It’s funny that the most popular recipe on my blog happens to be a blend between a classic Ben and Jerry’s ice cream flavor and a bowl of morning oats. Growing up overweight, I don’t remember ever eating regular ice cream as a kid. In fact, I never even tried Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey Ice Cream until I was in my early twenties! What I do remember is feeling like an outcast for always asking the ice cream parlor for frozen yogurt when all of my friends were eating mountains of cookie dough and mint chocolate chip ice cream. It wasn’t until I tried Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Frozen Yogurt that I even knew frozen yogurt could taste as good as ice cream.
Thanks to my friends at Ben and Jerry’s for inventing one of my favorite flavors ever, I decided to play off my Chunky Monkey Morning Oats and develop a recipe for Cherry Garcia Oats. This recipe is incredibly easy and sweetened by organic frozen cherries found at Whole Foods. I love how subtly sweet these oats are, especially when combined with the melted chocolate chips. If you do like your oatmeal on the sweeter side, try adding more frozen cherries on top or drizzling honey or agave over the oats.
Cherry Garcia Morning Oats
Time: 5 Minutes
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup of frozen cherries
1 cup filtered water
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of chocolate chips
* For allergy friendly alternatives use dairy-free chocolate chips + gluten-free oats
1. Place the old fashioned oats, frozen cherries, water and chia seeds into a small pot and bring to a boil. Once the oats begin to boil, lower to simmer and stir often until the oatmeal thickens.
2. Once the oatmeal has thickened, remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Top with chocolate chips. Feel free to add additional cherries and/or drizzle honey if the oats aren’t sweet enough for your taste.
[a tip or two for you]
* Make this recipe vegan by using dairy-free chocolate chips.
** Make this recipe gluten-free by using gluten-free oats
*** Take this recipe on-the-go by refrigerating the oats overnight in a tupperware container
Nutritional Information (per serving)
295 calories, 11g fat, 50g carbs, 11g fiber, 25g sugar, 8g protein