Baked oatmeal has never been so sinfully sweet: dark chocolate cherry baked oatmeal is a cross between breakfast and dessert. This recipe features dark chocolate baked oatmeal flavored with cocoa, sugar and vanilla extract, covered in a layer of cooked, sweet cherries. Dark chocolate cherry baked oatmeal is the perfect solution for a sweet tooth, or the perfect sweet, healthy and balanced breakfast.
What is baked oatmeal? What does this one taste like?
Baked oatmeal offers the comfort of a warm bowl of oatmeal, but with the ease and convenience of baking a cake to make multiple servings. I first started making baked oatmeal for this exact reason: I love warm oatmeal, but I didn’t want to make it every morning (let’s face it, stirring oatmeal on the stove is not the most fun or practical for a daily breakfast). Sure, you can get those packages of instant oatmeal with flavors, but if you’re anything like me, those don’t really keep me satisfied.
What makes this one different?
This baked oatmeal is bulked up with other healthy ingredients to make this dish super satisfying, as well as delicious. It even has a built-in side dish and flavor enhancer: cherries! This baked oatmeal has the wonderful flavors of dark chocolate (from unsweetened cocoa powder both in the baked oatmeal, plus sprinkled on top), sweet cane sugar, and tart, luxuriously sweet cherries. I love the flavor combination of chocolate and cherries. It is just the best! What you’ll need to make dark chocolate cherry baked oatmeal
- unsweetened applesauce
- cocoa powder
- kosher salt
- vanilla extract
- baking powder
- old fashioned oats
- unsweetened almond or cashew milk, or skim milk
- lemon juice
- frozen cherries
- I used frozen cherries here to avoid having to remove the pits in all of them.
- If you prefer to use fresh cherries, remove the pits. You will also have to add 1/4 cup of water when cooking them on the stove top.
- Since frozen cherries hold a lot of water, no extra water is needed for this method.
- Substitution suggestions:
- If you don’t like or are allergic to bananas, add more unsweetened applesauce (approximately 1 cup is equivalent to two bananas).
- If you are diabetic or do not want to use real sugar, you can use sugar replacements.
Dark Chocolate Cherry Baked Oatmeal
- baking dish, casserole dish, pie plate
- mixing bowl
- 2 bananas, overripe
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp sugar, I used Cane Sugar; it is coarser
- 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup cashew milk, unsweetened, or almond milk or skim
- 1.5 cups old fashioned oats
- 2 cups cherries, frozen, about a 10-12 oz bag
- 1 tsp corn starch
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- Add the topping ingredients (except for the cocoa powder) to a small saucepan.
- Cook the cherries for 10 minutes on medium heat or until broken down and into a thick jam consistency. Set aside,
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Spray a small baking dish or casserole with cooking spray. I used an 8.5" x 11" 2.5qt casserole dish for this.
- Add the bananas to the bottom of a mixing bowl, and mash them with a fork.
- Add the applesauce, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and vanilla extract, and stir to combine.
- Add the milk. Whisk together.
- Add the oats. Fold in.
- Pour the mixture evenly into the baking dish.
- Pour the cooked cherry topping on top of the oatmeal. Spread in an even layer.
- Sprinkle with the 1/4 tsp cocoa powder.
- Bake at 375 for 35 minutes.
- 5 points
Links to similar recipes
If you like baked oatmeal recipes that incorporate fruit toppings, you might also enjoy these recipes: Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Peach Baked Oatmeal Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal Raspberry White Chocolate Baked Oatmeal As well as the base of this recipe, which is the classic: Dark Chocolate Baked Oatmeal