Chocolate Cherry Chia 24 Hour Oats

Cherries.

Cherries.

Healthy Chia Seeds.

Healthy Chia Seeds.

Every Friday morning, I sweat my way through  an amazing boot camp class at The Refinery here in Portland.  Each week features a different series of moves designed to torture us.  While I am usually exhausted by the end of it, I LOVE it!  It is fun, challenging and awesome to see what my body can and can’t do each week.  Before each class, I have to think carefully about how I am going to fuel my body to get through the workout.  I don’t want to be too weighed down but also want to be sure I have enough fuel to finish.  The last few weeks, I have been relying on versions of  24 hour oats.  With cherry season upon us, these Chocolate Cherry Chia Oats are my new favorite.

All the ingredients before adding the almond milk.

All the ingredients before adding the almond milk.

I added a scoop of vegan vanilla protein powder to my oats because I wanted the extra protein with such a hard workout but you can leave it out if you aren’t interested in extra protein.

We use this protein powder Garden of Life Raw Organic Protein, 622 Grams.

Shaken Oats Ready to Go In the Fridge.

Shaken Oats Ready to Go In the Fridge.

These oats are great because you prep them the night before and then just grab them and go in the morning.  They offer healthy omega-3 fats with the chia seeds, fiber filled oats and a dose of Vitamin C from the cherries.  As you can see from the picture below, it is not a pretty breakfast but it sure tastes good.

Oats ready to eat after 24 hours in the fridge.

Oats ready to eat after 24 hours in the fridge.

Chocolate Cherry Chia 24 Hour Oats

Ingredients

  • 3 tbs of oats
  • 2 tbs of chia seeds
  • 1 tbs of cacao powder
  • 1 tbs of protein powder (optional)
  • shake or two of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of pitted and chopped cherries
  • 1 cup of vanilla almond milk or milk of your choice
  • Maple syrup or other sweetener to taste

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Cover.
  3. Shake until well combined.
  4. (You may have to open and stir with a spoon to be sure everything gets mixed together.)
  5. Place in the fridge overnight.
  6. In the morning, add sweetener of choice and enjoy.
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I usually add a couple of tablespoons of some sort of nut butter for even more flavor and protein.  You can omit it if you want or use whatever type of nut butter you have on hand.

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8 Responses to Chocolate Cherry Chia 24 Hour Oats

  1. Hi,
    When I see chocolate, I come running, so I hopped by from Healthy Vegan Friday to explore your chocolate cherry chia oats recipe. It looks so good and I am delighted to see that it is quite easy to create–literally “shake and make”! I use chia almost every day so now I have a new way to enjoy it. All the best, Deborah

  2. Hannah says:

    Yum yum yum yum! Is there anything better than cherries and chocolate? I mean really?

  3. Marla says:

    Great recipe. I know that Garden of Life has very good products and I love the other ingredients too o- the chia seed, cherries, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and the maple syrup. All so healthy. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop!

  4. I would love to make this now, but I’ll have to wait until I am home from traveling. I like that you added cherries to the soaked mixture so it’s all ready to go in the morning.

  5. Hello breakfast! You never looked so good. Thanks so much for sharing this on Healthy Vegan Fridays. I have pinned this recipe on our Pinterest page. Looking forward to seeing more of you creations =)

  6. What a delectable way to start the day! Thank you for sharing your Chocolate Cherry Chia 24 Hour Oats recipe with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party!

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