We love to wake up and have breakfast all ready to go, don’t you? Our current obsession is Overnight Oats – individual portions of oatmeal that you make in advance so you can grab it and go in the morning… or after working out, for lunch or for dessert. Today we’re sharing a FitStar Team Favorite recipe so you can make them at home, too.

Our FitStar Team Favorite recipe for Overnight Oats has three components: dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and a topping. The ingredients are mixed into a mug, mason jar, or small bowl because you’re making individual servings. You can double or triple the recipe and make breakfast for the next few days, too. We like to line up a few jars at a time, drop the dry ingredients in, and then mix in the liquid. Lastly, we pile on the topping and screw on the lid (or cover with plastic wrap) and BOOM – breakfast is complete for a handful of mornings.

These are so versatile, and one of our favorite renditions is a delicious cherry and chocolate combo. Let the flavors mingle overnight, and then either warm it up the next day or eat cold. Yes, cold oatmeal. This is a little divisive in our office, some people love it whereas others hate it. Give both a try and see what you think. Regardless of eating your oats warm or cold, we think you’ll love how easy and flavorful this meal is.

Cherry Chocolate Overnight Oats

1/2 cup rolled oats (not instant nor steel-cut)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
pinch of salt
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup (to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon cocoa powder (unsweetened)
1/2 cup pitted, fresh or unsweetened frozen cherries, chopped

1. Mix dry ingredients: in a mug, mason jar or small bowl mix together the oats, chia seeds, salt, ground cinnamon, and cocoa powder.
2. Incorporate wet ingredients: stir almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients.
3. Add cherries on top, or mix into your oats.
4. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
5. Stir well and eat cold, or warm up and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.

Nutrition info (including 2 teaspoons of maple syrup and unsweetened frozen cherries): Calories 380 | Fat 12g | Protein 13g | Carbs 61g | Sugar 27g*
Nutritional info is provided by MyFitnessPal Recipe Calculator

*Note that 18 grams of sugar come from unsweetened cherries.

Have you made overnight oatmeal before? What’s your favorite flavor combination? Tell us in the comments below!

Keep Moving,
– Team FitStar