Baked Chocolate Strawberry Oatmeal

I’m eating this baked chocolate strawberry oatmeal as I write up this post, and y’all? MMM! So good. It’s perfect for this morning, when we still had a chill in the air by 7:30. In May. WOW. But anyway, I digress.

Back to talking about this oatmeal.

Why haven’t I put it on the blog sooner? It’s not usually my go-to. This chocolate cherry one is. But our local grocery store had organic strawberries on sale for SUPER cheap and they were SUPER good, so I bought a lot of containers. Thus, this oatmeal has been made a few times. Also strawberry French toast oatmeal. And strawberry jam. And strawberry pie oatmeal (which you could follow this recipe for and swap blueberries for cut-up strawberries. Easy peasy!).

chocolate strawberry baked oatmeal in a white ramekin on a blue plate with a spoon

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The Easiest Berry Jam Ever

If you’re like me in these self-isolating times, you’re probably getting creative in the kitchen. I’ve been making a ton of baked oatmeals – including a PB&J one using this new jam I made!

I’m also trying to simplify my nutrition, so making things at home instead of buying from the grocery store makes more sense – especially when it can be hard to find items you normally buy. So I looked up some recipes and started making my own jam. And I can’t even explain how easy it is!

Basically, pick the berry you want to make jam from. I’ve tried cherries, raspberries, and peaches. So far, the berries have worked the best, and I look forward to trying blueberry and strawberry – and probably a combo of any of these together! The peaches – eh. Those would have needed more cooking time and I got impatient. I’ll maybe report back later if I try again.

Until then, let’s make some berry jam!

jar of cherry jam

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