Black Forest Cake Oatmeal

This morning, a screeching fire alarm woke me up at 4:26 AM. I do not remember being woken up by it, nor do I remember my first thoughts. My first memory today was standing in the middle of my bedroom, thinking, “I should put pants on.”


This morning, I walked down fifteen flights of stairs in a creepy, side stairwell. I sat in the apartment lobby in my pajamas while waiting for the flashing firetruck to give us the okay. I had no idea what my hair looked like, until I spotted that frizzy lion’s mane in the reflection of a window I passed.

This morning, I stood in a crowd of tired, angry residents slouching and moping in front of the elevators, which were frantically shuffling everyone back up to their apartments. One minute passed. Two minutes passed. People started leaning against walls. Three minutes passed. People sat down. Four minutes passed. We lost hope. We took a deep breath. We took the stairs, each step reminding me that it was 5 AM and our lives officially sucked.


This morning, I sat at the kitchen counter for five minutes, coughing and panting and chugging water, while I waited for my calves to stop burning and my heartbeat to slow down to normal speed.

Then I made breakfast, and remembered why oatmeal exists: Β to saturate every pore of my being with comfort and understated luxury, even on the worst of mornings. Even when you’ve lost an hour of sleep, a bowl of well-made oatmeal can transport you back to your happy place. πŸ™‚

I hope your day started better than mine. πŸ™‚ If not, have some oatmeal and make it better!

Black Forest Cake Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup coconut milk (I recommend from the carton, but the can is fine)
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup fresh, frozen, or dried cherries (pitted, obviously!)
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • shredded coconut for topping

How to make it:

  1. Bring coconut milk to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now. I recommend chia.)
  2. Add cherries immediately.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add cocoa powder and salt. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of coconut milk and shredded coconut. You could also add a dollop of coconut yogurt, coconut whipped cream, and/or more cherries.


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.

8 Responses to Black Forest Cake Oatmeal

  1. aimee says:

    Looks delish! Thanks for the oatmeal inspiration!

  2. Chassi says:

    You’re killing me with these pictures!

  3. BEAhappy says:

    Omg. You are so creative! As I go through your post I’m sitting here like wait, I can do this with oatmeal? I’m so excited!

  4. Mommy Sarah says:

    Sounds like a rough morning! I felt like having a large salad for breakfast today…so going to have this oatmeal for lunch! Love the ideas!

  5. Lyndsey B says:

    4 AM?!? That is simply torture! But really, oatmeal is always the cure to a bad day. Whenever I have a long day at school, I just heat up my favorite oatmeal recipe and feel instantly happier and comforted. This Black Forest Cake Oatmeal is super decadent and always lifts my spirits! However, I prefer the overnight version…#lazy.

  6. Christine says:

    If I use dried cherries, would you recommend lowering the amount to 1/4 cup? A half cup can be a bit much when it comes to dried fruit.

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