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Warm Black Forest Oatmeal

A warm and comforting bowl of chocolate oatmeal, sweetened with dates and cherries. This nutritious, yet decadent breakfast is sure to keep you full for hours!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or plant-based milk of choice
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  • Add the oats, milk and chia seeds to a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat to low-medium. Stir in the cherries and let simmer until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes.
  • Serve warm with other toppings of choice.


I love to serve this oatmeal with almond butter for added protein and creaminess. 
I often use frozen cherries during winter. You can add them frozen directly to the oatmeal during cooking. You might need to cook it a few more minutes to ensure the cherries are warm. However, as it thaws, the sweet juices blend with the oats, making them a little extra sweet.
This oatmeal is not overly sweet, I love it with cherries and dates, but feel free to add maple syrup or honey.