Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt

Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt

The EASIEST Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt!

One of the easiest overnight oats with yogurt recipes! This Cherry Almond Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt is made with simple, clean ingredients making it a fantastic healthy breakfast. Loaded with protein and fiber, this overnight oatmeal will keep you full well through lunch!

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Clear jar of overnight oatmeal with fresh cherries on top and sliced almonds sprinkled over top.

Overnight Oats with Yogurt: The Perfect Make-Ahead Healthy Breakfast

Anytime I’m looking to meal prep breakfast or have some quick on-the-go breakfast recipes in the fridge, overnight oats are always at the top of my list. Some of my favorites are my Blueberry Overnight Oats and Almond Joy Overnight Oats, this cherry version is quickly become a new favorite.

The best part of making overnight oats is the fact that they just take 5 minutes to stir together before going to bed. Once you wake up in the morning, you’ve got a healthy, protein-packed breakfast ready to go!

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Here’s some helpful tips to making these Cherry Overnight Oats with Yogurt:

Ingredients for cherry overnight oats; whole, fresh cherries, rolled oats, Greek yogurt, milk, chia seeds, vanilla extract and honey.

The ingredients you’ll need for Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt:

For the full recipe with exact ingredients and directions be sure to refer to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

What kind of oats do you use for overnight oats? 

The best oats for making overnight oats is old-fashioned rolled oats. These will provide the best texture and hold up well in the liquid. You can also use steel-cut oats, but keep in mind the oats will be more chewy. They will also benenfit for a little extra liquid (2-3 Tbsp more milk) and a few extra hours in the refrigerator. I do NOT recommend instant oatmeal, as the oats consistency will quickly turn to mush.

What type of yogurt should I use for overnight oats with yogurt?

I recommend plain Greek yogurt when making overnight oats with yogurt. It does not have added sugar or sweeteners, and the thick consistency is great for overnight oats. It also has a good amount of protein, making it a healthy choice for breakfast. I do not recommend fruity-yogurt, as these have quite a bit of added, refined sugar.


Stirred oats with fresh pitted cherries, with cherry pitter on side.

How to Mix together Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt

There are very few steps to making overnight oats. You’ll start by combining the wet ingredients; yogurt, milk, vanilla and honey. Stir together until smooth. Then add the oatmeal, chia seeds and salt. Stir together well. Lastly, add the cherries.

To make pitting cherries easy, I got this OXO Cherry Pitter a while back. Not only is it a huge time saver, but you can also use it for olives!

If you are adding sliced almonds to your cherry overnight oats, I would recommend stirring it in until just before you eat it. The almonds will stay crunchy when adding to your oats as a topping.

What is the ratio for overnight oats?

The ratio to making overnight oats is equal parts of the following: 1 part plain Greek yogurt: 1 part Old Fashioned rolled oats: 1 part Milk.


Overhead shot of overnight oats in mason jar, with fresh pitted, cherry halves on top.

Can you eat raw oats with yogurt?

Yes, you can eat raw oats with yogurt. The oats do not have to be cooked, and can be consumed raw.

Can you heat overnight oats with yogurt?

Yes, overnight oats can be heated. If you would prefer overnight oats hot, instead of cold, simply heat in the microwave on :30 second increments, stirring each time. It will take approximately 60-90 seconds to heat thoroughly.

Can you leave overnight oats at room temperature?

No, you cannot leave overnight oats at room temperature. Because overnight oats contain yogurt and milk, they need to be kept refrigerated after mixing.

Do overnight oats have to be refrigerated?

Yes, because overnight oats contain yogurt and milk, they need to be refrigerated.

Overhead shot of cherry almond overnight oats, with spoonful of oats coming out of the jar.

What can I top overnight oats with Greek yogurt with?

The possibilities are endless when topping your overnight oats. I recommend additional fresh cherries, sliced almonds, a drizzle of almond butter, granola clusters, additional chia seeds and a sprinkle of oats are all great options.


Jar of cherry overnight oats, topped with fresh cherry halves and sliced almonds.

If you loved this healthy make-ahead breakfast recipe, check out some of my other similar recipes:

Blueberry Overnight Oats

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

Ham and Veggie Baked Egg Cups

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Cherry Almond Breakfast Cookies at Real Housemoms

Pumpkin Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Peanut Butter Banana Baked Oatmeal

Almond Joy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Love fresh cherries? Here’s a few of my favorite cherry recipe:

Cherry Almond Scones

Healthy Broccoli Salad with Apples and Cherries

Cherry Almond Crumble Tart

Cherry Crisp Cups

Bowl of cherry overnight oats, topped with additional fresh cherries, sliced almonds, chia seeds and a sprinkle of dry oats.

Here’s the recipe for my Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt:



399 cal


11 g


71 g


10 g
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Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek Yogurt

A healthy, easy make-ahead breakfast idea! This Cherry Overnight Oats with Greek yogurt is made with clean ingredients, protein-rich and the perfect way to start your day!

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 c. Old Fashioned rolled oats (NOT quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 c. milk (dairy or plant-based)
  • 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 c. fresh cherries, pitted and halved (can also use frozen cherries)
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp. sliced or chopped almonds


  1. In a pint-sized mason jar or any resealable container, add the yogurt, milk, vanilla and honey. Stir together well. Add the oatmeal, chia seeds and salt. Mix together until combined.
  2. Stir in the halved cherries until just combined.
  3. Place a lid on the container and refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours.
  4. Once ready to eat, top with almonds (if desired) and additional fresh cherries. Will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.


Refrigeration time is 6 hours or overnight. This will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. Sweetener substitutes: maple syrup, or any other granular sweeteners, like monk fruit extract, Swerve or Lakanto brand sweeteners. If fresh cherries are out of season, feel free to use frozen cherries. I would NOT recommend maraschino cherries or cherry pie filling, as these have loads of sugar, high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.


lacto vegetarian
gluten free
egg free
soy free
wheat free
seafood free
sulfite free
sesame free
mustard free
No Bake


Healthy and Easy Cherry Overnight Oats: photo collage of jar of oats, ingredients and spoonful of oats.

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