It’s a new week guys! Hope you were able to enjoy your weekend. You might be wondering about the title – it’s not cherry season yet, it’s cherry blossom time! Still, I’m one of those persons who always freezes tons of cherries, and I still have so many in my freezer that I really need to start working on using them up, so I have space when the first new cherries arrive in May. One of my favorite ways to eat cherries, is this easy vegan cherry crumble oatbake. You can eat this for breakfast, or as a dessert (or both, I’m not going to judge you), this cherry crumble oatbake is ready in less than 5 minutes, so you can really make it in a pinch.
If you have been following me for any time now, you might know that I’m a huge “texture” person. I need different textures in my food, in order to feel satisfied after eating it. In this cherry crumble oatbake you will find soft and juicy cherries, the creamy oatmeal on the bottom and the crumble-like, baked oats on top combined with the caramelized coconut sugar.
Fun little fact for this dish: I don’t even defrost the cherries or pit them. Just put them in there, they will be hot and juicy after those 4 minutes and really, who has time to pit cherries? I don’t. I much rather have fun spitting the pits out and aiming for the closest mug. Just kidding, I obviously take them out of my mouth very ladylike and hide them in a napkin. 😀
- ½ cup cherries (I used frozen ones)
- 4 tbsp oats*
- ½ tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp coconut sugar + more for dusting on top
- about ¼ cup rice milk
- ½ tsp coconut oil (optional)
- First off, mix the oats, chia seeds, 1 tsp coconut sugar and rice milk together, so that the chia seeds can start to gel up a bit.
- If you want to use a bit of coconut oil, you can rub the bottom of the ramekin with it - I feel like it gives the bake a little bit of extra tastiness, but if you want to safe on fat, this step can be omitted.
- Use a microwave (or oven) safe ramekin or small tart form. Put a first layer of the oat mixture on the bottom - don't worry if it is a bit liquid-y.
- Add a layer of cherries on top and then spoon the leftover oat mixture on top of the cherries. Dust with some more coconut sugar.
- Put in the microwave on hight (800W) for about 4 minutes - keep an eye on it, so it doesn't boil over!
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