Cherries. One of the sweetest, decadent fruits of the season. Dark red sweetness paired with the luxurious smooth taste of chocolate will have you dreaming about breakfast all night long! Gluten-free and vegan, this healthy Cherry Chocolate Oat Bake will beckon you to the breakfast table!
Maybe it’s just me, but I saw about 50 different cherry recipe round-up posts last week! Holy cow! Not saying that’s a bad thing though, I mean, who doesn’t love cherries? Not me! I adore them! During the the rest of the year, when it’s not cherry season, I forget just how much I love this little fruit. I never remember that I do consider the cherry one of my favorite fruits. Then summer hits and cherry season is at it’s peak; the love and remembrance comes flooding back with a vengeance!
Now, I’ve always loved cherries (all fruit really), but I can pin-point the cherry-loving to a few summers ago when it really hit me. My dad has a Costco membership and as you know, Costco is all bulk. We only use it now for water buying (haha), but he used to go crazy with fruit and bring home tons and tons! (Way more than we needed since no one in my family seems to eat it…except me). But one summer it must have been The Summer of Cherry Perfection. The big crates he would bring home of the most perfect, sweet, firm, dark cherry juicy cherries never lasted long! From that summer on I feel in love.
Since I know I’m not the only one who has a deep cherry obsession, when I dug up this gem of a recipe circa summer of 2014, I knew it was time to share! As you know from my showstopper Cinnamon Cookie Oat Bake I shared a few weeks ago, I was also obsessed with oat bakes that summer. This one will not disappoint in the oat bake department! Plus, do I even need to talk about the chocolate factor? I think not 😉 Cherries go with chocolate like peanut butter and jelly. Actually, chocolate goes with everything, but cherry is always a great pairing option!
Cherry Chocolate Oat Bake
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, combine and stir all ingredients together.
- Lightly grease a single ceramic ramekin with coconut oil and then pour in the oat mixture. Smooth out the top and then cover the ramekin with a piece of foil.
- Bake for about 20 minutes. Enjoy hot from the oven, or store it in the fridge overnight for breakfast in the morning. Simply heat, uncovered, in the microwave for about a minute or until warm!
I don’t know about you, but I;m craving some cherries right now! I wish I have a cherry tree. That would come in handy. Now I know this looks like dessert, but no, it’s breakfast, trust me! Cherry chocolate decadence can be healthy and had for breakfast EVERY day of the week and I just proved that to you. Now go gather your cherries and make this oat bake for breakfast…and maybe make an extra for dessert too. I won’t tell!
So tell me:
+ Are you a cherry-lover? I hope so!
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