Chocolate cherry baked oatmeal just in time for cherry season! Someone suggested this flavor to me, and I literally made it immediately! Loaded with sweet cherries and rich dark chocolate, which are the perfect pair. Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream was one of my favorite flavors growing up, and this combination will always remind of that. So here’s my baked oatmeal version of that flavor! It’s just too good, you’ll be wanting to make this one again and again!
What is baked oatmeal?
Baked oatmeal is oatmeal baked in a pan making breakfast incredibly easy. You can make it ahead so that all you have to do is warm it in the morning or eat it straight from the fridge (which I often do)! It’s a great simple breakfast or snack option. It tastes like dessert and it’s just so delicious!
What you need to make chocolate cherry baked oatmeal + substitutions:
- Quick oats- I love using quick oats, because it gives it the best texture! This is my absolute favorite way to make baked oatmeal, it gives it a dense brownie-like texture. You can substitute with rolled oats, which will make it a little more chewy/ crumbly, but still fabulous!! Steel cut oats won’t work for this one.
- Cashew milk- You can definitely substitute with almond milk, dairy milk, whatever milk. Doesn’t make a difference!
- Maple syrup– Maple syrup is my preferred sweetener but you can also use honey or brown sugar.
- Greek yogurt- I prefer using plain greek yogurt, like Fage 5% or 2%, but you can also substitute with dairy-free if needed.
- Eggs- The eggs helps bind the recipe. You could substitute with flax or chia eggs.
- Vanilla extract- The key to any baked good!
- Baking powder- Baking powder helps the oatmeal to rise.
- Sea salt- I don’t bake anything without salt. It’s what helps bring the flavor out in a recipe.
- Cherries- I used dark sweet cherries, but you can use whatever variety you prefer. Also, I highly suggest cherries but any berry would also substitute just fine here!
- Dark chocolate- I used the Trader Joe’s pound plus 72% cacao chocolate bar. I chopped it up and it added the best dark chocolate flavor. Feel free to substitute with chocolate chips or chocolate bar of choice!
Tips for making it:
- Quick oats vs rolled oats- Like I said above, quick oats will give it a denser, more brownie-like texture and is what I prefer. Rolled oats work just fine!
- For the best texture- You want to make sure the oatmeal is still soft in the center but cooked through. That way it comes out soft rather than a hard!
- You can make these in 12 regular sized muffin tins or a single pan. I’d use either a size like 9×9, 11×7 but nothing much bigger for this chocolate cherry baked oatmeal! Just adjust your cook time!
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- Lemon Poppyseed Baked Oatmeal
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- Strawberry Shortcake Baked Oatmeal
Alright, let’s get to making the recipe! Enjoy!
Chocolate Cherry Baked Oatmeal
- 9×9 baking pan OR regular muffin tin
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 1¾ cups cashew milk or any milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla extract
- 3 cups quick oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen cherries pitted and chopped
- ½ cup dark chocolate chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs together. Add in maple syrup, yogurt, cashew milk, & vanilla extract.
- Once combined, pour in the oats, baking powder & sea salt. Mix until well combined.
- Add in the fresh pitted & chopped cherries! Or you can use frozen here. You can reserve some for topping, add additional for topping, or just mix everything in!
- Next, add in the chopped dark chocolate or whatever chocolate you're using!
- Pour into 12 greased regular muffin tins OR a greased 9×9 baking pan.
- Bake for about 30-35 minutes until center is set but still soft. For muffins, bake for about 20-25 minutes.
- I love serving mine with yogurt, more cherries, and peanut butter! Enjoy!