Saturday, October 24, 2009

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

This morning I decided I would make oatmeal for the family.  I love Saturday morning breakfast with the family.  We're not rushing to get out to school and work.  I love to experiment with oatmeal, find ways to add something other than pure sugar or brown sugar (which taste good, but there are other ways to sweeten oatmeal, and I will NOT use artificial sweeteners).

Not sure why this one came to me this morning, it's really quite simple.  It was very tasty, if you like cranberry orange then you should try this.  My version feeds 4-5 (depending on how big your tummies are). 

It's time to get the microplane out, to zest the orange.  Microplanes are great because generally you don't end up zesting the "white" part just under the surface, which can become bitter.  Also the zest is very fine, so you don't have to chop it up or get a big bite of it when you're eating, instead it will be subtle.

One more thing: if you notice, I put the cranberries in the water upfront- this makes them plump up nicely.

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

3 1/4 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of 1/2 orange
3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
2 cups quick oats

1/4 cup orange juice (juice of 1/2 orange)
2 Tbsp honey

Boil water with salt, zest and cranberries.  Once boiling, add oats, reduce heat to medium, and stir for 1 minute.  Remove from heat, and cover for 3 minutes.  Stir in juice and honey.  Serve!

My husband is not a big fan of oatmeal, but he liked this.  Do you like oatmeal?  Do you ever experiment with different ingredients to go with it?


  1. Great idea! On weekend mornings, I like to take chopped apples (sometimes raisins, too) and about 1/4 cup of apple juice, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon in a pan on the stove.

    I boil the mixture until the apples are soft and the juice has thickened slightly, (I do usually end up adding some brown sugar) then add the whole mixture to our cooked oats. Yummy and healthy!

  2. Hi Martha. I couldn't find a link to email you, but to can my Crockpot Apple Butter, I used Martha Stewart's instructions at (but I don't insert a rack into my pots, as she recommends).

    I look forward to reading about your experience! Your oatmeal sounds amazing, by the way!