with fruit to try
Want more fruit-filled soaked oat recipes? Try one of these flavors:
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Place all oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, yogurt, milk, almond extract, and maple syrup in a mason jar. Using a butterknife, stir well to combine. Option to either chop up your cherries and mix into the overnight oat batter (my preference), or place the cherries on top (as in the pictures).
Cover with a lid and place oats in the fridge overnight. Enjoy in the morning!
Nutrition for 1 jar of oats: 312 calories, 11 g fat (3 g saturated), 40 g carb, 10 g fiber, 6 g sugar, 14 g protein
*Without optional maple syrup.
I’m Kelli MS, RD, and my mission is to prove that eating healthier doesn’t have to be complicated or restrictive. Follow along to learn more about food and cooking, with an emphasis on breakfast and sweet treats!
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