Black Forest Baked Oatmeal

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 This Black Forest Baked Oatmeal is a healthy version of the original cake. Celebrate the holidays with this fun breakfast (or healthy dessert). 

This Black Forest Baked Oatmeal is a healthy version of the original cake. Celebrate the holidays with this fun breakfast!

I love holiday traditions (like my annual Christmas light ride that you might have read about in my Gingerbread Hot Chocolate post).  When I think of a country that reminds me the most of Christmas, I think of Germany because many of our holiday traditions like the Christmas tree and Santa Claus come from there. Side note – is it weird I had to look up how to spell Santa Claus? The “Claus” didn’t look right but I guess it’s correct (since it’s German). I must have been spelling it wrong for years!

This Black Forest Baked Oatmeal is a healthy version of the original cake. Celebrate the holidays with this fun breakfast!

Germany is one of my favorite places to visit. A few years ago I traveled to the Black Forest with my mom and was very disappointed that I couldn’t have its signature dessert full of chocolate, cherries, and whipped cream. When I was thinking of recipes to create for the holidays, I wanted to create a recipe that reminded me of a German Christmas but would also be healthy. And becasue so many people liked my Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal I thought I’d do a holiday version, so I came up with a Black Forest Baked Oatmeal.

This Black Forest Baked Oatmeal is a healthy version of the original cake. Celebrate the holidays with this fun breakfast!

Black Forest Baked Oatmeal Nutrition

My Black Forest Baked Oatmeal can either be a festive breakfast or healthy dessert – either way it’s tasty. The oats are filling and provide fiber, protein and complex carbohydrates.

Sure this might be a bit of an indulgence for breakfast with the maple syrup and coconut whipped cream topping but what fun is being perfect all the time? It’s the holiday season!

This Black Forest Baked Oatmeal is a healthy version of the original cake. Celebrate the holidays with this fun breakfast!

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Yields Makes 2 small bowls or 1 larger bowl of baked oatmeal

Black Forest Baked Oatmeal
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup oats (gf if needed)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 TB cacao/cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 c frozen sweet cherries, thawed a bit and chopped
  • 1 TB maple syrup (as topping)
  • COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM (can make ahead of time)
  • 1 can coconut milk, placed in refrigerator overnight
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 TB powdered sugar (optional but makes it sweeter)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Add oats, salt, baking powder and cacao powder in a bowl and mix with fork so everything is incorporated.
  3. Then add milk, vanilla extract and cherries and mix again.
  4. Put oat mixture into 2 baking dishes or ramekins (or 1 if you're making a larger portion) and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile make the coconut whipped cream by opening the cooled coconut milk can and scooping out the hardened white part (leave the liquid-y part*).
  6. In a large bowl, whip the hardened coconut cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar on high until peaks form. Coconut whipped cream will last about 3-4 days in the fridge but you'll have to stir or re-whip it to get the same consistency.
  7. Top baked oatmeal with 1 TB of maple syrup, some coconut cream and a cherry!

Notes

*I keep the liquid part of the coconut milk and use it for smoothies!

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https://www.vnutritionandwellness.com/black-forest-baked-oatmeal/

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31 thoughts on “Black Forest Baked Oatmeal

  1. It’s one of my dreams to go to Germany during Christmastime. It seems so picturesque and festive during that time of year. I’ve never had black forest cake, but your baked oatmeal version sounds wonderful!

  2. TThis sounds amazing, and I love Germany too! ☺
    Just curious, what does the baking powder do for this recipe? I’ve not seen it added to oatmeal before

  3. Ok… I’ve totally been spelling Santa Claus wrong haha 😉
    That’s so awesome that you got to go to the Black Forest! I’ll be honest – I was never a huge black forest dessert person, but this sounds SO MUCH BETTER! Especially with the coconut whipped cream. And they turned out so beautifully! I can’t wait to try this (probably this weekend!).

    1. Going to the Black Forest made me feel like I was I was in a Grimm’s fairytale. I thought I would be taken by an old witch or something at any moment – so fun!

      Thanks so much Kimmy, let me know if you try it!

      1. I finally got around to trying your baked oatmeal this morning and it was fanfreakingtastic!!! Wow! I am not a huge cherry person, but it’s Terry’s favourite. And I wasn’t sure I felt like making the whipped cream topping as it’s such a rainy/lazy day today, but it totally brought it to the next level!
        YUM

  4. OMG you are a photo WIZARD Mary Ellen lol! Seriously these pics are amazing- makes me want to try this RIGHT NOW. Love how you used Germany to inspire you to make this, hope you are enjoying your trip!! Sending lots of love and hugs:)

  5. This looks delicious—I bet it would be a hit with my kids!!! I went to Austria at Christmastime with my high school choir MANY years ago and it was so gorgeous! Love all of the Christmas markets! The pictures you have been posting are making me want to visit again!!!

  6. Black Forest Cake is one of my favorite desserts! I use to make an oatmeal inspired by it but it’s been a long time. This looks amazing, I need to make it soon!

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