Baked Cherry Oatmeal is a hearty way to start the day. Each bite is filled with satisfying oats and naturally sweet cherries. Perfect for any time of year. It's a great gluten-free Trim Healthy Mama breakfast!
You guys! I have such an amazing treat for you today. If you have looked at TikTok or anywhere on the internet, you already know how popular baked oatmeal is. The funny thing is it's actually been around for a long time, but it's making people go crazy for it right now.
So, you can enjoy your own baked oatmeal, and the aroma is going to make your house smell amazing. While I don't make it often, it has a habit of making me giddy when I catch a whiff. I like to make baked cherry oatmeal as a special treat, not something we eat every day.
If you are looking for something heavenly to add to your Mother's Day brunch spread or on Christmas morning, this is exactly the recipe you need. Let's get started so you whip up a batch!
If you are on a keto diet check out my keto oatmeal instead!
One of the things that I really like about this recipe is it feeds around 12 people and only requires 5 ingredients. So it's great for crowds or large groups too.
- Oats - For best results, you are going to need to use old-fashioned oats. Be sure when you are buying them that you choose a variety that is certified gluten-free. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but if they aren't certified, they may have been exposed to gluten through cross-contamination.
- Almond Milk - We love to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use any non-dairy substitute.
- Egg Whites - You just need egg whites, not the entire egg. This will help bind the other ingredients and will give you perfect results.
- Sweetener - I prefer to use my sweetener, but I also give you some other options in the recipe card as well.
- Cherries - Using frozen cherries is amazing because you don't have to worry about finding them in season or pitting them which is messy and time-consuming. They are always delicious and simple to work with.
How To Make Baked Cherry Oatmeal
Let's face it; mornings are HECTIC sometimes! That's why I am happy to say you only need to invest about 5 minutes of your time in whipping this dish up.
Step One: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare an 8x8 baking dish by greasing it.
Step Two: Mix together the oats, almond milk, egg whites, and sweetener.
Step Three: Pour the oat mixture into the baking pan and top with frozen cherries.
Step Four: Bake for 50-55 minutes or until it is firm when you touch the center and the edges have turned golden brown. Serve warm and enjoy!
Optional Baked Cherry Oatmeal Variations
Trust me; when you take that first forkful of oats and bite into it, you are going to fall in love. However, if you are in the mood for other flavors, you can certainly adjust the flavors. Let's take a peek at a few ideas:
- Berries - Not in the mood for cherries? No problem, this recipe goes fabulous with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries too.
- Nuts - Add some crushed pecans, walnuts, or almonds to the mixture. It's going to give you an extra bit of crispiness, and it's so good. Plus, it will provide you with some added nutrients too.
- Cinnamon & Spices - Whether it's a dash of cinnamon or you are in the mood for pumpkin pie spice, sprinkle some in the batter. It's a fun way to change the way it tastes. Just do ½ - 1 teaspoon, so it's too overpowering to the baked cherry oatmeal.
Can You Eat Oatmeal On Keto?
Technically, oats are a grain which makes them not ideal for a keto diet. However, if you are not on a strict keto diet, you can have them occasionally while eating low carb. You just need to make sure they fit into your macros.
This baked cherry oatmeal is baked in an 8x8 pan, so to get 12 pieces, they will be smaller. This is great because you get a taste without going overboard. It's completely up to you to see if you can fit it into your plan. Each of the 12 pieces has 13.2 net carbs so while this recipe won't work for keto it can definitely work for low carb if you are just trying to stick to 40-60 net carbs a day.
Are Oats Actually Gluten-Free?
Yes, oatmeal is naturally gluten-free. The problem arises when it's cross-contaminated in the factory where it is prepared. If you end up with stomach problems from even the smallest amount of gluten, it's important to buy certified gluten-free. Then there is no worry if it's going to upset your stomach.
If you are still craving oats, be sure to try out these recipes too.
- 2 cups old fashioned oats (use gluten-free if desired)
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup egg whites
- ½ cup Joy Filled Eats Sweetener (or see alternatives in recipe notes)
- 1 lb frozen cherries
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease an 8x8 baking dish.
- Combine oats, almond milk, egg whites, and sweetener.
- Pour the oatmeal mixture into the prepared pan. Top with the cherries.
- Bake for 50-55 minutes or until firm to the touch in the center and golden around the edges.
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