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Black Forest Overnight Oats

All the flavors of a black forest cake but in the form of a healthy overnight oats breakfast. Chocolate and cherries make these Black Forest Overnight Oats a sweet and indulgent breakfast that’s both easy and fast.

Black Forest Overnight Oats from What The Fork Food Blog

Black Forest Overnight Oats

Oh Monday morning, how we dread you so. It’s the first day of a long work week. Maybe you just had an awesome weekend. Maybe it was relaxing. Maybe it wasn’t so great.

Maybe you worked all weekend. Or whatever kind of weekend you had, I’m sure you’re not super pleased that it’s Monday morning. Again. So let’s start the day with a little pick-me-up. Some easily earned endorphins. Let’s start the day with some chocolate.

Black Forest Overnight Oats from What The Fork Food Blog

Black Forest Overnight Oats from What The Fork Food Blog

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Not only do these Black Forest Overnight Oats incorporate chocolate into your breakfast, they’re also secretly healthy. How great is that?! There’s no added sugar in the oatmeal unless you choose to add the mini chocolate chips. 

Enjoy Life Mini Chips are the best choice since there are very little added ingredients. You can leave them out if you want but I really think they add so much. They add just a hint of sweetness and a really great texture contrast to the soft oatmeal.

Black Forest Overnight Oats from What The Fork Food Blog

Black Forest Overnight Oats from What The Fork Food Blog

I like to top the Black Forest Overnight Oats with the mini chocolate chips and some extra cherries because black forest cakes are usually garnished with cherries and chocolate shavings.

This is such a fun twist on a classic dessert made healthy enough to enjoy for breakfast. So do yourself a favor and make these overnight oats tonight so they’ll be ready for you in the morning. Enjoy!

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Black Forest Overnight Oats

4.53 from 21 ratings
All the flavors of a black forest cake but in the form of a healthy overnight oat breakfast. Chocolate and cherries make these Black Forest Overnight Oats a sweet and indulgent breakfast that’s both easy and fast.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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  • 1 C certified gluten-free oats
  • 1 C milk of choice
  • 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
  • 1 C dark sweet cherries thawed if frozen
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips optional


  • Combine oats, milk, cocoa powder and honey. Mix well and refrigerate overnight. If you're using frozen cherries, put them in a container in the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
  • To serve, stir in cherries and top with mini chocolate chips and additional cherries.


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  1. Sherwood says:

    5 stars
    I don’t have much experience with German chocolate anything, but I rather enjoyed this! I used frozen/thawed cherries that I halved (and used only 1/4 cup of that per serving). I look forward to trying them with fresh cherries once those come out at a reasonable price! I did include the chocolate chips, and I eventually started adding 2 T of unsweetened shredded coconut to each serving. That added some amazing texture and really thickened up the fairly runny oats! It was fantastic! I want to say German chocolate generally has coconut-y frosting, so I figured that’d be a viable addition. It turned out well, and I’d recommend it! It makes the whole thing even healthier, too! πŸ˜€ This is definitely a recipe I’ll revisit. Thanks so much!

  2. Shirley says:

    5 stars

    I had tried overnight oats in the past but did not like it so I did not try them again, this happened a long time ago, but last week I found your site and this recipe, I decided to give it a try because as a normal woman I love chocolate. I normally do not give feedback on the recipes I find on the internet because either I think the author won’t read my post or because the recipe did not go well, but this recipe for overnight oats deserved some time and words, I loved it, thank you thank you for sharing it and the only reason I am not eating it every single morning is because I am afraid I might be sick of it some day and I dont want that because it is delicious and it is a great alternative to eat oatmeal. Thanks again for sharing and I will try some of your other recipes.

    • Sharon says:

      I’m SO glad you found an overnight oats recipe that has changed your mind about them – and I’m even happier it was me that could help you! Cheers to overnight oat breakfasts!

  3. Lena says:

    Do you really HAVE to use cherries?

    • Sharon says:

      You don’t have to, but that’s what adds to the black forest factor. If you want you can leave them out and just have plain chocolate overnight oats.

  4. Yogita says:

    5 stars
    Awesome and simple recipe of Black forest cake. I tried this recipe at home and I decorated it with more chocolates. Thanks for the recipe Sharon.

  5. These look amazing! I’ll have to pick up cherries the net time I go to the grocery store.

  6. This post may be the nudge I need to finally try overnight oats! The peach pie one tucked away at the end of the post looks amazing, too.

  7. cake fore breakfast – yup, you can count me in! love chocolate and cherry together

  8. Jordan says:

    4 stars
    This looks absolutely decadent! I always struggle to keep healthy breakfasts interesting. Definitely trying this one!

  9. That looks and sounds delicious. Can’t wait to make up a batch and stick it in the fridge tonight.

  10. I always want to start my days with chocolate. What a great recipe! Pinning.

  11. Stephanie says:

    Looks delicious! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  12. Miz Helen says:

    5 stars
    I would love waking up to these overnight oats! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. KC the Kitchen Chopper says:

    I would love to wake up to this in the morning. Great spin on familiar flavors. Thanks for sharing at TheWeekendSocial. Hope to see you again Thursday 9:00 PM EST. Pinned.

  14. vegetarianmamma says:

    Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays Party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see what you share next time!

  15. This looks yummy! I will have to try it soon! Probably on my own since my hubby is NOT a chocolate fan. Weird, right? haha. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Karly says:

    Wow, what a breakfast! My kids would love this. Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  17. Farrah says:

    This looks amazing! I need to get cherries so I can try it out! *-*

  18. This looks delicious, so good I would feel I am over indulging!!!

  19. Bev says:

    Oh, this looks absolutely delicious! I can’t wait to try it, and I will be pinning it for future reference. Stopping by from the Wine’d Down Wednesday.

  20. gretchen | kumquat says:

    whoa… i just made overnight oats in a jar for the first time last week. your overnight oats looks way yummier. i’ll take yours.

  21. Love love love overnight oats! I always add cocoa powder to mine! Chocolate is a must!

  22. 5 stars
    I’m an overnight oats obsess-or!! So naturally I’m obsessed with these…yum!!! Pinned πŸ™‚

  23. I didn’t know you could make oats overnight in the fridge! I’m so trying this tonight! Found you on Merry Monday and pinning to my Recipes board.

  24. I LOVE chocolate and cherry together. Thanks!

  25. Heidi Fowler says:

    Wow, does that oatmeal look good! I’m all for chocolate for breakfast!