This recipe has been on my mind for at LEAST half a year. Why, oh why, must cherries cost so much??
I once tried this with cheap cherry jam. I was at a diner for Sunday breakfast, and they had those little individual packets of jams. I immediately thought of my chocolate-cherry idea, and I snatched one and hid it in my purse. 😉
Sadly, it did not turn out as I had hoped. Cheap, processed cherry jam is lame. Luckily, I can confidently tell you that FRESH CHERRIES are spectacular, and they make this oatmeal so wonderful. Finally, my chocolate-cherry dreams have been met!
What you'll need:
- 1 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 10 or so cherries, fresh or dried
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- handful of dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to make it:
- Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil. While you're waiting for it to begin boiling, prepare your cherries: rinse, slice in half, and remove the pits. Set the prepped cherries in a bowl and set aside.
- Once the liquid is boiling, add the rolled oats and reduce heat to medium.
- Dump in your halved cherries (save some for topping, if you wish) and stir!
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt.
- If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, raisins, sunflower seeds), do so now.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, drop in about half of the chocolate chips and lightly swirl them into the oatmeal. Then, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice, and top with the remaining chocolate chips (and cherries) and any other preferred toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).