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Murielle Banackissa

Layered Black Forest Overnight Oats

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8 hours 15 mins Prep: 15 mins Refrigeration time: 8 hours
Serves 2

Creamy, satisfying and nutritious, these overnight oats are made using sweet and juicy cherries and are a wonderful way to start the day!


Cherry Compote

  • 1 ½ cups pitted sweet cherries
  • ½ tbsp maple syrup

Overnight Oats

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened soy milk
  • 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp whole chia seeds
  • ¼ tsp almond extract , or ½ tsp extra vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder

Garnishes, optional

  • Sweet cherries
  • Vegan yogurt
  • Cacao nibs
  • shaved chocolate


  1. Step 1

    Add cherries and maple syrup to a small pot and cook on medium high for 6-8 minutes, stirring regularly. If the mixture begins to boil, decrease the heat.

  2. Step 2

    Let cool, transfer to a container or mason jar and refrigerate.

  3. Step 3

    Divide oats, milk, maple syrup, and chia seeds between 2 containers.

  4. Step 4

    To one container, add almond extract. Close lid and shake.

  5. Step 5

    To the other container, add vanilla extract and cacao powder. Close lid and shake.

  6. Step 6

    Transfer both containers to the fridge and refrigerate overnight.

  7. Step 7

    The next day, divide cherry compote between 2 serving jars. Top with chocolate oats then regular oats.

  8. Step 8

    Garnish with sweet cherries, vegan yogurt, cacao nibs and shaved chocolate.

Common Questions & Swaps

  • Can I make this with another fruit? Yes, it is possible. Because I used cherries in the original recipe and they are so sweet, I didn’t really need much maple syrup in the compote. However if you were using berries instead, you might want to increase the maple syrup to add a bit more sweetness.
  • What if I don’t have almond extract? You can totally swap it out for vanilla extract like I suggest it in the ingredient list, but know that the almond extract adds another level of depth to this recipe.

  • I am in a rush, can I shorten the refrigeration time? Ummm maybe by half, but I would not recommend shortening it much more than that. If you want a quicker oat recipe, I would suggest opting for cooked oats.

Two portions of Layered Black Forest Overnight Oats in mason jars
Closeup of cherries garnished on overnight oats
Layered Overnight oats surrounded by cherries and dark chocolate
Bite taken out of layered black forest overnight oats.

This recipe was created in the context of an Instagram partnership with SuperFresh Growers.


I love cherries. For me, they are in the same realm as pomegranate. They are a fruit from the gods as I like to call them.

I think my first love for them came from my youth when I would travel with my mom and my brother to visit my grand parents in Ukraine. My grand parents had a pretty big garden where they grew fruits and veggies and one of my favorite things they grew were their dark red, super sweet cherries.

I have a few memories of walking with my grandpa through his garden picking cherries then coming back in and enjoying them together, bonding over our common love for these sweet little gems and the joy they brought us. As they say, those were the days.


Well on that note, I hope you give this recipe a try because it is truly one of those breakfasts I promise you will be looking forward to having. Also, who says you need to share? Just eat both servings on two different mornings.

If you end up trying this recipe, be sure to share your version on IG and tag me (@muriellebanackissa).

Have a wonderful week my friends!

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