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Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal makes a decadent, gluten-free breakfast!
Yeah, you heard me. I said, Cherry. Chocolate. Oatmeal. Omigosh! This bowl of oats really makes a statement in all of its romantically sweet, bitter, and tart splendor. Sweet and tart cherries are paired with mildly bitter, semi-sweet premium chocolate and roasted almonds. It is so decadent and delicious that I had it for two breakfasts in a row!
What you’ll need to make it
Take a second and scrummage through your pantry for some staple items to accompany fresh (or frozen) sweet cherries.
Here’s the lineup:
- Old-fashioned oats
- Sea salt
- Ground cinnamon
- International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream flavor* (see substitutes in recipe card Notes)
- Unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Semi-sweet chocolate (Baker’s Premium Baking Chocolate Bar, Semi-Sweet 56% Cacao was used)
- Fresh sweet cherries, pitted and halved (or frozen ones)
- Cane sugar
- Vanilla extract
- Roasted sliced almonds (garnish)
How to make Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal
1. Prep the cherries
Begin by pitting the cherries with a small paring knife. Just cut them in half, around the seed. Then, carefully carve out the seed with the tip of the knife. Sprinkle them with a little sugar and a splash of vanilla. Stir them a bit and pop them in the microwave for a few seconds until slightly softened.
Pick the right type of cherries
Although this cherry chocolate recipe has some tart elements from the cherries, you want to use sweet versus tart cherries. Sweet cherries (typically Bing cherries) are darker in color, have more tender skin, and are sweet and juicy. Tart cherries are lighter in color, have tighter skin, and are quite tart, not making them as pleasant to eat in their freshest state. In fact, they are typically frozen, jarred, juiced or dried.
If fresh sweet cherries are not easily accessible due to the current season, you can use frozen ‘dark sweet cherries’ and just increase your cooking time to heat them thoroughly. Just expect a major difference in the texture and a bit more cherry juice leftover for pouring over your oats.
2. Make the oats
Let’s make a tasty backdrop for the cherry chocolate topping to come! In a small serving bowl, add the oats, spices, and salt. Next, pour in the water and sweet cream coffee creamer; stir to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds or as instructed on the product’s packaging.
3. Add some chocolate to the oatmeal
Semi-sweet chocolate provides balance in this cherry chocolate oatmeal recipe
Anytime that I can guiltlessly have chocolate for breakfast, I jump to the chance. And as you know, chocolate and cherries are a match made in sweet-tooth heaven. I like to use Baker’s Premium Baking Chocolate Bar, Semi-Sweet 56% Cacao because it is just sweet and bitter enough to complement the fruit, which provides its own natural sweetness.
Considerations for using other types of chocolate
If you are partial to milk chocolate, I would recommend skipping on the flavored coffee creamer in the oatmeal. Especially because milk chocolate is much sweeter and creamier than semi-sweet or dark chocolate.
I would not recommend using dark chocolate alone because your bowl of oats may become too bitter to enjoy. And who wants a bitter breakfast to start the day? Not me!
4. Top the oats with the cherries
Create a picturesque bowl for breakfast and scoop a mound of those tender, plump cherries on top of the chocolatey oats. Glorious!
If you want to impress your special someone with breakfast in bed, choose this Cherry Chocolate Oatmeal recipe to do the trick!
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- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- A pinch of sea salt
- ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tbsp International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream flavor* (see substitutes in Notes)
- ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened vanilla
Cherry Chocolate Topping
- 3 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate, chopped, divided (Baker's Premium Baking Chocolate Bar, Semi-Sweet 56% Cacao* was used)
- ⅓ cup fresh sweet cherries, halved and pitted
- 1 tsp pure cane sugar
- ⅛ tsp vanilla extract
- Roasted sliced almonds (garnish)
- Prep the cherries by cutting them in half with a pairing knife. Then, gently remove the seed by moving the tip of the knife around the edge of the seed until it pops out. Place the cherries in a small bowl and discard the seeds. Sprinkle them with the sugar and stir to evenly coat. Microwave the cherries on high for 30 seconds. Next, add the vanilla extract and stir again. Set them aside as you prep the oatmeal.
- Make the oats. In a separate small serving bowl, add the oats, spices, and salt. Next, pour in the water and coffee creamer; stir to combine. Microwave for 2 minutes 30 seconds or as instructed on the product's packaging.
- Chocolate time! Gently mix in half of the chopped chocolate (about 1.5 tbsp) into the warm oats. Use mostly the larger pieces to create puddles of chocolate. Be careful not to overmix the oatmeal in order to prevent the oats from looking muddy. Then, use your spoon to pull around the edges of the bowl as you pour in the almond milk (to prevent the chocolate from hardening).
- Add the cherries. Lastly, top the oatmeal with the cherries (and their juice) and sprinkle the remaining chocolate over the top. Add the almonds for added texture. Eat and feel the love!
- International Delight Cold Stone Creamery Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer (I use this in all of my sweet oatmeal recipes)
- Baker's Premium Baking Chocolate Bar, Semi-Sweet 56% Cacao
*How to Make a Sweet Cream Coffee Creamer Substitute
- Method 1: 2 tbsp half and half + 1/8 tsp vanilla extract + 1½ tsp sugar
- Method 2: 1 TB greek yogurt + 1/8 tsp vanilla extract + 1½ tsp sugar
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 408Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 64gFiber: 7gSugar: 29gProtein: 8g
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used. I am not a doctor, nor a certified nutritionist and make no claims to the contrary. Each individual’s dietary needs and restrictions are unique to the individual. You are ultimately responsible for all decisions pertaining to your health. Please consult your personal physician with any questions you may have regarding your own health and diet.