Cherry Kiwi Oatmeal

I guess it’s kiwi(fruit) week! Probably because I was at my parents’ house and I convinced my mom to buy me some kiwi, and I figured I should probably finish it all before I flew back to New York. 🙂

I also convinced her to buy me these cherries. Notice a theme?

Cherry Kiwi Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #Vegan

My recipe calls for dried orange peel, which is my latest discovery. It adds such a natural and subtle brightness to foods (and is much less potent than, say, lemon or orange extract). I think it’s a great way to add flavor instead of resorting to sweeteners.

I understand that might be a difficult ingredient to find, so don’t worry–you can always add a splash of orange juice, or even some orange zest or orange extract. Or, heck, you could omit it altogether. However, I loved how this interacted with the cherries, so I highly recommend getting a little bit of orange pow in this porridge.

Cherry Kiwi Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist

If you’re interested in getting this, I bought mine from a natural food co-op in the bulk spices section. I bet you could find it jarred in a decent spice section (like at Whole Foods).

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Cherry Kiwi Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water*
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
  • 1/4 tsp dried orange peel, or a splash of orange juice
  • 10 fresh cherries, stems and pits removed
  • 2 fresh kiwifruit, or 1 if it's large
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk to a low boil, add oats and orange peel, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Peel the kiwi. Dice half of it and mash up the other half with a fork. Stir the mashed portion into oatmeal. Reserve the diced half for topping.
  3. Dice your cherries. Save a few for topping and stir the rest into the oatmeal.
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt to the oatmeal. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with the reserved kiwi and cherries, and add any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, 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.

PB Lovers: This recipe goes great with PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams!

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.

One Response to Cherry Kiwi Oatmeal

  1. Cassie says:

    I generally reap the health benefits of orange and lemon rinds when I drink green tea or fresh water! Simply putting lemon slices in my beverages helps my digestion, energy and overall well-being so drastically! Of course, a rind doesn’t taste good by itself. XD

    I’ve been loving cherries as well! They’re so juicy, sweet and delicious! The problem is that they make your teeth super red, haha! It’s very much worth the Dracula look, however!

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