Eating breakfast doesn’t have to be a chore! Make it taste like dessert with this chocolate-covered cherry baked oatmeal that can be prepared ahead of time so that it’s ready to go on weekday mornings.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Silk. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep me inspired in the kitchen!
chocolate-covered cherry baked oatmeal

Breakfast and I are fighting.

Our facebook relationship status has been downgraded from BEST FRIENDS FOREVER (caps lock on) to mere “casual acquaintance”.

Basically, we might say hi if we see each other on the street, but air kisses are out of the question.

For real.

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I’m pretty much that girl who finds a breakfast that she likes and runs with it, sometimes for years on end.

Then all of a sudden, I wake up one morning and the Greek yogurt honey peanut butter cookie butter combo that once was the thing that cajoled me out of bed at 6AM is now the thing that makes me gag a little as I’m brushing my teeth.

No bueno.

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As a firm believer in the idea that breakfast is the be-all and end-all non-negotiable best way to start the day, I had to remedy this breakfast apathy situation.

And fast.

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Intuition told me that jump starting my morning with a hint of chocolate, a multitude of berries, and the staying power of oatmeal was the key to world peace and breakfast redemption.

Baking it all up in one pan so that it feels like you’re eating cake when you’re really eating antioxidants, fiber, and all the good stuff? That was my own little stroke of genius.

Plus, unlike oatmeal in a bowl, you can bake this up the night before so that it is raring to go when you are in the morning. No time spent standing over a pot and stirring necessary. Just reheat and revel in the ooey gooey chocolate cherry yum.

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I added some extra chocolate oompf to this oatmeal bake by using Silk Chocolate Soymilk to mix it all up. I love Silk because of their commitment to making dairy-free milks that have no artificial flavors, artificial colors, or high fructose corn syrup, and are made with only real honest to goodness ingredients. Not to mention that fact that it tastes great and is good for you. If you haven’t tried Silk yet, then head on over to their website and register to get free coupons and a chance to win a tablet!

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BFF facebook status reinstated.

Bring on the air kisses.

Chocolate-Covered Cherry Baked Oatmeal
 
Eating breakfast doesn't have to be a chore! Make it taste like dessert with this chocolate-covered cherry baked oatmeal that can be prepared ahead of time so that it's ready to go on weekday mornings.
Yield: 4-6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, chopped, divided
  • 2 cups cherries, pitted and halved, divided
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 2 cups Silk chocolate soymilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 375F. Grease an 8x8-inch baking pan. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the hazelnuts, half the cherries, and half the chocolate chips. Pour into the prepared baking dish.
  3. Sprinkle the remaining hazelnuts, cherries, and chocolate chips on top.
  4. In a second bowl, whisk together the chocolate soymilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour over the oats, shaking the pan around slightly so that it is evenly distributed.
  5. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until set. Let cool slightly before serving.
Notes
An Eats Well With Others Original
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

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This conversation is sponsored by Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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35 Responses to Chocolate-Covered Cherry Baked Oatmeal

  1. Chocolate for breakfast is the best way to shake things up!

  2. I’d love to eat this right now! The chocolate cherry combo is always a winner.

  3. I suspect this would convert even the most breakfast averse person! It looks delicious…my trouble would be keeping it to breakfast alone and not breaking it out for lunch dessert and mid-afternoon snack too 🙂

  4. Ugh, I’ve been in a breakfast rut too… of the oatmeal variety. So why am I excited about THIS oatmeal? Because it’s non-boring and chocolatey! (I’ve stirred in cinnamon and maple syrup WAY too many consecutive mornings).

    Good to know that my relationship with oatmeal breakfasts can be restored – things were looking dicey between us for a while!

  5. This sounds more like a wonderful dessert! But you can bring it on for breakfast any day!

  6. Sues says:

    I’m the same way with breakfast; I get bored easily… But this?? This I bet i could eat forever!

  7. Deena kakaya says:

    You’ve got my favourite fruit seducingly paired with chocolate and I love the portability aspect of this little beauty x

  8. SallyBR says:

    Please don’t tell nutritionists but I never have breakfast – every once in a blue moon I might have breakfast if we are in a hotel or get invited for a brunch type thing. I have a cappuccino when I wake up, and then lunch many hours later.

    but, I would love this concoction for a snack after lunch or even as lunch itself

  9. Heather says:

    My husband hates oatmeal, but I bet I could get him to eat this!!

  10. sandra says:

    cherries and chocolate are the best combo ever – great choice!

  11. Mmmmmm so decadent it could be dessert too!

  12. This yummy baked oatmeal will definitely get me up in the morning!

  13. You are hilarious! Cherries an chocolate will always save the day in my opinion. . love this, Joanne! and hey, will you be at Big Harvest Potluck in PA next month? if so, I’ll be there too. . looking forward to meeting you!

  14. This is looks insanely delicious and tempting with fresh cherries!

  15. Danguole says:

    Breakfast? I’d eat this for dessert–and never know the difference. It sounds so, so good!

  16. Kate says:

    Such a great use for all the cherries in my fridge which will probably be not so great after a long weekend away from home.

  17. I’m right there with you about breakfast! I feel like I go through phases of things I enjoy. Egg white omelets, oatmeal, yogurt, nothing, and back to oatmeal. These oatmeals bars look awesome. I love the fresh cherry addition!

  18. This comes at a perfect time for me because, I, too, am in a ridiculous peanut butter toast for breakfast rut right now that needs to be amended. Bring on the chocolate for breakfast!

  19. I’m kind of like that too! I’m all like, “Avocado toast for every meal!” And then one day I look at the avocado and just shake my head sadly. Our time together has passed.
    I love the idea of chocolate covered cherries… in breakfast! Yum!

  20. Zainab says:

    Air kisses!!! I am all for this and I want to jus marry it.

  21. Tash says:

    This looks so dense, wholesome and delicious!! 🙂

  22. Megan says:

    Just pinned this! As we head into the fall, I’m getting excited about oat-laden breakfast ideas like this one. And chocolate+cherries… love!

  23. Lovely breakfast idea! And there´s nothing better than starting the day with a little bit of chocolate =)
    Breaksfast is so important for me, but I must admit I never really try to make something different or special. I need to change this asap!

  24. You certainly know how to make breakfast exciting 😀
    Delicious!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  25. I also go through phases of obsession with one specific breakfast, eat it every day then get tired of it (then re-discover it again after a few months). This is something I would latch on to. I especially love chocolate and cherry together!

  26. Teffy Perk says:

    Cherry and chocolate is probably one of the best combos out there! These is something so sexy and indulgent about it. Maybe it’s the colours, but it’s also definitely the taste!

    {Teffy’s Perks} X

  27. alyssa says:

    I woke up yesterday craving oatmeal (I don’t even like oatmeal usually!) and now see this. I think I am going to have to buy some oatmeal and have some tomorrow – maybe with fresh cherries!

  28. Eileen says:

    Chocolate and cherries, together forever. 🙂 I hope your pre-move packing &etc. is going well!

  29. Isadora says:

    I’ve been having a bad relationship with breakfast lately too. I usually choose ten more minutes of sleep over a good breakfast, but this recipe would cure that problem for me all together! Chocolate and cherries are amazing together 🙂

  30. Johanna GGG says:

    Me and breakfast are still on good speaking terms – though I am pretty boring and eat a lot less variety in breakfast than in other meals – not a time to create lots of hurdy gurdy in the kitchen – just need to be fed – but I would be happy to eat these oats if they are made the previous day and ready in the morning – more than happy

  31. Kate says:

    Oh man! Dessert for breakfast, I love it!

  32. Kelly says:

    Oh Joanne, this is the most gorgeous looking oatmeal I’ve ever seen! I am so in love with cherries this summer and they are just perfect with chocolate. This would definitely amp up my usual boring breakfast and become my new BFF 🙂 Pinning – I can’t wait to make this!

  33. I can see how this would be a bring-you-back-together kind of dish. I want to have words with breakfast, just so we can make up like this. 😉 YUMMMMM.

  34. I’m all about breakfast – the cherries in this oatmeal look absolutely perfect!

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