Cherry Nana Oatmeal with Chocolate Nut Butter

Truthfully, the base of this oatmeal is good enough on its own, and it can be made with just a handful of ingredients. However, given my fundamental need to have nut butter in my stomach on a daily basis, I added the chocolate nut butter. I have no regrets. Obviously, Dark Chocolate Dreams or Nutella or my Faux-reo Cookie PB2 would work great, but I had almond butter on hand, so that’s what I used.

You can make any (nonflavored) nut butter chocolatey by following the instructions from my Mango & Chocolate PB Oatmeal.

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I never expected cherries and bananas to complement each other so well, but they really do. The sweetness from the bananas brings out the flavor of the cherries, and that cherry infusion adds enough wow-factor that no cinnamon is necessary–and I rarely make a banana oatmeal with just fruit and vanilla extract!

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Cherry Nana Oatmeal with Chocolate Nut Butter

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 ripe or overripe banana
  • 5 or more fresh or frozen cherries, pitted and quartered
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp chocolate nut butter** (optional)

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk to a low boil, add oats, and reduce heat to a simmer. (If you'd like to add a teaspoon of flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Mash banana (reserve a bit for topping, if desired) and stir into the oatmeal. Stir in the quartered cherries as well.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt to the oatmeal. Stir.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Top with sliced bananas and more cherries, chocolate nut butter, and 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.

**You could use Nutella, Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, or any other chocolate nut butter. I made my own by mixing in 1 tsp cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp maple syrup to 2 tbsp almond butter. I also stirred in a splash of almond milk to make it less thick.

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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.

6 Responses to Cherry Nana Oatmeal with Chocolate Nut Butter

  1. Heidi says:

    I absolutely love this recipe! Anything with cherries and banana I am there! Do you think I could turn these into overnight oats?

  2. Cassie says:

    I think cherries go well with a lot of things! Vanilla, dark chocolate, raspberries, mint, almonds, you name it! I’ve wanted to try making this oatmeal or cherry nana ice cream to see what the cherry and banana combo someday! It sounds delicious!

  3. Christine says:

    I tried this recipe this morning. It turned out well! I was impressed that the cherry flavor actually came through, because when I’ve put cherries in oatmeal before, the flavor was muted. I used more than five cherries in the oatmeal, plus added a few more for topping. I also topped the oatmeal with sliced bananas and 2 generous tablespoons of Nutella. My only qualm was the steel cut oats. Since I make my oatmeal in the microwave, it can be hard to get the steel cut oats to thicken properly. Next time, I would try using rolled oats. The Nutella was delicious, but I would also try topping with Faux-reo PB2 for variety.

    • Lauren Smith says:

      When you say “steel cut oats,” do you mean actual steel cut oats, or the quick-cooking variety? I hope you mean the quick-cooking, haha. I can’t imagine trying to cook actual steel cut oats in the microwave!!

      • Christine says:

        I mean quick-cooking steel cut oats. The instructions say that you can make them in the microwave. I’ve had luck using them to make your Brownie Batter Oatmeal and Berry Blackout Oatmeal. I think all the cocoa powder helps absorb the liquid. Otherwise, it’s hard to get the oats to the right consistency when I make them in the microwave. They work beautifully in overnight oatmeal, though!

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