Cherry Pineapple Oatmeal

I learned after making Carrot Pineapple Oatmeal that adding pineapple to anything is a game-changer. It’s a way to add great flavor and sweetness to something that wouldn’t be sweet or flavorful otherwise. ? Cherries on their own have great flavor, but not so much in oatmeal.

Cherry Pineapple Oatmeal #vegan #oatmealartist

I’ve been trying to return to simpler porridges lately. Brownie Baked Oatmeal with Matcha Cashew Filling is great, and Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate PB2 Frosting is grand, but there’s a reason why I just make Fudgy Banana & Peanut Butter Oatmeal every day instead of those elaborate concoctions.

(It’s probably the same reason I have avocado toast for lunch 5 times a week. ?)

Cherry Pineapple Oatmeal #vegan

The best part about simple porridges is that you can go crazy on toppings. Sometimes when I make complex recipes, I get disappointed that I can’t throw a thousand different nuts or fruits or nut butters on top without ruining it. The toppings are the best part sometimes.

Cherry Pineapple Oatmeal

The other great part about this recipe is that you can make it with frozen fruits. I have built up quite a stock of frozen fruits lately: cherries, pineapple, mango, wild blueberries. They all work great in oatmeal. (Just avoid frozen strawberries at all costs. Unless you like frozen red ice cubes, because that’s what they end up tasting like.)

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Cherry Pineapple Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice (try coconut!), or water*
  • 1/4 cup quick-cook steel cut oats*
  • 1/4 cup (or more) fresh or frozen cherries, halved or quartered
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen diced pineapple
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

How to make it:

  1. Add liquid to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a low boil and add oats. Reduce heat to medium low (it should be at a simmer).
  2. Add cherries and pineapples, and stir..
  3. When more liquid has absorbed in the oatmeal, add vanilla extract and salt.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of milk and any other desired toppings (fresh or dried fruit, coconut, nut butters, etc). I topped with toasted coconut and chocolate PB2.

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.

Cherry Pineapple Oatmeal #oatmealartist #vegan

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 Pineapple Oatmeal

  1. Cassie says:

    I also bought some chocolate powdered peanut butter this weekend for a really good deal at TJ Maxx! I’m trying SO SO hard not to use it too much so that I can have more for a longer time, but I’m hooked! Anyways, I’ve been trying to simplify my foods as well; I know that I can go crazy on the toppings and the elaboration of everything, but it can get overwhelming when having to remember every single thing in a recipe.

  2. I usually make the same porridges in the morning too! Lately I’ve been loving recipes with oranges or berries. 🙂

  3. Sandra Florie says:

    Cherry AND pineapple with a touch of coconut is far from basic!!! I have honestly never thought of combining pineapple and cherries before. I’ve heard of pineapple and coconut in the form of pina colada, and the combination of cherry and coconut in the form of dairy free ice cream. This oatmeal combining the 3 fruits sounds like a superb way to get the health benefits of each fruit!

  4. Jessica N says:

    I’m really excited about this oatmeal! Thank you for providing the quick note on how to make it with rolled oats – they are more loved in my house – and thanks for going back to simple!! Next time I’m at the grocery store, I’m going to pick up some cherries! Can’t wait to try it!!

  5. That is one good looking bowl of oatmeal. I love cherries and pineapple, this is so creative. Thanks for linking to my pulled BBQ carrots recipe. Please let me know what you think. 🙂

  6. Kelsey says:

    Yes, toppings are the best part! Can’t wait to try this one. Also, frozen strawberries, microwaved until they’re hot and smashed gently with a fork makes a great strawberry syrup-like topping for oatmeal or oatcakes.

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