Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal


Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal is decadent yet healthy and tastes just like cookie dough!

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

Can we talk about how excited I am to eat cookie dough after the little gentleman arrives?!

That and see my feet, independently tie my shoes, wear normal jeans, feel the fingertips on my right hand, walk more than a mile, and be able to simply stroll instead of roll out of a horizontal position?


Ahem. That is to say, our little boy is welcome to arrive any day now. Aaany day! Until that day arrives, I’m keeping a lid on my raw cookie dough cravings with Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal.

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

S’mores blizzards with cookie dough, which I ordered on Sunday night while doing my part to celebrate National Ice Cream Day, is helping too. Ummm, S’mores Blizzards are my new jam. Have you tried? Ben ordered plain cookie dough and was so depressed after tasting mine. The graham cracker crunch in there really seals the deal.

Anyway, obviously I’m a cookie dough fiend and, coupled with my summer cherry obsession, this Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal totally and completely hits the spot. The base is my standard 3-minute stove top oatmeal combined with not only vanilla but almond extract, which I always add to my sugar cookie dough to give it a little extra oomph. Topped with fresh cherries and crunchy almonds, I literally felt like I was eating a decadent bowl of cherry-topped sugar cookie dough for breakfast!

In a non-gaggy actually eating a bowl of sugar cookie dough for breakfast sort of way. You understand. 

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The star of the bowl are fresh, summer cherries, which are ev-er-y-where right now. Right? Bing cherries are my fave.

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

Wash 1/2 cup fresh cherries then use a cherry pitter to pit ’em (here’s the one I have >) If you don’t have a cherry pitter you can just cut the cherries like a mini piece of stone fruit then pop the pit out with your fingers.

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Once they’re pitted, slice ’em in half and set aside. Out of sight, preferably, or there won’t be much left for topping your oatmeal! Trust me on this one.

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

Next get the oatmeal cookin’. Start with 1/2 cup old fashioned oats – certified gluten-free if you need it.

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

Add the oats to a small saucepan then add 1/2 cup each water and milk (I used almond milk) as well as 1 small banana sliced thin. Turn the heat to medium then when the mixture starts to bubble, cook for about 3 minutes or until the oats are thick and creamy, using a spatula to help mash the bananas.

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Remove the pot from the heat then stir in 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and 1/4 teaspoon almond extract. Almond extract is very potent so a little goes a long way. Almond is such a deliciously classic pairing with cherries though – so good!

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Spoon the oatmeal into a bowl then top with the pitted, halved cherries, and a sprinkling of crunchy sliced almonds.

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal

serves 1


Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal is decadent yet healthy and tastes just like cookie dough!


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats (not steel cut nor instant, certified gluten-free if you ned it)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk, any kind (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze)
  • 1 small ripe banana, sliced thin
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup cherries, pitted then sliced in half
  • 1 Tablespoon sliced almonds


  1. Combine oats, water, milk, and banana slices in a saucepan over medium heat. Once bubbling, stir and cook until oats are creamy, about 3 minutes, using a spatula to mash banana slices. Remove pan from heat then stir in brown sugar, vanilla, and almond extract. Pour into a bowl then top with cherries and almonds.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

I am telling you – so ridiculously delicious! You will love the combo of almond and fresh cherry with a cookie dough flavor, and the contrast of creamy oatmeal with crunchy almonds is just fabulous. Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal – how bad could that be? :)

Cherry-Almond Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

More Delicious Cherry-Almond Combos!

Cherry Almond Crisp

Chewy Cherry-Almond Granola Bars

Almond-Crusted Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Salad with Cherries

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  1. sally 07.23.2013

    Looks delicious! I live in a Dairy Queen desert at the moment and oh how I miss blizzards :)

    • Catherine VW 07.23.2013

      I feel for you! We are now 73 miles from the nearest DQ…. Not that I am counting. Probably better for my waistline, though.

  2. I went to DQ this weekend for a S’mores Blizzard. I had one a few weeks ago and fell in love. Anyway, they said they were out. OUT! How can you be out? I was so upset.

    • Tom T 07.24.2013

      Never had the S’mores Blizzard I assume it is good given all the discussion. How does DQ run out? That is no good.

  3. Catherine VW 07.23.2013

    Can I tell you how upset I am that I just finished breakfast before reading this? It looks delicious. Guess I will wait for tomorrow!

  4. What a beautiful breakfast. Oatmeal never looked better.

  5. I’m heading over to buy that cherry pitter that you have! I’ve been wanting to get one all summer and this bowl of oats looks absolutely gorgeous! There is a new Dairy Queen going up about 5 minutes from my house and you better believe that I will be trying out the S’mores blizzard!

  6. Karla 07.23.2013

    Happy Due Date! Love all your recipes and I’m especially looking forward to some baby/toddler recipes :-)

  7. Tieghan 07.23.2013

    Oh yum! This looks so good!

  8. Cookie dough for breakfast?! Yes, please! Can’t wait to meet your little guy!

  9. Those pictures are gorgeous … the cherries are so deep red! Our cherries don’t look quite as delicious :). Pinning this now!

  10. This looks so good! I’m always looking for new ways to eat oatmeal. The addition of almond extract will be new to me. I will try this soon!

  11. Carrie 07.23.2013

    Pretty sure after I had my baby one thing on my grocery list was a package of cookie dough, might have eaten most of it…

  12. How exciting that he’s almost here! I can’t imagine being 39 weeks preggo in the middle of summer, I feel for you girl. I’m sure you can’t wait to meet him!

    And of course, this oatmeal looks perfect. Love the use of fresh cherries!

  13. char eats greens 07.23.2013

    I need me a cherry pitter!! This sounds like a fab breakfast to spice things up – mine have been so boring lately!

  14. Melissa 07.23.2013

    Um, WOW! I cannot even begin to tell you how incredible this looks! After reading through the recipe and the ingredients, it looks pretty simple, too! It combines all of my favorite flavors and is something I definitely need to try ASAP!

  15. Emily 07.23.2013

    So im just 14 weeks pregnant, but I thought I would have to go the whole 9 (10) months without cookie dough! Are you saying store bought – like in your blizzard – is ok???

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.23.2013

      The cookie dough pieces from DQ (and in other ice cream) is fine to eat “raw”, but I wouldn’t eat the tubes of cookie dough that are meant to be baked!

  16. WOW this sounds soooo hearty AND healthy! I LOVE it! You have inspired me to make some amazing oatmeal!

  17. Allison 07.23.2013

    I live a block from a DQ…. Dangerous!!! I’m 12 wks pregnant…. I don’t miss cookie dough too much (yet), but I do already miss eggs with runny/undercooked yolks and sushi.

    This oatmeal looks GOOD. Got to get some cherries while they are in season!!

  18. Yay! I’m so excited for your little arrival!

  19. Elizabeth 07.23.2013

    I am going to have to make this. I love oatmeal and eat it all kinds of ways, but normally I use dried cherries because I am lazy. haha This is going on my list of things to try. I hope you get to see your little guy soon! So exciting.

  20. oooh cookie dough + cherries + almond flavored anything has my heart!

  21. Dana 07.23.2013

    o-m-g i love love love this idea for oatmeal! I just got a cherry pitter too, I think the same one, my mom thinks i am silly for buying it because she doesn’t think I will use it, little does she know, I will be making some amazing cherry almond oatmeal! Mmm Mmmmmm thanks Kristin!

  22. Such a great idea for a yummy, protein-packed breakfast!

  23. This is what I’ve been craving only I didn’t even know it until now. I’ve been trying to clean things up a bit lately. So this should make my mornings super tasty!

  24. Jess 07.23.2013

    My fingers were numb for like the last 2 months of my pregnancy…so annoying! The feeling didn’t come back right away but it did within a few weeks. Maybe it has something to do with boys…my little boy is 7 months :) Good Luck!!!!

  25. Julie 07.23.2013

    I made this for breakfast this morning as I happened to have all the ingredients on hand (minus almond extract). It was super delicious!!! I love the fresh cherries and crunchy almonds on top and I especially liked this method of making oatmeal with 1/2 water and 1/2 milk and the banana. It comes out really creamy and slightly sweet even before adding the brown sugar! I will definitely be making again! Thank you!

  26. Tracy 07.23.2013

    Bings are good but I’m seriously obsessed with Rainier cherries right now!!

  27. Erika 07.23.2013

    You had me at cherry-almond! This sounds so good. I’m taking it as a sign since I also just bought a bottle of cherry-almond hand soap :)

    I miss seeing your breakfast posts/recipes so thanks for sharing.

  28. Melissa 07.23.2013

    Remember that eggless single-serve cookie dough you posted about forever ago (I do because I eat it um, frequently)? Make yourself some of that! So yum.

  29. Lindsay 07.23.2013

    I share your love of cookie dough, and I make small amounts to eat in 1 sitting by just leaving out the eggs and baking soda. I do about 1/4 of the recipe on the chocolate chip bag (you can easily do smaller amounts when you’re not using eggs!) and just add a little bit of milk if the dough is too thick. I usually don’t even have to do that though. It’s the best and worst information to have…

  30. Can you please pass a napkin because I’m drooling! ;) Pinning this and can’t wait to try it. And best wishes for your new baby boy when he arrives. So exciting!

  31. Monique Bartley 07.23.2013

    Cherry season is happy season.

  32. Georgie 07.23.2013

    What kind of camera lens do you use, if you don’t mind sharing? Your pictures are always so crisp and phenomenal!!! Like your dreamy food concoction is right in front of me :)

  33. This looks so Yummy!!! Almost sinfully delicious!!!

  34. I’ve never been a fan of cherries but your photographs make me want to try cherries again, like now!! What a great breakfast :)

  35. Ashley 07.23.2013

    This looks delicious and I love that you are blogging again about oatmeal. I learned how to make perfect oatmeal from you about 3 years ago. YUM!

  36. Kristin 07.24.2013

    This looks amazing!! And your pictures are to die for! It makes me feel like I am right there getting ready to eat!

  37. jodea @ 07.24.2013

    That is soooo weird. I was just wondering this morning if you’d do a breakfast recipe soon!

  38. I’ve already pinned this to Pinterest! It looks and sounds delicious.

  39. Im drooling… this looks so delicious!

  40. Leigh 07.24.2013

    First congrats on your little guy about to arrive. If you want to make some vegan cookie dough I love this website. Her butternut squash risotto and Brussel Sprout Mac & Cheese is divine. The cupcakes are also so good!
    Congrats again,

  41. Amanda 07.24.2013

    Just finished eating a bowl of this. Made my morning! Soooo goooood! Thanks for the recipe :)

  42. As soon as I read “s’mores blizzard with cookie dough” I HAD to have one. Holy deliciousness. It was life changing.

  43. Courtney 07.24.2013

    I rarely ever comment on blogs, but had to let you know that I made your BBQ Chicken Salad the other night, and now this oatmeal this morning. Both were fabulous!
    My husband was very skeptical of the salad, but has already asked me to include it on our menu for next week. I made the oatmeal this morning, and shared it with my 2 year old. We were both stuffed, but it was so good. I love the addition of the almond extract.
    Thanks for the great recipes!!!!

  44. Drebtgirl 07.24.2013

    Baby today?????????

  45. Jess 07.24.2013

    S’mores blizzards!? How have I been missing out on those!? This oatmeal looks fantastic – I have oatmeal most every morning, but I always need ways to make it a bit more interesting. Hooray for your little guy coming so soon, Kristin!

  46. Awesome Recipe, mouthwatering just looking at the pictures. Will definatly try this out. Thanks for the Inspiration :)

  47. Oh my yum! I am an oatmeal lover and this looks incredible. I am definitely enjoying cherry season! Congrats on the soon-to-be bundle of joy! I hope all goes smoothly with the delivery!

  48. Julia 07.24.2013

    I missed cookie dough the most when I was pregnant! This looks awesome!

  49. I am so bored with my breakfast right now, and I think this oatmeal is just the ticket! I’ve gotten into the greek yogurt with fruit and flaxseed rut, but nothing has actually motivated me to branch out. I must say, cherries, almonds and cookie dough are very compelling.

    ps- I hope your beautiful baby arrives soon!

  50. Lauren Williams 07.25.2013

    This is such a cool recipe! I’m not one for cherries so I would probably put strawberries on it instead. I can’t wait to try this! Oh and the s’mores blizzards from DQ are great! I get mine with chocolate soft serve instead of vanilla :)

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