These chocolate covered cherry overnight oats are a simple, make-ahead breakfast that taste like a decadent dessert treat.
I always prep my weekday breakfasts in advance, so when I initially learned about overnight oats roughly five years ago naturally I had to test them out. However, the first several times I tried overnight oats, I was most definitely NOT a fan. All the recipes called for mixing the oats with Greek yogurt. While I love yogurt, I just did not enjoy the texture that resulted from soaking oats in yogurt and milk overnight. After those first several failed attempts, I figured overnight oats were just not for me.
Fast forward a few years, and I decided to give overnight oats another try. This time I decided to put my own spin on them and used kefir instead of Greek yogurt. The result–oats that were the perfect thickness without the gooey texture. I was immediately hooked, and now overnight oats are a part of my regular breakfast rotation.
Since then I rotate between using kefir and thinner, drinkable yogurts such as B’more Organic Skyr Smoothie and Siggi’s Filmjolk depending on which I have on hand in the fridge. Both kefir and drinkable yogurts work well to create the perfect flavor and consistency for overnight oats.
Now that it is officially summer, I basically find myself wanting to eat all the summer fruit all the time. I get so excited I often end up buying way more fruit than we actually need for the week. Does this happen to anyone else?
Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits, and when I found them on sale for $2.99/lb at my local grocery store last week I couldn’t resist picking up a bag. Since the boyfriend is not a fan of cherries, I had an entire large bag to enjoy all on my own.
As I was brainstorming breakfast ideas for the week, I knew I wanted to incorporate cherries. That’s when the light bulb went off–chocolate and cherries make a perfect combination. I quickly jotted down a few ideas and went to work in the kitchen creating chocolate covered cherry overnight oats. These overnight oats follow my usual formula of drinkable yogurt + milk, but the addition of cherries and chocolate totally bring them to the next level.
My cherry pitter made prepping the cherries for this recipe so, so much easier. Totally a win in my book. I try to minimize the number of unitasker gadgets filling up my kitchen drawers, however a few years ago I gave in and bought a cherry pitter. If you’re on the fence about buying one, I’d say go for it. It’s pretty life changing and at the very least makes it easier to make these oats. The faster you are able to get these oats prepped and into the fridge, the sooner you will be able to get to eating them. Seems worthwhile, no?
(nutrition facts will vary based on specific ingredients you choose, info below calculated using skim milk and B’more Organic vanilla skyr smoothie):
Calories: 432, Total Fat: 11g, Sodium 143mg, Potassium: 395mg, Total Carbohydrate: 56g, Fiber: 10g, Protein: 29g