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Oats are one of my favorite things to have for breakfast or dessert.  As a kid, my mom made only one variety of oats for my siblings and I:  rolled oats with butter and brown sugar.  Despite its lack of diversity, this was delicious, and was one of our favorite breakfasts.  At that time, I had no idea that one of the best things about oats is their versatility.  You can remake candies (such as almond joys and caramel apples), cakes (like strawberry shortcake), and all manner of desserts into something healthy without sacrificing flavor, or having to spend all day slaving over a hot stove. 


When I saw that this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient was chocolate, I knew I wanted to post my recipe for Black Forest Oats (inspired by the cake!).  I’m sending this recipe to Anna of London Foodie in New York for this week’s BSI!


Black Forest Oats


(Yield:  1 serving)


½ small banana, thinly sliced

¼ c steel cut oats

¾ c water

Dash salt

1 c fresh ripe cherries, pitted and halved

Cooking spray

1 TB chopped pecans

1 tsp dark chocolate chips


In a small pan, combine the banana, oats, water, and salt; heat on medium-low heat for about 12 minutes or until it reaches your desired consistency, stirring frequently.  For the cherries, lightly spray a separate pan with cooking spray and cook them on medium heat for 3-5 minutes or until they start to soften.  Top the oatmeal with the cherries, pecans, and chocolate chips.



Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. Congrats on the BSI win!! Looks delicious too :D

  2. Holy bowl of deliciousness, batman! Gorgeous photos and great recipe.

  3. What a delightful combination! A luscious breakfast dish! Yummy!



  4. I found you through BSI and love the sound of these oats. I’ve always been a big fan of black forrest cake and this sounds like a great adaptation. The cherries look especially ripe and juicy.

  5. WOW that looks DIVINE! Awesome! Another new way to tantalize my oat love!

  6. Oh man, does this look good. Yet another one of your recipes I must print out. I never thought to add cherries and chocolate chips to oatmeal :)

  7. Perfect, most delicious combination, like ever. YUM!! Great photo!

  8. mmmm cherries and dark chocolate – always a winner! have a good weekend faith!

  9. Omg I seriously want to crawl through my computer screen and eat this right now, it looks sooooo delicious! I serisouly need to spice my oats up a bit–the cherries are a great addition.

  10. Ooh those cherries look fantastic! Great entry!

  11. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    We love the flavor of black forest cake with cherries and the black forest oats is such a great idea! I will make this for my family for sure.

  12. These are the most scrumptious oats I’ve ever seen! I might have to go make a bowl for my snack tonight! You have the best ideas!

  13. I just found your blog – I love it! The recipe for those oats looks incredible…I’ve got to try it!

  14. That is one of the most decadent looking things I have ever seen! I can’t believe it is HEALTHY and OATMEAL!

  15. Heavenly Housewife says:

    This is absolutely beautiful, and totally inspired! I had steel cut oats once before, but only once. I wasn’t that into it, but i am thinking i should try it again now.

  16. It is not the oats that are speaking to me. It is the cherries, pecans and chocolate chips. I guess I could include those oats. Great dessert.

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