As much as I love my oatmeal, not least testified by my blog name, I’m not one to stick to boring banana oats everyday. Yesterday I came across this recipe and was fascinated. Vinegar in oatmeal? Sure we’ve heard of balsamic cherries and strawberries, but in oatmeal? Won’t it be kind of sour? Intrigued by the combination, I set to test it out with a pricey aged balsamic vinegar (Il Borgo del Balsamico of Modena, orange label) that I recently invested in.
This was Golly Gosh Good with capital ‘G’s! The alcoholic sweetness of the roasted cherries was great on its own but with the balsamic vinegar , it was like cherries on steroids! It all went down heavenly with the chewy doughy protein oatmeal, which I cooked in leftover frozen bananas + Maranatha maple almond butter drizzled over. I’m so glad I discovered and tried out this combination of balsamic vinegar oatmeal. You should too!
- ½ cup cherries, pitted
- ¼ cup water
- 1 teaspoon honey (optional – I omitted)
- ¼ cup oats (I used 2 tablespoons each of Scottish oats + steel cut oats)
- 3½ cups water
- 3 tablespoons soy milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut milk
- ¼ teaspoon chia seeds
- ¼ frozen banana, mashed (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
- Dash of ground cinnamon
- Garden of Life + sesame protein powder
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (use authentic certified balsamic label if possible)
- Preheat oven to 175°C/ 350°F.
- Place cherries in a roasting pan and pour water and honey (if using) over. Roast for 20 minutes.
- Make oatmeal. Boil oats and chia seeds in water and milk until desired consistency. Mix in banana (if using), seasonings and protein powder towards the last 5 minutes.
- Pour oatmeal out onto a plate, top with roasted cherries and drizzle with balsamic vinegar and other toppings of your choice such as nut butters.