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Black Forest Overnight Oats

6 hr + 7 min



One-bowl / one-pot


10 ingredients or less

The traditional German Black Forest cake or gâteau is a delicious combination of chocolate sponge layers, whipped cream, and a rich cherry filling. Our inspired oats have a chocolatey base, swirled with juicy cherries and topped with thick yogurt. Dessert for breakfast, anyone?



6 hr + 7 min


7 min


6 hr


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Optional toppings

  • chocolate shavings
  • fresh cherry
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  1. In a small bowl, mix the oats, milk, flaxseed, almond butter, cocoa and almond extract.
  2. Spoon the mixture into a mason jar, alternating with spoonfuls of the cherry pie filling. Alternatively, to speed it up, mix all the ingredients directly in the jar. The cherry pockets won't be as prominent, but it'll be just as delicious!
  3. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  4. In the morning, top with yogurt and other desired garnish and enjoy!


  • * Nutrition tip: aim to use plant-based milk and yogurt that are fortified with calcium.


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Grains 52%

old-fashioned rolled oats

Proteins 35%

unsweetened soy milk

ground flaxseeds

almond butter

Fruits & Veggies 13%

cherry pie filling


unsweetened soy milk

unsweetened coconut yogurt


ground flaxseeds

almond butter

Nutrition info

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Anna - April 9, 2021, 9:07 a.m.

Hmm so delicious! All of them will be so perfect in hot summer.
As I'am german, we can't buy cherry pie filling here, so I did my own after the recipe of my past apprenticeship as confectioner/pastry chef (it's in one here).

Defrost cherries, press a lot of liquid (don't throw away) out of them without crushing, then weight them

For 50g of pressed cherries
6g sugar or syrup of choice
A small slit of bio-orange with the peel on
A small slit of bio-citron with peel on
4g wheat starch, replace with corn starch

Cook everything with the liquid of the cherries like pudding, let cool and enjoy

If some like the real black forest taste (Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte in german), eat it as lunch and pour a lot of some cherry alcohol in the oats, because that's what they do with the cake. Then ... Have fun!

PUL Team - April 9, 2021, 11:21 p.m.

This is so awesome, Anna! Thank you so much for taking the time to share 🤩

Louise Magnusson 🇸🇪 - March 27, 2021, 4:09 p.m.

Absolutely amazing! The bitterness from the cacao powder goes so well with the sweet cherries. I used canned cherries that I suppose are not as sweet as cherry pie filling, which might have reduced the heaviness. I topped my overnight oat with yoghurt, some more canned cherries, almond flakes, and chopped 80 % chocolate. I got the Black Forest cake feeling😋☺️

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 8:33 p.m.

Canned cherries are a great idea, Louise! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review with us 😀

Bria - March 27, 2021, 3:42 p.m.

Can you share what brands of coconut yogurt you use? It always looks so thick and delicious and I can’t seem to find yogurt like that!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 7:28 p.m.

Hi Bria, we usually use the Albert Heijn brand (…)! Not sure where in the world home is for you, but if you get a chance to give it a try, we think it's great 😀

Jane eyre - March 24, 2021, 8:25 p.m.

These were pretty good! Thick and heavy - will stick to the ribs and keep you full! Recommend adding some tart plain yogurt on top and a sprinkle of salad to add a pop of flavor to this mild overnight oats recipe

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 6:16 a.m.

Oo thank you for the recommendations, Jane! That sounds delicious 😍🤤

Alexa - March 22, 2021, 9:21 a.m.

I never comment on recipes. This jar of oats was so delicious I felt compelled to write a review. Sweet and creamy, but not too rich. Filling, but not heavy. The flavors remind me a lot of my grandma’s Black Forest brownies. I will make this one again and again. I made the recipe as stated, except I subbed out the cherry pie filling for Winco brand frozen cherries, because that’s what I had on hand. They worked great. Thanks for the great recipe, Pick Up Limes!

PUL Team - April 2, 2021, 1:56 a.m.

Thank YOU for the glowing review, Alexa! It's super appreciated 🥰

Hicksbean - March 22, 2021, 9:12 a.m.

This is so insanely good! I swapped out the cherry pie filling for some jam I already had at home, almond butter for cashew butter, and used chia instead of flax seeds. Topped it off with some cacao cinnamon dusted almonds and some frozen cherries and this is the best breakfast I had in a long time. Thank you AND i can't wait to try your other oat recipes <3

PUL Team - March 31, 2021, 5:57 a.m.

Mmm what lovely substitutions! Thanks so much for sharing, Hicksbean 🤗

lpb - March 22, 2021, 8:46 a.m.

I’ve never tried black forest before but I thought the cherry part was the best part for sure! Maybe add a little less cocoa powder to make it less bitter and a little bit less almond extract, but it was pretty good!

PUL Team - March 30, 2021, 11:08 p.m.

Thank you for sharing, lpb! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Michaela - March 22, 2021, 8:40 a.m.

Very delicious!
I make my own cherrypiefilling with frozen cherries.

Sadia - March 29, 2021, 4:24 p.m.

oooh that's a great idea!

uLi - March 22, 2021, 8:39 a.m.

This is so delicious! Haven't had overnight oats in a while but got a craving after seeing the video with your recipe ideas. Just made the black forest overnight oats for my breakfast tomorrow and cannot wait to have it! :)

Sadia - March 29, 2021, 4:17 p.m.

I hope you enjoyed it uLi! 🤗