Chia Oatmeal bowl with cherries -- made with fresh almond milk and homemade cherry Greek yogurt -- ready in 5 mins!

Chia and Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl with Cherries

Chia Oatmeal bowl with cherries

Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Quaker Oats and National Dairy Council. I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

As big fans of no-bake snacks and muesli (especially my Cereal Swag) we eat a ton of raw oatmeal for breakfast in my house. And on most days, Norah can’t get enough Greek yogurt into her belly. That being said, I thought this oatmeal breakfast bowl was the perfect way to use these two ingredients to create something creamy, decadent and dessert-like, without all the added sugar and fat.

Cherry Chia & Oatmeal

This oatmeal breakfast bowl with chia is perfect for breakfast and really hits the spot. Why is this the most perfect breakfast? For one, it’s creamy and decadent while still being healthy. It’s got lots of fiber to keep you full, lean protein to keep you satisfied, and a little healthy plant fat for delicious texture. And don’t forget the minerals…this breakfast bowl is a great source of potassium, phosphorus, manganese and calcium.

Cherry Chia & Oatmeal BowlIt’s also very versatile. You can use any fruit you have on hand, you can mix up the yogurt flavor, or you can use different types of nut butter. It’s super easy to make, too. First I blended a spoonful of almond butter with some water and vanilla extract (plus a few dates for some sweetness).  Then I added the raw oatmeal and chia seed. I love the thickening power of chia and it was perfect to give the oatmeal some bulk. While the oatmeal mixture was setting up I stirred some cherry juice into plain Greek yogurt. You could use any type of yogurt you want here, I just like the tang of plain.

Cherry Chia & Oatmeal

I served my oatmeal breakfast bowl layered in the these cute glasses I got from the Home Goods store, but you can totally use a bowl. Don’t forget to top it off with tons of cherries!  So delicious and perfect after a workout. I hope you’ll try it.

Cherry Chia & Oatmeal

Chia and Oatmeal Breakfast Bowl with Cherries

Ingredients

  • 1/2-3/4 cup raw oats
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp chia seed
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened cherries, thawed
  • few drops stevia, optional

Instructions

  1. Blend the almond butter, water, dates and vanilla extract in a blender. Then add oats and chia seed and blend again until well combined. Place the Greek yogurt in a small bowl and stir in some of the cherry juice from the thawed cherries. You can sweeten this up with some stevia or honey at this point, if you'd like. Layer the yogurt and the oatmeal mixture in a bowl and top with cherries.
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26 replies
  1. Cory
    Cory says:

    After seeing the pictures and reading through the post… I am so trying this. I am on some sort of health kick right now and this does look Delish!

    Thanks Danielle for giving me an awesome breakfast idea.

  2. Cory
    Cory says:

    Everything is fantastic! Pics, whole website, layout/design everything. So good.

    You are my go to place now for healthy options.

  3. Naomi
    Naomi says:

    When you saw raw oatmeal, do you mean uncooked? So just grab some oatmeal from the package and use? Any special kind? We have whole grain and steel cut.
    Thanks!

  4. Danielle Omar
    Danielle Omar says:

    yup, just regular old oatmeal. I like to use the quick cooking kind as they provide a much finer texture when eating raw. Steel cut quick cooking are great!

  5. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    This is a good one, Dani! So glad you are still working hard to help those of us who need quick and easy healthy options. I always like that your recipes involve real food that I can find in any grocery store with fresh produce. Keep at it!

  6. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Ps. Is there any decent substitute for almond butter? Seems these days everyone’s recipes include it, but I am unfortunately one of those strange individuals who’s allergic to tree nuts–especially almonds! 🙁

  7. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    ALWAYS!! I love your recipes and to see how much your enterprise is growing. Hope everyone knows how good you are on television too! xoxoxo

  8. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Yes. That sounds good. Sunflower butter I have never tried, but will now. I can do that. Thanks Dani!!!!

  9. Min@mjandhungryman
    Min@mjandhungryman says:

    I love how versatile this recipe is! I,too, love adding chia seeds to smoothies, oatmeal’s, etc. I’ve been eating my fair share of cherries this summer…not ready to say goodbye just yet. I better save some for this bfast bowl! 😉

  10. Christine
    Christine says:

    I made this yesterday and loved it as an afternoon snack and loved the cherries. Is this recipe for one serving or two?

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