Compared to the traditional heated varieties, overnight oatmeal is a great make-ahead breakfast option for busy mornings. No more excuses for skipping the most important meal of the day!!! Today, I want to provide you with another one of my favorite overnight oat variations. This one draws on the classic flavor combination of cherries, vanilla and almonds.
I usually use frozen cherries when I make this recipe because I don’t want to deal with de-pitting the fresh ones. Did you know frozen fruits and vegetables are just as nutritious as their fresh counterparts?? You bet they are! They are flash frozen at the peak of their ripeness, encapsulating all the flavor, vitamins and minerals. The same holds true for canned produce as well so don’t be deterred if you can’t find or afford to buy fresh produce all of the time.
Cherries are rich in anti-ageing antioxidants and research suggests they may help decrease inflammation in the body. If you are a morning exerciser like me, eating these after a tough workout could help reduce muscle soreness! The optional flax/chia seeds are powerful sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for brain health. All these health benefits, plus a satisfied stomach, happy taste buds and easy preparation. Enjoy!
Cherry Vanilla Almond Overnight Oats
½ cup oats
½ Tbs. ground flaxseed or chia seeds (optional)
½ cup milk
¼ cup vanilla yogurt (my favorite is Siggi’s brand)
1/2 Tbs. honey or agave nectar (optional depending on how sweet you like it)
¾ cup frozen cherries (fresh would also work)
2 Tbs. dried cherries
1 Tbs. almond butter or chopped almonds
Combine oats, flax/chia seeds (if using), milk, yogurt and sweetener in a bowl or to-go container. Refrigerate overnight or for at least 4-6 hours. Before serving, heat frozen cherries in the microwave so they become warm a juicy. Top oats with cherries, dried cherries and nuts/nut butter.