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Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats is a cool, refreshing breakfast on a hot summer morning! Chocolate overnight oats with cherries is a healthier take on the classic Black forest cake.

black forest cake overnight oats

Cake for breakfast?

YASSS!!! And not any cake, it is THE BLACK FOREST CAKE. 

What is Black forest cake?

Originating from the Black Forest region of Germany, this cake consists of layers of moist chocolate cake, layered with luscious whipped cream and maraschino cherries. It is rich, decadent, not overly sweet!

We take all those flavors and make an overnight oats but much healthier. So, you can indulge with no guilt. Yesss.

Why is this black forest gonna be your favorite breakfast all summer long? 

  • Chocolatey
  • Cool and creamy
  • Impressive
  • No cooking involved
  • Ready to go in the refrigerator

If you are not convinced eating black forest for breakfast, then just assume that this is chocolate overnight oats with cherry <—- Delicious way to enjoy Summer cherries. Not convinced yet? How about this Black Forest Mug Cake for a quick and easy dessert or Cherry Smoothie.

I have a love affair with overnight oats and love creating unique mashups, like – Chocolate Almond Butter Overnight Oats, Coconut Cherry Chia Overnight Oats, Strawberry Cheesecake Overnight Oats, Pumpkin Cheesecake Overnight Oats, Banana Nut Muffin Overnight Oats or more 10 Creative Overnight Oats Recipes and overnight oats FAQs

ingredients for chocolate overnight oats with cherries

Overnight oats are so easy to prepare and fabulous for a go-to breakfast especially in summer! Better yet with some chocolate.

Let us compare each component of a traditional black forest cake and this healthy black forest cake:

Chocolate oats for Chocolate cake

  • Old fashion oats, cocoa powder (for the chocolate flavor), maple syrup (for sweetener – natural and healthier alternative), milk (to soak the oats) and chia seeds (to add some additional thickness)

Maple yogurt for whipped cream

  • Plain greek yogurt and natural maple syrup to sweeten, this healthy topping gives the look and feel of a layered black forest cake.

Fresh cherries for maraschino cherries is 

  • Fresh, sweet Bing cherries is the way go.

Let us get to the process of making this delicious black forest cake overnight oats:

Step-1: Stir together old fashion oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, maple syrup and milk together in a mason jar or any other container. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Step-2: Stir together plain greek yogurt and maple syrup.

Step-3: Remove chocolate oats from refrigerator, give a good stir to redistribute ingredients. Top with maple yogurt and sliced fresh cherries.

Eat trying to get a bit of all three layers in each bite.

black forest cake overnight oats

Love all things chocolate? Check out more chocolate recipes that are healthy yet decadent:

The 4 Ingredient Guilt Free Chocolate Hummus 

No Bake Chocolate Avocado Oatmeal Balls 

Whole Wheat Double Chocolate Avocado Muffins 

No Bake Almond Butter Bars

4-Ingredient Homemade Almond Butter Cups Recipe

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Black Forest Cake Overnight Oats

A cool, refreshing breakfast on a hot day! Everyone’s favorite Black forest cake, but much healthier in the form of overnight oats. Made with old fashion oats, chia seeds, cocoa powder, maple syrup, greek yogurt and fresh cherries, this black forest cake overnight oats is easy yet impressive.  
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: black forest cake overnight oats, breakfast black forest cake, cherry overnight oats, chocoalte overnight oats with cherries, healthy black forest cake
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Maria Doss


Chocolate Oats

Maple yogurt

  • 2 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

Additional ingredients

  • 4 to 6 cherries (Bing), pitted and sliced


Make Chocolate Oats

  • Add all chocolate oats ingredients together into a mason jar and stir well. Refrigerate overnight or up to 3 days.

Just before serving,

  • Stir yogurt and maple syrup together to make maple yogurt (this can be made ahead and refrigerated as well)
    Stir refrigerated chocolate oats lightly, top with maple yogurt and then sliced cherries. Eat immediately, trying to get all three layers in every bite. 


Oats and yogurt can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 
For the “knock your sock off” Black forest cake flavor, it is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to use Bing cherries and not other varieties. 

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Recipe Rating

heather (delicious not gorgeous)

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

i overdid it on the overnight oats a while back and got bored with my cinnamon raisin combo. but THIS. sounds delicious. it's almost like eating cherry garcia ice cream for breakfast, but a little healthier, so i can work with that compromise (:

Pamela (BrooklynFarmGirl)

Wednesday 2nd of August 2017

This is such a perfect and healthy dessert/breakfast!

Kim | The Baking ChocolaTess

Tuesday 1st of August 2017

I pinned this for later! It looks so good and black forest oatmeal sounds like a winner!! Those fresh cherries! YUM!

Kelsie | the itsy-bitsy kitchen

Monday 31st of July 2017

This sounds incredibly delicious. I love all things cherry this time of year!


Monday 31st of July 2017

Blackforest is one of my favorite flavor for summer cakes! This overnight oatmeal looks like a perfect desserty breakfast to make my mornings better :). Moreover, this is so easy to put together! Thanks for sharing Maria :*