Cherry Hazelnut Oatmeal

Help jumpstart your day with a warm and satisfying bowl of this Cherry Hazelnut Oatmeal. Tart cherries, crunchy hazelnuts and hearty steel-cut oats are combined in this satisfying and healthy morning meal. Growing up my mom always insisted that we ate a healthy breakfast before heading off to school. She would make me oatmeal or grits every morning. Back then I didn’t really care for the oatmeal unless it was laden with sugar and cinnamon, I would have much rather had a big bowl of sugary cereal or fluffy pancakes. As I have gotten older I absolutely love a bowl of hot oatmeal in the morning. In fact, I start most days with either a bowl of homemade oatmeal or whole grain cereal. One thing that I love most about many oatmeal recipes is that you can make it ahead of time and reheat it in the morning for a fast and easy breakfast.

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  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2/3 cup dried cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted and divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons toasted hazelnut oil


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine water, oats, flaxseed, cherries and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon nuts, and cinnamon. Place 1 cup oatmeal in each of 6 bowls; sprinkle each serving with 1 teaspoon sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoon nuts and drizzle with 1 teaspoon oil.

Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Source: adapted from Cooking Light, May 2004

16 Responses to “Cherry Hazelnut Oatmeal”

  1. #
    Megan — January 9, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    Great flavors in here. Always looking for more exciting things to eat for breakfast.

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    thekalechronicles — January 9, 2012 @ 11:30 am

    This would be so good with the hazelnuts and cherries. Dried sour cherries are one of my favorite things. I don’t cook oats in water anymore though — I cook them in milk to get the calcium and to add protein to my breakfast.

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    veghotpot — January 9, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    This looks lovely I always just have porridge with water which can be boring so nuts and fruit would be yummy!

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek — January 9, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Yum, this looks like an absolutely perfect winter breakfast!

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    Lauren @ Pass the Plate — January 9, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    yum! cherry and hazlenut sounds like a delicious combination!

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    juniakk @ mis pensamientos — January 9, 2012 @ 2:12 pm

    actually i haven’t cooked steel cut oats before! i heard they are super good. i get so impatient, i need to eat my oats within 5 minutes hahaha, so i stick with rolled oats. i heard u can make them in a rice cooker!

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    raquel — January 9, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    good start for breakfats

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    ChgoJohn — January 9, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    This does look good and would be the perfect breakfast to have before heading out into Winter’s chill.

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — January 9, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    Those hazelnuts look wonderful.

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    sprint2thetable — January 9, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    I love cherries in oatmeal, but never thought of hazels and hazelnut oil. Wonderful idea – Id love to make this for a breakfast-dinner on a chilly evening.

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    alisueonthemove — January 10, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    Do you think you could make these as overnight oats too? It’s just me and I can’t eat 6 bowls in one day 🙂 This looks amazing!

    • Christina replied: — January 14th, 2012 @ 5:32 pm

      I have a recipe for overnight oats here. and here. For this oatmeal, it is easily halved and it does taste great rewarmed the next day.

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    alisueonthemove — January 10, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Reblogged this on alisueonthemove and commented:
    On my list to make!

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    IamSimplyTia — January 10, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    How good does this look? I love the combination of cherry and hazelnuts but hazelnuts are a little hard to find around my area. What do you think would be a good substitute?

    • Christina replied: — January 14th, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

      You can substitute almonds, walnuts, or pecans. If you give it a try I would love to hear how it turns out for you! 🙂

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    Eliot — January 14, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    I love hazelnuts. Thanks for the inspiration for all my breakfasts next week!

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