I remember the first time I had baked oatmeal like it was yesterday. We were staying at a bed and breakfast in middle-of-nowhere, Indiana for an Amish horse-drawn equipment auction. Like all B&Bs (I’m assuming, since this is the only one I’ve every stayed at), every day started with a big, homemade breakfast. One morning, we had baked oatmeal and it was the bomb dot com! I’ve been hooked ever since, making traditional baked oatmeal (and pumpkin and gingerbread) frequently.

Since I made my Black Forest Cheesecake Cake several weeks ago I’ve been obsessed with the chocolate-cherry combination, so I decided to combine all those same flavors in a healthy black forest baked oatmeal! You guys, it was delicious – think brownie-ish with pieces of cherries – and so easy. Yum! You probably have all these ingredients on hand, except maybe the cherries, but you could even use frozen cherries. In fact, don’t pay $7 per pound for mediocre cherries like I did (I needed them for pictures ha!). Frozen should work just fine =). Enjoy!

Healthy Black Forest Baked Oatmeal

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats (dry, uncooked)
1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
1/2 tsp instant coffee granules
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp honey* (see note below)
1/4 cup skim milk
1/4 cup chopped dark sweet cherries

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray (6-8 ounce) ramekin with nonstick spray.
2. Combine all ingredients in small bowl and stir until combined. Pour into ramekin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until center is set. Bake time will vary depending on the size/shape of your ramekin.
3. Serve with maple syrup, honey, whipped cream, chopped cherries, yogurt, cream cheese, or whatever you like! Serves 1 (but easily doubled).
1. Depending on how sweet you want your oatmeal, you may want to add additional honey. You could also use maple syrup, agave, or stevia.
2. If you don’t have a ramekin, you could use a muffin tin. Bake time may vary slightly.
3. I used skim milk, but any milk would work – almond, soy, etc.

Nutritional Info: 226 calories; 3.6 g fat; 44.3 g carbohydrates; 6.7 g fiber; 8.4 g protein.

Categories: Breakfast

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