Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats

Quick and easy, these chocolate cherry overnight oats make for a delightful portable breakfast! And between the cocoa powder and fresh cherries, it tastes like dessert. Dairy free, gluten free and vegan.

A white bowl filled with Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats with a spoon to the side.

Who is the last person on the planet to make overnight oats? This girl.

And who do you think is now fully obsessed with them? Are you at all surprised? 

Clearly not, we know this is how I roll. Especially when we are talking chocolate cherry overnight oats!

I swear I have been meaning to make this breakfast item for years now. But I could never seem to get my act together and prep them the night before.

That’s the last thing on my mind at that time of day. I am fully focused on getting dinner ready, so there is no time to even think about breakfast. Nope nope nope.

But, I finally decided I wanted to make a version to share with you here. Apparently that’s what lights the fire under my bum. And now of course I feel like I’ve been missing out. 

A white bowl filled with fresh cherries.

How To Make Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats

Anywho, let’s get down to business.

Did I mention that these are actually quite healthy? We have a base that is filled with oats, almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds and some unsweetened cocoa powder.

We’ll mix it all up and pop it in the fridge to sit overnight.

And in the morning we’ll top it with all the good stuff. A touch of honey or maple syrup. Some fresh cherries, sliced almonds and cacao nibs (latest other obsession – you can absolutely use chocolate chips instead).

I like to add in a few extra splashes of almond milk to loosen it up a tad.

And then shovel into my face. Because I am haaangry in the mornings. And because chocolate + cherries is just a downright awesome combination.

A white bowl filled with Cherry Overnight Oats with a cup of coffee to the side.

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OXO Good Grips Cherry Pitter – I finally broke down and purchased a cherry pitter. Life changing, life changing. I’m officially kicking myself for waiting so long to grab one.

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Recipe for easy and healthy chocolate covered cherry overnight oats. This make-ahead breakfast tastes like dessert and features lots of fresh cherries!

Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Quick and easy, these chocolate cherry overnight oats make for a delightful portable breakfast! And between the cocoa powder and fresh cherries, it tastes like dessert. Dairy free, gluten free and vegan.


For the oats:

  • ½ cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • ¼ cup plain dairy free yogurt or plain greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

For serving:

  • 1 tablespoon honey or pure maple syrup (or to taste)*
  • ⅓ to ½ cup pitted and halved fresh cherries
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs or chocolate chips**
  • 2 tablespoons sliced raw almonds (or nut of choice)
  • few splashes unsweetened vanilla almond milk


To prep the oats:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the oats, almond milk, yogurt, chia seeds and cocoa powder until well combined.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a jar or container with a lid and refrigerate overnight.

To serve:

  1. Scoop the mixture into a serving bowl. Stir in the desired amount of sweetener, then top with the cherries, cacao nibs and nuts. Add in an extra splash or so of milk if desired. Enjoy!


*To keep this vegan - use the maple syrup and not the honey.

**To keep this dairy free / vegan - be sure to use dairy free chocolate chips.

If you don’t use the unsweetened vanilla almond milk, I would add in a quick splash of vanilla extract to the oat base.

Alternatively, you can just mix everything together when prepping it for the fridge - so all the items for the oats plus the sweetener, cherries, cacao nibs and almonds - and let it all sit together overnight. Then it’s completely ready to go in the morning (just add in a splash of milk).

One other tip! I like to make several of these at a time so I have a number of breakfasts that are ready to go (they keep great for a few days in the fridge).

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 454Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 66gFiber: 12gSugar: 26gProtein: 17g

Nutrition data shown is an estimate provided by an online calculator and is for informational purposes only. It should not be considered a substitute for a medical professional’s advice.