Cherry-Almond Overnight Oats

with chia seeds

So – our trip to DC. We took the train down on a Friday morning and got to our hotel by the early afternoon. We ditched our bags and headed out to be tourists. First, though, we required sustenance. We ate at DGS Delicatessen, where we split latkes, cabbage rolls with orzo, and a big pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut. It really hit the spot. Full, we began our tour. We saw the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, the World War ll Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. We took a break in between to sit in the shade by the reflecting pool. It was a super hot and humid day, but it was a nice walk. We were a bit tired from waking up early, though, so we headed back to our hotel for some pool time. We both fell asleep on our pool chairs, ha. We had a glass of wine, did some reading, then headed out to start the evening. We had dinner and drinks at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, which was excellent. We ordered crab and shrimp ceviche, wood grilled oysters with chile oil, mussels in a buttery broth, and rock fish with mushrooms. We were completely stuffed, and walked it off a bit before stopping into 2 Birds 1 Stone for a couple of cocktails. I loved this little bar, especially because of its clean, all white decor and the fact that you had to enter through a somewhat hidden underground entrance. We were back at the hotel by 11 or so, where we immediately fell asleep. We needed our beauty rest for day two!

Cherry Almond Overnight Oats

As previously discussed, I’m working with the Cherry Marketing Institute to bring you four delicious tart cherry recipes for the summer. I started with breakfast, sharing my recipe for a Green Chocolate Cherry Smoothie, so let’s continue with that trend. If you’re not the kind of person who can handle a big helping of kale right when you wake up, then get in line for these Cherry Overnight Oats. I’m sure you’ve heard of overnight oats before, but if you haven’t, listen up. The process is amazing and it’s a welcome change from your usual bowl of oatmeal. The ratio will remain the same for any combination you try: 1 cup of oats to 1 cup of liquid. Easy, right? Not that mixing together a packet of oatmeal in the morning is tough, but this way, you can control exactly what you put into your food and into your body, as well as avoid fake sugars and weird chemicals that you usually find in packaged oatmeal.

Cherry Almond Overnight Oats

I drink almond milk every morning, so I used almond milk and tart cherry juice in my oats – the juice added a nice sweetness to the oats, while the almond milk provided enough liquid for the oats to soak up. I also included chia seeds, for extra fiber, and slivered almonds, for texture. I had to throw in some dried tart cherries, of course. After you’ve mixed everything up, just place your oats in the fridge and get ready to enjoy them the next morning. The cherries soaked up some of the tart cherry juice and almond milk, too, which was a nice surprise and made them plump and juicy. I added some extra slivered almonds and a drizzle of honey to the top of my oats because I’m starving in the mornings and I reach for anything that’s close to me. This is the kind of thing that will definitely fill you up and get you through to lunch, which is generally the biggest problem I have when I’m at work – it’s hard not to snack around 11! But this is the kind of thing that will keep you going until 12. I loved that this wasn’t your average sweetened oatmeal, like maple brown sugar or whatever your go-to is. Instead, the tart cherries gave the oatmeal a more complex flavor and woke up my taste buds, which in turn, helped wake me up and get moving!

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsCherry Almond Overnight OatsPastrami sandwich at DGS Deli in DC.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsSome house we found.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsBeing a ham.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsCherry Almond Overnight OatsHanging out at the WWII Memorial.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsThe Lincoln Memorial and Kramer.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsCherry Almond Overnight OatsCherry Almond Overnight OatsCherry Almond Overnight OatsCherry Almond Overnight OatsGather your ingredients and get started.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsAdd everything to a jar or bowl.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsThen mix it up, put it in the fridge and let it sit overnight.

Cherry Almond Overnight OatsTop with some extra almonds and maybe some almond butter or honey and eat up.

Cherry & Almond Overnight Oats
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Serves: 2
Oats soaked overnight in tart cherry juice and almond milk for a hearty, no-cook breakfast.
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cherry concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a large jar or container, mix together your oats, almond milk, dried cherries, slivered almonds, cherry concentrate, chia seeds and 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. In the morning, spoon into bowls and enjoy cold or warmed up. Drizzle with a bit of honey or sprinkle with some extra dried tart cherries and/or slivered almonds, if desired.


5 Responses

  1. Jill says:

    Great pictures! Especially love that first one.
    I’ve been obsessed with cherries lately, and as the weather cools down I tend to eat more oatmeal so these overnight oats are totally up my alley :)

  2. I haven’t been to D.C. in far too long. Your post has inspired me to change that soon!

  3. CakePants says:

    I love the idea of making overnight oats with tart cherry juice! I’ve fallen in love with tart cherries this summer, big time. Looks like a fun trip to DC! The last time I visited, the reflecting pool was drained for construction or something – I’ll just have to make another trip sometime :)

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