Bruleed Cherry Oatmeal Recipe


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This Bruleed Cherry Oatmeal recipe is absolutely worth getting up for in the mornings.

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My husband loves a bowl of steel-cut oatmeal in the mornings. Whether we cook it overnight in the slow cooker or cook a week’s worth of them on the stove top, it is definitely one of his favorite go-to breakfasts during the week. Most days he doesn’t like for me to do anything different to his favorite bowl of oatmeal, but some mornings it is just nice to take the simplest of breakfasts and make them special.

Like this bruleed cherry oatmeal.

A delicious bowl of steel-cut oats cooked just right with bits of dried cherries stirred in is always a welcome and hearty breakfast, but when you brulee it – it takes this oatmeal to a whole new level.

You can get two different looks with this bruleed oatmeal, depending on your preference, but I’m always one to go toward a bowl of fluffy oatmeal with specs of the crunchy, sugary topping dotted about the top. It’s like a welcome surprise with each and every little bite.

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Here’s how I make this bruleed cherry oatmeal recipe. 

Bruleed Cherry Oatmeal Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This Bruleed Cherry Oatmeal recipe is a great recipe to make your morning bowl of oatmeal even more special. Get this easy cherry oatmeal recipe you are sure to fall in love with.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  • Bring water to a boil in a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pan. Stir in oats and add a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer uncovered for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in dried cherries and spoon into individual ramekins or bowls.
  • If you prefer your bruleed oatmeal to have the look of creme brulee, then press the oatmeal into the bowl with the back of your spoon until flattened on top.
  • If you prefer your bruleed oatmeal to have a fuller look, then skip the above step.
  • Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/2 tablespoon of granulated sugar on top of each serving.
  • Using a kitchen torch, brulee the sugars on top of the oatmeal and serve. If you do not have a kitchen torch, simply place your bowls of oatmeal in your oven and broil until the sugars have melted and hardened, about 2-4 minutes. Watch carefully to prevent burning.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 538IU | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Robyn xo

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  1. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    Oh goodness what a wonderful thing to wake up to!

  2. Rachel @ Bakerita says:

    Yum! This sounds amazing. I’m already planning all the different kinds I’m going to make..haha! This will be my go-to breakfast, because who doesn’t love steel cut oats?!

  3. Jamie | My Baking Addiction says:

    Now I want oatmeal for dinner! Love this idea!

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    I need this oatmeal in my liiiife!

  5. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says:

    What a lovely breakfast idea, Robyn! So creative and I bet so delicious. Thanks for shraing and inspiring me with something new. You have a beautiful blog!

  6. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids says:

    I love steel-cut oatmeal, and this recipe kicks it up a notch. Perfection!

  7. Cookbook Queen says:

    I love the idea of steel cut oats in the crockpot, but have never tried it. This version has convinced me–it needs to happen SOON!!!

  8. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective says:

    Uhhh, yes please! This sounds like my kind of breakfast. Pinned!

  9. Kristen says:

    Those pictures are to die for. That recipe – whatever the next step beyond to die for is!

  10. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    This is brilliant! I am crazy about dried cherries! I think this would make a great LUNCH, too….sometimes I’m too lazy in the mornings to MAKE anything! 😉

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      I know what you mean, Bridget! It takes me a bit to get my eyes all perked up! That’s why I like to cheat a little bit by making a week’s worth of oatmeal at once or using the overnight slow cooker method. Life changing.