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Cherry Overnight Oats

These vegan overnight oats are packed with frozen cherries and are so creamy. The perfect breakfast to meal prep for busy mornings!

a jar of cherry overnight oats on a black background with rolled oats scattered around. The oat mixture is visible through the side of the jar, and frozen cherries are on top of the oat mixture.

You will love waking up and finding this plant-based oatmeal breakfast waiting for you. Since these make-ahead jars last well in the fridge, you can enjoy them for up to three days.

If you would prefer a savory make-ahead breakfast option, try my Silken Tofu Scramble and add your favorite veggie mix-ins.


Ingredients for Cherry Overnight Oats arranged on a board. Pictured are almond milk, banana, frozen cherries, chia seeds. ground flax seeds, and rolled oats

Banana – Mashing half of a banana into your oats makes them creamy and sweet with no additional sugar needed.

Rolled Oats – Use rolled or old-fashioned oats, not quick or steel-cut. Not all oats are gluten-free, so if this is important, look for clear “gluten-free” labelling on the packaging.

Chia Seeds – Soaked overnight in the oat and soy milk mixture, the chia seeds give this oatmeal a creamy texture.

Ground Flax Seeds – These help thicken and bring the ingredients together.

Vanilla Extract – Use real vanilla extract if you can.

Soy Milk – Or other plant milk of your choice. I have also tested this recipe using almond milk and it works well.

Frozen Cherries – Look for unsweetened. There is no need to defrost the cherries in advance.

Pint Jar with Lid, Measuring Cups and Spoons, Fork

How to Assemble the Jars

  • Mash the banana with a fork in the bottom of the jar.
  • Add the rolled oats, chia seeds, and ground flax seed; mix to distribute ingredients evenly throughout.
  • Stir in soy milk and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Top the jar with the frozen cherries and put on the lid.
  • Place your jar in the refrigerator overnight.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use frozen fruit in overnight oats?

Yes! Frozen fruit is great for overnight oats. In this recipe, you add the frozen cherries to your oatmeal jar and they defrost overnight. Keep in mind that frozen fruit releases liquid as it defrosts, so if you use fresh cherries, adjust the amount of milk accordingly.

Can you use any plant-based milk?

I have tested this recipe using both soy milk and almond milk and both work well. I think you could substitute any plant-based milk in this recipe.

Is this recipe gluten-free?

It depends. Not all oats are gluten-free, because of cross-contamination in the manufacturing process. Be sure to check the package labeling.

Do you eat overnight oats cold?

Yes! I love the creamy, almost pudding-like texture when eaten cold. I have heard of people heating them in the morning, but I have never tried them that way.

How long do overnight oats last in the fridge?

I make up to three days worth at a time and they are always just as good as the first day, making them perfect for meal prep.


Cherry Overnight Oats

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These vegan overnight oats are packed with frozen cherries and are so creamy. The perfect breakfast to meal prep for busy mornings!

  • Author: Jennifer @ Always Add Alliums
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: N/A
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 jar 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


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  • 1/2 Banana
  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats (also called old-fashioned. Some brands are marked gluten-free.)
  • 2 teaspoons Chia Seeds
  • 1.5 teaspoons Ground Flax Seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Soy Milk (can substitute almond milk)
  • 1 cup Frozen Cherries (look for unsweetened)


  1. Using a fork, mash the banana in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Add rolled oats, ground flax seeds, and chia seeds; mix to distribute.
  3. Add soy milk and vanilla extract; stir to combine, making sure there are no pockets of dry ingredients.
  4. Top with frozen cherries and place a lid on the jar. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. In the morning, stir to combine the cherries with the oat mixture.


Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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