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There’s something about baking for the upcoming weekend, which brings me to today’s recipe.

It’s a windy, snowy day and I didn’t feel like going out, so I went to the kitchen to see what I could throw together.

The main ingredients I had were frozen cherries, oatmeal, and dark chocolate chips, so a crisp was the first thing I thought of.

I only had a small amount of butter in the fridge, but I had coconut oil and maple syrup to bind the topping.

Here’s how I put it together (sorry for the lack of photos):

In a medium bowl, combine one bag of thawed cherries, cinnamon, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Once mixed together, put in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

In another bowl, combine oatmeal, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and flour. I also threw in some hemp seeds I had, but that’s not necessary.

Put the oatmeal mixture on top of the cherries and pat down.

Top with chocolate chips.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 30-45 minutes until golden brown, the cherries are bubbly, and chocolate chips are melty. Once out of the oven, you can use a butter knife to spread out the chocolate.

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To make extra yummy, serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

What you’ll need for cherry bottom:

1 bag of frozen cherries or fresh pitted cherries

1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

What you’ll need for crisp topping:

1 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup brown sugar

Chocolate chips (as much or as little as you want)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine one bag of thawed (or fresh, pitted) cherries, cinnamon, flour, sugar, and vanilla extract.

Once mixed together, put in a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.

In another bowl, combine oatmeal, coconut oil, maple syrup, brown sugar, and flour. I also threw in some hemp seeds I had, but that’s not necessary.

Put the oatmeal mixture on top of the cherries and pat down.

Top with chocolate chips.

Bake for 30-45 minutes.

Tips:

If you don’t want to use coconut oil and maple syrup you can use butter (1/2 a stick up to a whole stick, depending on how buttery you want it). The butter can be cubed and worked into the oatmeal mixture with your fingers or you can melt it and stir in.

You can also add chopped almonds, pecans, or seeds to your oatmeal mixture to add more texture.

If you can’t have chocolate (or don’t like chocolate), the crisp is still good without it.

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