A delicious and easy way to dress up your overnight oats with a cherry chia jam that’s sweetened with coconut nectar and topped with pecans.
I was already officially an overnight oatmeal convert, but now I am full-blown obsessed. This cherry chia seed jam (compote? What’s the difference…) really made this a true treat for me to make and eat. I can’t wait to make all kinds of jams with every fruit I can find. I used frozen Montmorency cherries, since we’re clearly not in cherry season, but this is a pretty sour variety. I ended up preferring that, since the jam wasn’t overly sweet and it only needed a tiny bit of coconut nectar to make it perfect.
You could make the jam the night before with your overnight oats and add it directly into the jar, or you can make it the next day and eat everything warmed up. I’d recommend warming it up, as it’s a perfect breakfast on a cold winter morning and the jam makes your oatmeal taste like pie. I keep saying everything tastes like pie, but this really did, especially when you add pecans on top. YUM!
The jam takes about 15 minutes to make, and then as much time as you want to wait before gobbling it up. The longer you let the chia seeds sit in the juice, the more gelatinous they will become and everything will be more “jam” like. I have zero patience and wanted chunky pieces of warm cherries for breakfast, and I ate them right away without mashing them. You could even throw the whole thing in the blender and make it into a really smooth mixture if you prefer it that way.
For the jam you’ll need:
- 16 oz frozen or fresh cherries
- 2 tbsp coconut nectar
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
Add everything except the chia seeds to a pot over medium-high heat and let it all boil and bubble for about 15 minutes, until the fruit breaks down. Remove the pot from the heat and add in the chia seeds. You can mash the cherries with a fork or leave as is, and let it sit for 15 minutes to firm up, or enjoy immediately.
- What’s your favorite way to eat overnight oatmeal?
- Have you ever tried to make your own jam?