I was desperately low on frozen cherries when I set off to make this recipe. This meant I had only one option: break out the jar of maraschino cherries.
I have struggled in the past to really create strong cherry flavor in oatmeal. Fresh or frozen, cherries tend to be pretty shy when cooked in porridge. I knew maraschino cherries would help, but I felt like that was cheating. Well, it’s time to cheat.
For the recipe, I used half frozen cherries and half maraschino cherries. I even snuck in a bit of the syrup from the jar (less than a teaspoon). What a difference it made! Did I cheat? yeah. Was it worth it? Definitely.
Using cherry juice in place of water would also help. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend cherry extract because I don’t personally enjoy that flavor, but it is also an option to consider.
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What you'll need:
- 3/4 cup milk of choice, water, cherry juice, or coconut water*
- 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
- 1/2 cup cherries, chopped and pitted (fresh, frozen, or maraschino!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3-5 tsp cocoa powder
- Pinch of salt
- Shredded coconut, for topping
- Chocolate nut butter, for topping, optional (I used PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams)
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I used 1/2 c cashew milk and 1/4 c coconut water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Add cherries to the oatmeal. Stir occasionally and cook for about three minutes.
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, shredded coconut, chocolate nut butter (if using), and any other additional toppings (more cherry, nuts, etc.).
Just an FYI:
*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup.