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Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats with Almonds

Chocolate cherry overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. We love this recipe because it's like dessert for breakfast!
Chocolate Cherry Almond Overnight Oats

This is a variation of our overnight oats base recipe. Chocolate cherry overnight oats are great for breakfast and can make busy mornings a breeze. We love this chocolate cherry almond overnight oats recipe because we think that it tastes like dessert for breakfast!

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Culinary Tips for Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats

Want to make a quick and healthy breakfast for the entire week or for the whole family? To speed up prep time, make a big batch in a bowl, then distribute into individual servings.

For best flavor, toast the almonds. If using whole almonds, toast in the oven, then chop finely. If using sliced almonds, toast on the stovetop.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Oats: use old-fashioned or quick oats. Old-fashioned oats create a firm, chewy texture, whereas quick oats create a soft, mushy texture. Do not use steel cut oats, as these have to be cooked for optimal digestion.
  • Milk: use regular or dairy-free milk. Don’t have milk? You can also make overnight oats with water, but they won’t taste as creamy.
  • Greek Yogurt: substitute regular plain yogurt. Choose a fat content that works for your overall diet. Choose sugar-free varieties and sweeten to your taste. Don’t have yogurt? Simply leave it out. Substitute a plant-based yogurt to make your overnight oats vegan.
  • Chocolate Chips: substitute cacao nibs or vegan chocolate chips.
  • Almond Extract: substitute vanilla extract.
  • Dried Cherries: substitute any dried or fresh fruit. If using larger dried fruits, such as figs, apricots, or dates, chop into smaller pieces.
  • Sliced Almonds: substitute any nut of your choice – cashews, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, or walnuts.

Recipe Variations

Feel free to add other mix-ins or toppings: chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut flakes, cocoa powder, nut butter, fresh fruit, etc.

Need some overnight oats recipe inspiration? 

Use our base recipe as a guide, or check out some of our favorite overnight oats variations!

Take a look at our stovetop oatmeal base recipe and its variations for even more ideas!

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Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats are a Healthy Breakfast

The first meal of the day can affect how you feel for the rest of the day. A balanced breakfast should contain fiber-rich complex carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. The featured ingredients in this healthy overnight oats recipe are oats, Greek yogurt, dried cherries, and almonds. This recipe also contains a touch of sweetness from dark chocolate chip, but a much lower amount of added sugar than most breakfast cereals.


Oats of any variety are a good source of fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus. (12)

Greek Yogurt

Making overnight oats with Greek yogurt creates a creamy texture and taste. Plus, it adds a nutritional boost! Greek Yogurt is a great source of protein, calcium, and gut-friendly probiotics.

Dried Cherries

Cherries contain carbohydrates, vitamins, and antioxidants. Most dried cherries contain some added sugar, so we left added sweeteners out of this recipe.


Almonds contain plant-based protein, fiber, and healthy monounsaturated fats. These nutrients promote heart health and help you feel satisfied until your next meal.  

Less Sugar than Cold Breakfast Cereal

Many breakfast cereals contain large amounts of added sugars that don’t support health. By making your own homemade overnight oats, you get to control the amount of added sugar that you eat!

Serving Suggestions

Overnight oats aren’t just for breakfast! They can also be a great snack or post-workout treat.

Serve hot or cold.

How to Store Overnight Oats

Store overnight oats in the refrigerator. They’ll be ready to eat the next morning but can be stored for up to one week. The longer the oats are held in the refrigerator, the mushier they will become.

Want more healthy breakfast recipes?

Check out these healthy base recipe breakfast ideas, then adjust to YOUR taste!

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Chocolate Cherry Almond Overnight Oats

Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats with Almonds

This chocolate cherry overnight oats recipe features chocolate chips, dried cherries, almond extract, and almonds. It's like dessert for breakfast!
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving


  • ½ cup old fashioned or quick oats
  • ½ cup milk or milk alternative
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips
  • teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 Tablespoons dried cherries
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced almonds


  • Mix oats, milk, yogurt, chocolate chips, and almond extract in a bowl.
  • Top with dried cherries and sliced almonds, or add them in the morning.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Enjoy cold!


Most dried cherries contain some added sugar, plus chocolate chips have added sugar, so we left added sweetener out of this recipe.
For best flavor, toast the almonds.
Keyword Chocolate Cherry Overnight Oats

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