Cherry Coconut Fudge Oatmeal

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.

Cherry Coconut Fudge Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #vegan

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.

Cherry Coconut Fudge Oatmeal by the #OatmealArtist #vegan

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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Cherry Coconut Fudge Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

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:

  1. 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.)
  2. Add cherries to the oatmeal. Stir occasionally and cook for about three minutes.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, and salt. Stir.
  4. 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.

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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.

5 Responses to Cherry Coconut Fudge Oatmeal

  1. Kelsey says:

    These photos look gorgeous! As does the dark chocolate dreams, of course 😉

  2. Heidi says:

    I am absolutely in love with chocolate/cherry! And adding the coconut takes it to a new level! Thanks for sharing this heavenly oatmeal recipe with us!

  3. Cassie says:

    There’s ALWAYS an oatmeal recipe coming if you’re low in fruit! Chocolate and cherries are magical together! I’m so so sad that I don’t have cherries often enough!

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