Healthy baked cherry oatmeal recipe with an addictive nutty topping! This amazing skillet oatmeal is easy to make for a crowd or for breakfast meal prep.
Hi, Rhubarbarians! We've got a super tasty, summery version of a tried and true go-to breakfast for us: skillet baked cherry oatmeal!
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we looooove cherry season. Spokane, WA is like a dream for cherry lovers in early to mid-summer, and cherry picking is a yearly tradition. We pick three different types of cherries: sweet dark cherries, pie cherries, and rainier cherries.
The game plan is to pick as many pie and sweet dark cherries as we can eat, and then triple that amount to freeze all the rest. Those rainiers all get eaten up before we can freeze, LOL!
Skillet baked oatmeal: a versatile staple
We love love love oatmeal in our house! The base of this healthy baked oatmeal recipe stays the same while we switch out the fruit (and sometimes the nuts) for whatever is in season. It's kind of a healthy spin on a crisp. But for breakfast. With lots of nuts. HUZZAH! Strawberry rhubarb in spring, cherries and berries in summer, apples in fall, cranberry orange in winter.
But... because it's the season... CHERRY OATMEAL. With a dash of cinnamon and nutty topping. Oh yes.
Make ahead for the week
This makes a lot! About 8 servings. Perfect for making ahead and eating throughout the week. Just store in the fridge for up to 5 days and heat up in the microwave in the morning. Add a splash of milk when it's warm and you've got a warm, healthy oatmeal breakfast.
How to make skillet baked cherry oatmeal
- First, choose your cherries.
- I like to use tart pie cherries so it isn't too sweet. Sweet, dark cherries are still delicious, but tend to turn the oatmeal an unappetizing grey color.
- You can use fresh or frozen cherries! No need to defrost the cherries either. I actually found that frozen cherries hold their shape more, while fresh cherries turn into soft, mushy, cherry goodness at the bottom. Both delicious, but whatever you prefer.
- Choose your skillet.
- I'm a cast iron skillet fan! I use mine for everything. But any large, oven safe skillet will work. You can even bake this in a casserole dish to make storing in the fridge easier.
- Preheat your oven, grease your skillet, and spread the cherries evenly along the bottom.
- Combine your dry ingredients.
- Whisk the eggs and combine with the wet ingredients.
- Combine the dry and wet ingredients and pour evenly over the cherries.
- Top with the nuts and bake!
This oatmeal is already dairy free, but does include eggs. Make it vegan by subbing the eggs for flax or chia egg. I prefer flax egg in oatmeal, but either one works!
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Healthy baked cherry oatmeal recipe
Healthy baked cherry oatmeal
- Coconut oil or butter for greasing pan
- 4 cups fresh or frozen pitted cherries*
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats (gluten-free certified for gluten-free)
- ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs (sub chia or flax "egg" for vegan)
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
- ¾ cup unsalted hazelnuts
- ¾ cup unsalted walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a large oven safe skillet with coconut oil or butter. Spread the cherries evenly along the bottom of the skillet. Set aside
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well combined.
- In a separate medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the almond milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Stir until well combined.
- Add the egg mixture to the oats mixture and stir until well combined.
- Pour evenly over cherries in the skillet. Top evenly with the hazelnuts and walnuts.
- Bake 45 minutes, or until oatmeal is set.
- Let rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Cut into 8 pieces and serve.
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