Cherry-Berry Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 and Toasted Coconut

I used to have a strong aversion to cooking my fruits in my oatmeal. What was the point of having fresh fruit if I were just going to boil it to oblivion in my oatmeal? However, I’ve recently come around.

First of all, the flavor is astounding. Second of all, it’s a perfect solution if you’re working with frozen fruits (as I often am when it comes to cherries). And third of all, you can still include fresh chopped berries that you add in later, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Cherry-Berry Oatmeal with Chocolate PB and Toasted Coconut

This recipe reminds me of my Black Forest Oatmeal, and I almost called it Black Forest Oatmeal 3.0 (since I’ve made so many versions of this particular flavor). However, I decided against it.

Cherry-Berry Oatmeal topped with Chocolate PB2 and Toasted Coconut

I used chocolate PB2 (obviously), but you can sub in any chocolate nut butter (yes, including Nutella), or you can take regular peanut butter and mix in cocoa powder–and maybe some sweetener if you think it’s necessary.

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Cherry-Berry Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 and Toasted Coconut

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats
  • 5 frozen or fresh cherries, pitted and halved
  • 5-10 fresh strawberries (frozen not recommended)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • For topping
  • serving of chocolate PB2 or nut butter* (OR Faux-reo Cookie PB2)
  • unsweetened coconut flakes or chips
  • optional: chocolate chips, chunks, or chopped dark chocolate; almonds; strawberries for garnish

How to make it:

  1. Add liquid to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a low boil and add oats. Reduce heat to medium low (it should be at a simmer).
  2. Add halved frozen cherries.
  3. Dice strawberries (the smaller, the better, in my opinion) and add HALF of them to the oatmeal along with the vanilla extract and salt.
  4. While you wait, toast your coconut. In a small skillet over medium low heat, add a handful of coconut. Shake the skillet occasionally so the coconut toasts evenly. When coconut starts to show tooasty golden goodness, remove from heat and set aside.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, stir in the remaining strawberries, and then transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of milk, chocolate PB2, and toasted coconut, and any other optional toppings.

Just an FYI:

* You can make your own chocolate nut butter or PB2 by mixing in a teaspoon of cocoa powder. If desired, you could also add sweetener.

Cherry-Berry Oatmeal topped with Chocolate PB and Toasted Coconut

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.

7 Responses to Cherry-Berry Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 and Toasted Coconut

  1. Lyndsey B says:

    I just can’t get over how beautiful your pictures always are! It makes the oatmeal even more tantalizing 🙂 I can’t wait to try this recipe, maybe even with blueberries, my favorite berry.

  2. Sandra says:

    I am really glad to hear that you over came your aversion to fruit cooked in oatmeal, Lauren!! Frozen fruit cooked in oatmeal is the best!! The nutritional value doesn’t drastically decrease, and the oatmeal come out to be a very pretty color depending on the fruit used. Blueberry infused oatmeal always comes out as an unbelievable purple. I never cooked fresh berries or cherries in oatmeal, but the only fresh fruits I used in oatmeal were bananas and apples. Once I finally complete the microwave poached fruit experiment, I will be trying this recipe with the frozen cherries and strawberries I purchased.

  3. Your pictures are just amazing! I have tried and failed a gazillion times to take a picture with a white background, so consider me one very impressed oatmeal fan.

  4. Cassie says:

    Oh yes! Cherry season is back! I used to use cherries as lipstick when I was a kid actually–will this oatmeal make my lips red? XD

  5. Winter Veloria says:

    Lauren, I really want to thank you for your article, “Dear People with Children: My Life is Not Meaningless.” My mind screams “yes, exactly” for all the points you have mentioned, how very open-minded and considerate all the reasons you have listed are for people without children. Nothing is black and white and you have provided points of views that many people with children have not considered. Having children does not automatically make a woman more nurturing and compassionate.

    I do not have and do not wish to have children, but that does not mean I do not care about others and their well-being, all humans and animals and other living things big and small. I can and will be kind and generous to those who are kind and generous to me.

    A woman does not have to feel forced to have children to feel more feminine. Societal pressures and “standards” I feel contribute to the whole “you will need to have babies soon” mentality that many childless women in their mid-late 20’s face.

    I want to be able to travel wherever and whenever I want, as often as I want, without worrying about having to find schools or the right location…I want to be able to live in the tiny home of my dreams without having to put up with whining and crying.

    I want to be able to contribute something to world and be rested enough to give it my all for everything I believe in. I want to have enough money saved for retirement, without stressing about it running out and not getting help from ungrateful children (with this day and age I see more rude, ungrateful children than I do well-raised and respectful ones).

    I can go on and on and on for personal and world-changing reasons.

    Thank you and keep doing what you do, as well as helping to give voice to perspectives others may be too narrow-minded to consider,


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