Bite of indvidual baked cherry oatmeal

Individual Baked Cherry Oatmeal Recipe

October 25, 2017 by Michelle

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Need something new for breakfast? I’m pretty sure you’ll love this baked cherry oatmeal as much as I do. Try it, and click on my affiliate links to purchase what you need to make this in your home.

Simple and fun healthy individual baked cherry oatmeal

Morning in my house is no fun. Ok, who here is truly a morning person? I didn’t think so.

Between the wee ones not dressing appropriately for the weather and no one knowing what to pack for lunch, I often “forget to eat.”

The only good news? My kids walk to school, so I never have the panic of missing the bus. Needless to say, I always look for solutions.

My kids are in love with the school lunch printable I made recently. I promise – you want this printable if you have kids in the house!

My breakfast remains a challenge. I generally remember to make coffee, especially since I’m obsessed with my spicy cinnamon mocha right now. That’s not “real food,” however.

We have a ton going on in our lives right now, and one goal is to get weight on my newly minted 14 year old son. He’s growing taller, but he’s also losing weight.

He just isn’t hungry too often because all he wants to do is sleep. His doctor suggested we feed him anything we can. That means encouraging he eat dinner again just before bed and any dessert he wants.

He often doesn’t want more dinner, but when I make him a cherry or apple crisp, he runs downstairs, even if he’s already in bed and ready to sleep.

The only problem? I love crisps as much as he does, but I can’t justify eating them as often. I make individual crisps in ramekins so I don’t have leftovers sitting around, but how do I make one for him and not one for me?

Last night, I pondered that problem as I enjoyed a delicious cherry crisp. Again. As I scrolled through Instagram, I saw a friend who had posted a baked oatmeal.

My crisp is sorta, kinda like that – well, except that my crisp is a dessert. Right then and there, I decided to make a baked cherry oatmeal that satisfies my cravings.

Simple and gluten free baked cherry oatmeal

That means the brown sugar count goes down and the oatmeal count goes up. I removed the flour and butter from the topping.

And you know what? This was an amazing breakfast. So amazing, I almost feel guilty I made this and didn’t share with my kids.

Bite of indvidual baked cherry oatmeal

It wasn’t overly sweet but had so much flavor, which is just what I want in the morning. Use gluten free oats and coconut milk, and this a fantastic gluten free dairy fee breakfast. Go ahead, be jealous.

No go make your own baked cherry oatmeal!

Delicious and easy baked cherry oatmeal

If you live my life and make breakfast only to get busy and forget to eat it or have to stick your coffee cup in the microwave umpteen times, this is your solution.

As delicious as the baked cherry oatmeal tastes straight from the oven, when I finally finished it long after it cooled to room temperature. It tasted just as good then as it did with the first warm bite.

How to Make Individual Baked Cherry Oatmeal

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Add frozen cherries to a ramekin and let defrost overnight or for a minute thirty in your microwave the morning of.

Sprinkle on cornstarch, cinnamon, and almond extract. Stir to combine.

Why cornstarch? This ensures the delicious cherry juice doesn’t overtake the dish. It has no flavor, but you don’t end up with a soupy baked cherry oatmeal.

Add cornstarch to cherries

In a separate bowl, add oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt. Stir to ensure it’s well distributed.

Stir baked cherry oatmeal topping

Add milk and stir. Not all milk gets absorbed yet, but you want to at least coat the oats. Pour oat mixture over cherries.

Baked cherry oatmeal ready for the oven

Bake in 400 degree oven for 17-19 minutes, until cherries start bubbling up on the sides. Cool baked cherry oatmeal just until it’s safe to eat without burning your mouth, then enjoy!

Have you ever tried baked cherry oatmeal? What are your favorite breakfast foods?

Baked Cherry Oatmeal

Baked Cherry Oatmeal

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 19 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 25 minutes

This simple and easy breakfast comes together quickly and bakes while you get the rest of your morning ready. This takes traditional oatmeal to a whole new level. Perfect for picky eaters and a great way to ensure a wholesome breakfast.


  • 1 c frozen cherries, thawed
  • 1/2 t cornstarch
  • 1/4 t cinnamon, divided
  • Splash almond extract
  • 3/4 c oats
  • 1/2 t brown sugar
  • Dash nutmeg
  • Dash salt
  • 2 T milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add thawed cherries and juice to a ramekin. Sprinkle on cornstarch, two shakes of cinnamon, and almond extract. Stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, add oats, remaining cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and salt, then stir.
  4. Add milk and stir again. Pour oat mixture over cherries.
  5. Bake in 400 degree oven for 17-19 minutes, until cherries start bubbling.
  6. Let rest 2-3 minutes, then enjoy.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 562 Total Fat: 9g Saturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 1mg Sodium: 162mg Carbohydrates: 103g Fiber: 16g Sugar: 20g Protein: 22g
This site uses an outside source to provide nutrition. If you need exact details, please calculate yourself.

Delicious and simple gluten free individual baked cherry oatmeal recipe

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  • Cassie


    • Michelle

      Thanks – I’m so glad you liked it. This is one of my favorite breakfasts!

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