Cherry season is my favorite and I like to add cherries into everything I make. The cherry chocolate combination is divine. The cherries brighten up an otherwise dull oatmeal and add interesting texture. I like to top mine with my easy cherry compote. In the recipe, I add the cacao last, because I want to preserve as many enzymes and vitamins in the cacao as I can.
- 2 cups coconut milk (+additional 1/2 cup if it needs more liquid)
- 2 cups cherries, pitted, halved
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 tsp blackstrap molasses or other sweetener of choice)
- a pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (optional)
- topping options: fruit, nut/seed butter, nuts, seeds, cherry compote
- Place the milk and the cherries into a saucepan and bring to boil.
- Lower the heat and cook for 10 minutes so the cherries soften a bit.
- Add the oats and cook for additional 5-7 minutes.
- After 5 minutes, add the blackstrap molasses, salt, cinnamon and stir with a wooden spoon.
- Depending on the texture, either turn off the heat or cook for additional 2 minutes and add more coconut milk if necessary. It should be creamy, but not too runny.
- Turn off the heat and mix in the cacao.
- Serve with seasonal fruits, nut butter, or my cherry compote (recipe on my blog)