Start your day with an easy breakfast recipe – these chocolate overnight oats with fresh cherries are healthy and delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, and loved by kids and adults, this is the perfect simple breakfast for when you’re on the go.
We all have crazy mornings…the kind where you are running late, can’t find your keys, or shoes, and realize that you forgot to make a plan for breakfast. When that happens, you might just grab a granola bar, and hope that you don’t pass out from hunger in a couple of hours.
Good news – there’s no need to do that when you can make a healthy, tasty, satisfying breakfast that will be ready to go the next morning!
Chocolate overnight oats with cherries is just the breakfast to make for busy weeks.
If you’re like me, you’ll take any opportunity to eat cherries when they’re in season. Making chocolate cherry overnight oats is a great way to enjoy them. And if cherries aren’t in season, any berry that you like will do! I also love this recipe with blueberries.
Are overnight oats healthy?
Yes, overnight oatmeal is a healthy breakfast choice. Overnight oats contain healthy carbohydrates and lots of fiber.
Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Diets that are high in both these types of fiber may help prevent heart disease, stroke, and obesity.
Why do you need to soak oats overnight?
Soaking oats overnight is a real time-saver! Simply put the oats in a jar with some liquid, and the next morning, they will be ready to eat.
No need to spend time over the stove, waiting for your oatmeal to cook – overnight oats are ready to eat when you wake up.
Soaking oats also makes them easier to digest. As they soak, their starches break down, and the phytic acid that they contain is reduced, which makes them much more digestible.
How do you make chocolate overnight oats?
It’s quick and easy! Simple place your oats and non-dairy milk in a jar, and place in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, add your cocoa powder and maple syrup, and stir well.
Top with cherries or any other topping that you choose!
Note: You can add your cocoa powder and maple syrup the night before if you wish – just stir very well to break up any cocoa powder lumps that may form.
How long can you keep overnight oats in the refrigerator?
Overnight oatmeal should last for up to five days in the refrigerator.
Chocolate overnight oatmeal with cherries is:
- gluten free and vegan
- perfect to serve on busy mornings
- full of fiber
- easier to digest than normal oatmeal
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Chocolate Overnight Oats with Cherries.
An easy recipe for chocolate overnight oats with fresh cherries. This dairy free recipe will make waking up a joy!
Place the gluten free oats and non-dairy milk in a jar with a lid and stir well. Place the lid on top and store in the refrigerator overnight.
In the morning, open the jar, stir the oats, and add the cocoa powder and maple syrup.
Top with cherries and dairy free chocolate chips. Enjoy!
Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.
You can double or triple this recipe to make more servings for the week.
This recipe was published in July 2016, and has been updated with new text and photos.