Cherry blossom season in South Korea is BEAUTIFUL. Streets and countrysides are lined with trees whose branches are clouds of pink and white blossoms. As the season progresses, these blossoms drop away and float down like a soft, warm wonderful kind of snow and blanket the shoulders of the roadways. But what’s even more beautiful, in my mind, is the bounty of fresh, ripe cherries that follows. Rich, deep-red cherries with shiny, glossy skins are currently lining the shelves of grocery stores, fruit stands and markets everywhere. Their fresh, tart sweetness is begging to be eaten and I am eating them in abundance! I eat them by the handful, the bowful, the bagful, and the whole darn boxful! And guess what happens to pair perfectly with juicy cherries? Rich, complex, oh-so-slightly bitter deep-dark chocolate! I was literally mid-drizzle with my chocolate syrup* poised over a bowl of fresh chopped cherries when my latest idea for Overnight Oatmeal sprang to mind. Dark Chocolate Cherry is decadently delicious and still as healthful, high-protein and wholesome as ever!
Just in time for National Chocolate Chip Day (May 15, 2015, in the U.S. anyway, in case you didn’t know – I didn’t either, until it showed up in my Facebook news feed), I present Triple Chocolate “Chocoholic” Overnight Oatmeal complete with chocolate chips! I couldn’t very well take care of the peanut butter lovers of the world without also thinking about the chocolate lovers of the world, too. And don’t the two go hand in hand? And if I can make an easy, healthy high-protein recipe, of course I will. And of course you will, too. Right?