It's decadent from being cooked in milk, and the fruit makes it surprisingly sweet without any added sugar. I didn't have an entire half cup of dried cherries, so I added some chopped dried apricots. You could use any dried fruit I would imagine. I topped my oatmeal with a touch of brown sugar and a pat of butter. If you're a gluten free eater, then you could absolutely use a gluten free option in place of the oats. Cooking time may or may not be affected.
This is a great twist on boring everyday oatmeal, it takes a little longer than just making it in the microwave, but you can't beat the taste!
Sunday Morning Oatmeal from Ina Garten
1 1/2 cups whole milk, plus extra for serving
1 1/2 cups quick-cooking (not instant) oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 banana, sliced
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup golden raisins
Pure maple syrup or brown sugar, for serving
Heat the milk plus 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan until it starts to simmer. Add the oatmeal and salt, bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thickened.
Off the heat, stir in the banana, cherries, and raisins. Place the lid on the pot and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Serve hot with maple syrup or brown sugar and extra milk.