Apple-Cherry Oatmeal

My family is quite accepting of my oatmeal love. In fact, when we were camping the other day, my mom made sure to have some rolled oats and almond milk packed for me. How sweet!


Even more sweet was what she bought for me: fresh cherries. I’ve wanted to use them in oatmeal for the longest time, but they’re so gosh darn expensive! I mentioned to her that I’ve always wanted some, and much to my delight, she actually bought some!


I couldn’t believe how delicious this was. Cherries taste delightful on their own, but cooked in oatmeal really brought out the flavor. Some fruits lose their flavor in oatmeal. Cherries seem to gain flavor!

Apple-Cherry Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 small apple
  • 5 or more cherries, fresh or dried
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil.
  2. While you're waiting for the liquid to boil, prep your fruits. Slice and dice your apples, and cut your cherries in half and remove the pits. Set them aside in a bowl.
  3. Once the liquid starts to boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. Add flax or chia if you'd like. Then, add apples and cherries.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon. Stir.
  5. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, raisins, sunflower seeds), do so now.
  6. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.). You could also top with more cherries!

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About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

2 Responses to Apple-Cherry Oatmeal

  1. Lyndsey B says:

    This is an interesting combination. I went apple picking, so there are a bunch of apples calling my name, and I would love to try this recipe! I am thinking of incorporating this into a baked version and using dried cherries (which are all I have at the moment).

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