Black Forest Cake Overnight Oatmeal

You all said to me that you wanted more overnight oatmeal recipes, and this is one that will start your day right. I mean, what could be better than waking up to a BLACK FOREST CAKE!?

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This recipe was a tough cookie to crack. Much to my disappointment, cherries are not the most flavorful ingredient, especially in its whole form. Their flavor is locked in within that fragile skin.

The first time I made it, I dropped the berries in whole. In the morning, the oatmeal was very flavorless and did not taste at all like a Black Forest Cake. Then, I tried something a little different:  I blended the cherries first, so the oatmeal soaked up “cherry juice,” which gave it much more flavor.

I also snuck in a little bit of strawberry preserves to enhance the berry flavor. Other possibilities would be “cherry extract” or “cherry flavor,” anything to give more berry flavor to the final product. However, your oatmeal will be fine without any of that.

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You can top with nondairy yogurt (there are many coconut varieties), but it’s not necessary. Just make sure you have some shredded coconut and chocolate chips on top. You could also stir in some cocoa powder, but I didn’t want to get carried away. 🙂

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1/3 cup pitted cherries, fresh or frozen and thawed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp cherry or strawberry jam or preserves (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (I use SoDelicious coconut)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • handful of chocolate chips

How to make it:

  1. Combine cherries and water in a small blender (like a Magic Bullet) and pulse for 10-20 seconds. It does not have to be perfectly smooth.
  2. Add "cherry water" to a mason jar and combine with oats, coconut milk, optional jam, chia seeds, and salt. (The jam will intensify the berry flavor.)
  3. Cover with lid and shake, shake, shake until combined.
  4. Store in the refrigerator overnight (or for several hours). Top with yogurt, shredded coconut, and chocolate chips. Eat cold or warm up in the microwave!

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

8 Responses to Black Forest Cake Overnight Oatmeal

  1. This looks incredible.I adore cherries and actually still have some frozen from last summer. I know what I’m going to do with them now …

  2. Lyndsey B says:

    I have never had Black Forest Cake, but I love it in oatmeal!! I prefer to eat these in a baked version, which is more reminiscent of a cake. I still top it with yogurt and chocolate chips for ‘frosting,’ of course!

  3. Christine says:

    I tried this recipe today. The oatmeal was too liquidy in the morning for my taste, but I remedied that by heating it in the microwave for 1.5 minutes. I thought the oatmeal wouldn’t be sweet enough, but with the cherry preserves, chocolate chips, sweetened coconut, and vanilla yogurt, it tasted like dessert. My only qualm would be that the cherry flavor was not strong enough. I could probably fix that by adding more preserves. Then again, I always think of Black Forest cake tasting more like chocolate and coconut, so maybe having a mild cherry taste makes it more authentic. Overall, I thought this was a great recipe! I would make it again.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Dang, I should revisit this and see what I can do to fix all those problems.

      Cherry is a difficult flavor to work with. It has a pretty subtle flavor, unless you resort to artificial sources (like extract or the syrup from maraschino cherries). I will continue to improve this!

  4. Christine says:

    You’re right that cherry is a difficult flavor to work with! I don’t think of plain cherries as having a subtle flavor, so it’s surprising that they taste that way in oatmeal. I still think this recipe has enormous potential — it just needed something to boost the cherry flavor and soak up the excess liquid. Maybe a “2.0” version of this recipe is in order. I loved the yogurt on top, so please keep that!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Cherry extract? Cherry juice? Cherry preserves? The liquid from a maraschino cherry jar? All would be helpful, but they are also all kind of annoying ingredients to buy or find.

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