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Black forest overnight oats

Black Forest Overnight Oats (Chocolate and Cherries)

Black Forest Overnight Oats is a delicious dairy-free and gluten-free breakfast made with rich chocolate and juicy cherries. It’s like dessert first thing in the morning but without any guilt. You can make a few jars on Sunday to have a healthy breakfast all week.
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Course: Breakfast, breakfast recipe
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black forest overnight oats, chocolate cherry overnight oats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 349kcal


  • cherry pitter
  • 16-ounce mason jars
  • mason jar lids


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or any milk you choose
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup frozen dark sweet pitted cherries preferably organic
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs


  • Add the rolled oats, cacao powder, cinnamon, and chia seeds to a 16-ounce mason jar. Give the ingredients a couple of stirs, so everything is evenly distributed.
  • Then stir in the unsweetened coconut milk and vanilla extract. The milk should be completely covering the oats. 
  • Add the cherries to the top of the oats, tightly place the lid on, and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours.
  • In the morning, stir all the ingredients together. If you’re using frozen cherries, then it’s likely they released extra juices while thawing, so you won’t need to add any additional liquid to loosen up the oats. However, if the oats seem thick, then add a splash of coconut milk until you get the consistency you want. Give the oatmeal a taste.
  • Sprinkle with cacao nibs.
  • If you need extra sweetness, then stir in 1-2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup.
  • You can eat the oatmeal out of the mason jar or pour it into a bowl.


How to Store the Recipe
After you put the jars together then store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Keep in mind the longer the oatmeal is in the fridge, the thicker it will be. Just add some coconut milk to loosen it up.
You can also freeze packets of overnight oat ingredients to have ready ahead of time. The night before you plan to eat for breakfast, pour the ingredients into a jar, add your milk of choice, and refrigerate. In the morning, breakfast is ready!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 349kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 26mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 22g