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Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Cherry & Chocolate Topping

Indulge in the luxurious blend of sweet and tart flavours with our Cherry & Chocolate Steel-Cut Oats. This recipe offers a delightful twist on your morning oatmeal, combining the rich, nutty essence of steel-cut oats with the decadent duo of cherries and dark chocolate. Each bite is a harmonious blend of creamy oats, juicy cherries, and melty chocolate chips, enhanced by the nutty crunch of hazelnuts and the velvety smoothness of hazelnut butter.

Designed for those who love to start their day with a bit of indulgence, this oatmeal is a feast for the taste buds and a nutritious choice, packed with fibre, antioxidants, and healthy fats. Whether you’re fuelling up for a busy day or savouring a relaxed morning, the Cherry & Chocolate Steel-Cut Oats will make your breakfast feel like a special occasion, proving that wholesome ingredients and luxurious flavours can coexist in one delightful bowl.

Immerse yourself in a delightful fusion of sweet and tart flavours with our Cherry & Chocolate Steel-Cut Oats. This recipe offers a tantalising twist on traditional oatmeal, combining the wholesome richness of steel-cut oats with the decadent allure of cherries and dark chocolate. Each spoonful is a symphony of creamy oats, juicy cherries, melty chocolate chips, and crunchy hazelnuts, creating a luxurious breakfast experience that’s as indulgent as it is nutritious.

Diabetic-Friendly Aspects

Low Glycemic Ingredients: Steel-cut oats provide a slower release of glucose, aiding in blood sugar control.

Fibre-Rich Toppings: Cherries and hazelnuts contribute to the meal’s fibre content, promoting stable blood sugar levels.

Healthy Fats: Hazelnut butter and hazelnuts offer healthy fats that can improve insulin sensitivity and heart health.

Portion Control: Enjoying this decadent dish in moderation can help manage blood sugar levels effectively.

Balanced Macronutrient Profile

Calories: Approximately 250 kcal per serving.

Protein: Around 5g per serving.

Carbohydrates: Approximately 30g per serving.

Fat: Approximately 10g per serving.

Elevate your breakfast routine with the luxurious indulgence of Cherry & Chocolate Steel-Cut Oats. This sumptuous dish is not only a treat for your taste buds but also a nourishing choice that will leave you feeling satisfied and energised to tackle the day ahead.

Basic Ingredients for Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Cherry & Chocolate Topping

Steel-Cut Oats:

Steel-Cut Oats: These are the foundation of the dish, providing a hearty, chewy texture and a nutty flavour. They’re a great source of fibre, which helps with digestion and prolongs the feeling of fullness.

Water or Milk: Water is essential for cooking the oats, but adding milk (dairy or plant-based) creates a creamier texture and adds a hint of sweetness and extra richness.

Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the flavours of the other ingredients, balancing the sweetness of the cherries and chocolate.

Vanilla Extract: Vanilla adds a subtle sweetness and aroma, complementing both the oats and the toppings.


Cherries: Fresh or frozen cherries provide a juicy, tart contrast to the sweetness of the chocolate, adding a burst of flavour and antioxidants.

Dark Chocolate Chips: Chocolate adds a rich, indulgent element to the oatmeal, creating a luxurious taste experience, especially as it melts into the warm oats.

Hazelnut Butter: This adds a creamy texture and a rich, nutty flavor that pairs beautifully with both the cherries and chocolate.

Hazelnuts: Crushed hazelnuts offer a crunchy texture and

alternative ingredients

Oats: If steel-cut oats aren’t available, rolled oats are a quicker-cooking alternative, though they’ll provide a softer texture.

Fruits: Blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries can replace cherries for a different flavour profile.

Nuts and Nut Butter: Almond butter or peanut butter can substitute for hazelnut butter, and almonds or pecans can replace hazelnuts.

Chocolate: Milk chocolate or white chocolate chips can be used instead of dark chocolate for a sweeter taste.

Preparation Tips for Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Cherry & Chocolate Topping

  • Consistency: Keep an eye on the oatmeal as it cooks; you may need to add more liquid if it’s too thick or cook longer if it’s too runny.
  • Stirring: Regular stirring helps prevent the oats from sticking to the bottom of the pan and ensures even cooking.

Serving Tips for Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Cherry & Chocolate Topping

  • Layering: For an appealing presentation, layer the oatmeal with the toppings in a clear bowl or glass.
  • Warmth: Serve the oatmeal warm to enjoy the full flavour of the melted chocolate and the soft, juicy cherries.

storage tips

Refrigeration: Store leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. It’s best to add the toppings fresh when you’re ready to eat.

Freezing: Freeze the oatmeal without toppings in single-serve portions for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat, adding a little extra liquid if necessary.

Reheating: When reheating, consider adding a splash of milk to bring back the creamy texture.

Creamy Vanilla Steel-Cut Oats with Cherry & Chocolate Topping

Servings: 2 persons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes


Steel-cut Oats

  • 1 cup high-quality steel-cut oats
  • 3 cups water (or a mix of water and milk for a creamier texture)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • ¾ cup fresh or frozen cherries
  • 2 tbsp dark chocolate chips
  • 4 tbsp hazelnut butter
  • 2 tbsp slightly crushed hazelnuts


  • Boil: In a medium saucepan, bring the water or water-milk mixture to a boil.
  • Add Oats and Salt: Once boiling, gently stir in the steel-cut oats and a pinch of salt.
  • Simmer: Reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer. Stir in the vanilla extract. Cook the oats for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent them from sticking to the bottom.
  • Check Consistency: The oatmeal is ready when it has absorbed most of the liquid and has a creamy yet slightly chewy consistency.
  • Rest: Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the oatmeal sit for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Cherry & Chocolate Assembly: Stir half of the cherries and chocolate chips into the warm oats, along with a dollop of hazelnut butter. Then, top the oatmeal with the remaining cherries, a sprinkle of crushed hazelnuts, and more chocolate chips.
  • Serve: Garnish each serving with a spoonful of hazelnut butter, allowing its richness to meld with the warm, creamy oats, tart cherries, and melting chocolate chips.

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