Cherry Cashew Oatmeal

This recipe came about from two different needs. 1) More “5 ingredients or less” recipes. 2) I booked a spontaneous flight to visit mon petit ami before my spring semester started, and I wanted to build up my recipe collection before leaving (hence all the guest posts recently). 

Cherry Cashew Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist #vegan

I bought raw cashews recently to make a cashew cheese log during the holidays. I had some leftover that I’ve just been saving for the next time I want to do something impressive with cashews. After a couple months, I decided that I will never be ambitious enough for that, so oatmeal it is.

Cherry Cashew Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist

You could skip the toasting process by buying roasted cashews, but freshly toasted nuts are seriously the best thing your taste buds will ever experience. That toasty flavor is something that just can’t be matched. (Bonus: it makes your kitchen smell positively brilliant.)

Cherry Cashew Oatmeal #vegan #OatmealArtist

This is a very simple recipe, but you could amp it up if desired. My favorite way is to add 1/4 tsp cardamom, but I’m Crazy4Cardamom lately. Other options are using almond extract instead of vanilla, adding 1/4 tsp cinnamon (it is so interesting with berries!), chocolate chips, or a splash of lime juice!

If you want to pump up the cherry flavor, consider adding a small spoonful of maraschino cherry juice. ??

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Cherry Cashew Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 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
  • 1/2 cup (or more) chopped, pitted, and halved/diced cherries (I used frozen)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla or hazelnut extract
  • pinch of salt
  • handful raw cashews, for topping

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 cherries and stir.
  3. While you wait, toast your cashews. In a small skillet over medium low heat, add a handful of cashews. Shake the skillet occasionally so they toast evenly. When cashews starts to show toasty golden goodness, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. When more liquid has absorbed in the oatmeal, add vanilla extract and salt.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of milk, toasted cashews, and any other desired toppings (fresh or dried fruit, coconut, nut butters, etc).

Just an FYI:

For a fun variation, add 1/4 tsp cardamom.

Cherry Cashew Oatmeal #OatmealArtist

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.

3 Responses to Cherry Cashew Oatmeal

  1. Cassie says:

    I tend to go crazy with the toppings on my oatmeal, so that is the only complicated part of my recipes LOL! I’ve been wanting to incorporate more cashews into my diet too–especially with cashew butter, mmmmm! This is another great way to do it!

  2. Already in love with Nut Butter Nut and this recipe! Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Sandra Florie says:

    The homemade cashew butter can wait! I will definitely be using the cashews I bought at Costco along with the frozen cherries I purchased for this recipe I ought to try. Then again, I don’t see why homemade cashew butter can’t serve as a topping too.

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