it was too much. i’ve been seeing black forest oatmeal, black forest banana ice cream–all sorts of crazy delicious things concerning chocolate and cherries, and i knew i had to step in. so before my brother gobbled up all the cherries–one of the few fruits his snooty fruity highness would deign to consume willingly–i smuggled away an amount to make this.
now you know how i can bear to wake up on school days! normally i’ll make baked oatmeal the night before, store it in a tupperware when it cools, and warm it up in the oven before eating the next morning or eat it cold (still good!). this was particularly decadent–gooey, chocolaty rich oatmeal baked to a slow sweet creaminess in the ramekin, topped with softened roasted cherries swollen with tart juice, coins of melty baked banana and little pools of molten Lindt lava. so, SO incredibly good. the 20 minutes baking time will seem like forever, but it is worth it. i topped mine with some greek yogurt for a refreshing hit of rich tang (plus most black forest cakes have cream sandwiching the layers, so this is my ‘cream’), a sprinkle of lovely blendco superfood sprinkles (review coming up soon!) and two fresh cherries. ripe cherries are so beautiful–they have a glossy, dark almost black skin and lovely red stained deep velvety maroon colored flesh.
at any rate, make this. as soon as possible. and rejoice upon the rich heaven that is certifiable as a breakfast food 😉
black forest baked oatmeal
-1 large banana mashed, save a little for the top if you wish!
-1/4 cup yogurt/coconut cream if you’re vegan
-6 tbs oats (i used half baby oats for thickness in the batter and half rolled oats for texture)
-1 tbs coconut flour (2 tbs normal flour like oat/wholewheat will probably work)
-1 tbs cocoa
-1/2 tsp baking powder
-1/4 tsp baking soda
-6 tbs-1/2 cup milk
-dark chocolate chunks
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Combine the mashed banana and yogurt in a bowl and add the dry ingredients on top. Add the milk and mix to combine, adding a little more milk if needed at a time till a thick batter is achieved–a spoon placed on top of the batter should sink slowly; a little like pancake batter consistency. Mix in some cherries and dark chocolate chunks and pour into a baking dish. Top with reserved banana if you wish, more cherries and dark chocolate chunks and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool till warm but not scalding hot before eating.