Bakewell Tart Overnight Oats

These Bakewell Tart Overnight Oats are dessert in a bowl. Packed with cherries, nuts, jam and fragrant almond extract, it feels more like pudding than breakfast. The oats are creamy, the cherries sweet and tangy and the almonds crunchy for that diverse range of textures and flavours. Better still, this oatmeal bowl is vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.

Top view of white overnight oats porridge topped with cherry compote, almonds and cherries in white stone bowl on bright pink table

Overnight oats are super simple to make and require no prep the next morning – just you, your belly and a spoon!

What are Overnight Oats?

Overnight oats are basically oats combined typically with milk, water or yoghurt in a bowl, glass or jar and left overnight to soak in the fridge. They are usually eaten for breakfast but can also be enjoyed as a snack. Best of all, there’s no cooking involved. All you need are some tasty sprinkles and drizzles to add to the top.

Unlike the usual hot porridge or oatmeal, overnight oats are usually not as gooey and tend to be a bit more smooth and less stodgy.

What is Bakewell Tart?

One of my favourite tea time treats in England, this is a crumbly pastry tart filled with a cakey layer infused with almond extract, a layer of jam, thick fondant icing and a cherry on top. I’ve tried to emulate the flavours and layers in this healthier porridge version so I can have my all time favourite dessert first thing in the morning!

How do you make Overnight Oats?

Literally add milk, water or yoghurt to the oats in a vessel of your choice along with any tasty additions such as nuts, seeds, nut butter, sweetener etc and place in the fridge before you go to bed.

Questions about Overnight Oats

Are oats gluten-free? This question is a little tricky to answer as some people with sensitivities to gluten have reported reactions even with oats classified gluten-free. The challenge lies in the ability to segregate oats from other gluten-containing grains during the processing stages. However the majority of those with gluten sensitivities are able to tolerate gluten-free oats.

How long can I keep overnight oats for in the fridge? Overnight oats can last around 3 days in the fridge, but I find the texture gets a bit more gummy over time so one night is better than 3 in my opinion!

What type of oats can I use to make overnight oats? Old fashioned or rolled oats are the best type of oats to use for this recipe. Steel-cut oats tend to be quite tough and bulky and take much longer to achieve the same smooth and creamy texture as their smaller, more delicate counterparts.

Can I heat my overnight oats? Overnight oats can be heated up, but the texture becomes a little more sticky than if they were eaten cold. Both are absolutely fine, it’s just a matter of preference.

Are overnight oats healthier than oats that haven’t been soaked? Oats contain an ‘anti-nutrient’ called pytate or phytic acid, which can interfere with the absorption of minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium. However this also acts as an antioxidant so the term is kind of contradictory since research shows phytates to protect against some diseases. Some methods such as sprouting, soaking and fermenting can reduce phytate content and activity. Since overnight oats are soaked in liquid, the phytate content has been reduced in this process.


Serving size:

Serves 1


  • 50g oats
  • 150ml plant milk
  • Handful cherries pitted
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1-2 tbsp almonds


  1. Mix the milk, oats and almond extract in a bowl and leave aside.
  2. Add the maple syrup and cherries to a saucepan and cook on medium heat until cherries and softened (around 10 minutes).
  3. Place cherries in a blender and blitz to a smooth puree (optional).
  4. Pour over the oats and sprinkle with almonds then leave in the fridge overnight.

Made this Recipe?

If you had a go at these bakewell tart overnight oats, feel free to give me a shout on Instagram at @foodflaneur  – would love to see your pics!

If you love Overnight Oats…

You should definitely give these recipes a try:

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

Cinnamon Spice Overnight Oats

Chocolate Orange Overnight Oats

Hot Chocolate Pudding Porridge

Thanks to…

Cookie + Kate for her inspiration in helping me create this recipe. You can find her version here: https://cookieandkate.com/overnight-oats-recipe/.

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