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Cranberry Oatmeal

Learn how to make the most delicious cranberry oatmeal! The recipe is made with sweetened dried cranberries, hearty oats, maple syrup, and refreshing orange zest. It’s an easy holiday breakfast that takes just minutes to make!

For more holiday versions, check out my eggnog oatmeal, gingerbread oatmeal, and spiced apple oatmeal.

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The best oatmeal with cranberries

Now that the mornings are growing chilly, I find myself craving warm, cozy meals to start off my day.

And this sweet, fluffy cranberry oatmeal suits that mood perfectly.

It starts with a creamy oatmeal base that is loaded with sweet, slightly tart cranberries and zesty orange.

A blob of yogurt and cranberry sauce makes the dish extra fruity and decadent.

The recipe is great when you’re looking for something quick and easy on a weekday morning.

It makes 4 servings, and you can certainly scale it up if you want to feed more people. It’s lovely for a holiday brunch!

Need more recipes for Christmas morning? Add eggnog bread pudding, Swedish crepes, and eggnog banana bread to your lineup!

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Ingredients

You need the following ingredients to make cranberry oatmeal. Please scroll down to the recipe card for exact measurements.

  • Rolled oats (also known as old-fashioned oats) work best because they are chewy and less mushy than quick oats or instant oats. Steel-cut oats need to cook longer and require more liquid, so rolled oats are the way to go here.
  • Milk + water: A combination of milk and water gives the oatmeal the perfect consistency. You can use any kind you like. The richer the milk, the richer the oatmeal will taste. I prefer whole milk. Almond milk and oat milk are great dairy-free alternatives.
  • Sweetened dried cranberries add fruity sweetness and a festive pop of color. Dried cranberry muffins, dried cranberry cookies, and cranberry walnut oatmeal cookies are more tasty recipes starring dried cranberries.
  • Maple syrup: The recipe needs a touch of sweetness. I only used a small amount; feel free to sweeten the oatmeal more to your taste.
  • Orange zest pairs beautifully with the cranberries and adds a fruity note to the oatmeal.
  • Salt: A pinch of salt enhances the other flavor and is key to a great-tasting oatmeal.
  • Topping: Garnish your dried cranberry oatmeal with a spoonful of yogurt, cranberry sauce, and extra dried cranberries.
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How to make cranberry oatmeal

Oatmeal with craisins can be made on the stovetop or as cranberry overnight oats. I’ll show you both methods.

step 1 bring to a boil.

1. Boil

Combine the rolled oats, milk, water, dried cranberries, maple syrup, salt, and orange zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

step 2 simmer cranberry oatmeal.

2. Simmer

Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the oatmeal for 5 minutes, until it’s thick and creamy and reaches your desired texture.

step 3 serve cranberry oatmeal.

3. Rest and serve

Turn off the heat and let the oatmeal rest for 2 minutes.

Then, ladle the oatmeal into bowls and garnish with a spoonful of yogurt, cranberry sauce, and dried cranberries. Enjoy!

Cranberry overnight oats

Cranberry overnight oats are a great way to prepare the recipe in advance. It can help to save you time on a busy morning and to prepare ahead for holiday morning brunch.

You need the same ingredients and quantities as for the stovetop version.

Then, place all ingredients into a jar and stir well to combine. I like to use 16-oz wide-mouth mason jars.

Seal the jar airtight and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight. The oats will soften more the longer they sit and soak.

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Tips

  • Avoid quick oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats cook fast enough, and the texture is much heartier. Quick oats can end up mushy.
  • Toast the oats: If you have time, toast the oats in a little bit of butter or oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. It brings out their rich, nutty flavor.
  • Don’t skip the salt: Salt is a flavor enhancer and adds some oomph to your oatmeal bowl.
  • Adjust the liquid as needed: Feel free to adjust the amount of liquid according to your preferred texture. Use more milk for a thinner oatmeal or reduce the liquid slightly for an extra thick oatmeal.
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Variations

Make this cranberry oatmeal recipe your own by adding any of the following mix-ins and toppings:

  • Spices: A teaspoon of ground cinnamon or gingerbread spice adds cozy warmth to the oatmeal.
  • White chocolate chips are delicious with cranberries. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons over the oatmeal before serving.
  • Nuts: A handful of chopped pecans or walnuts makes a lovely addition to craisin oatmeal.
  • Seeds: Chia seeds, hemp seeds, or flaxseed meal are a great way to add extra fiber and protein.
  • Apple: Add 1 chopped apple when cooking the oatmeal.
  • Gluten-free: If you’re on a gluten-free diet, be sure to use certified gluten-free rolled oats.
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Serving suggestions

You can eat oatmeal with cranberries just as is or pair it with more delicious breakfast items. Here are a few ideas to try:

side shot of a bowl of dried cranberry oatmeal topped with cranberry sauce and yogurt.
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Storage instructions

  • Store: Refrigerate the cranberry oatmeal recipe in an airtight container and consume it within 5 days.
  • Reheat: Warm up individual portions on the stovetop over medium heat or gently reheat in the microwave. Add a splash of milk or water to loosen it up. Of course, you can also enjoy leftovers cold.
  • Freeze: Place the oatmeal in a freezer bag or container and freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before reheating.

Meal prep & make ahead

Prepare a big batch, divvy it up into individual jars or containers, and reheat it for a quick, effortless breakfast all week.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

Learn how to make the most delicious cranberry oatmeal! The recipe is made with sweetened dried cranberries, hearty oats, maple syrup, and refreshing orange zest. It’s an easy holiday breakfast that takes just minutes to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup / 80 g / 2.8 oz rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups / 360 ml / 12 fl oz whole milk
  • 1/2 cup / 120 ml / 4 fl oz water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup / 100 g / 3.5 oz sweetened dried cranberries
  • zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  1. Boil. Combine the rolled oats, milk, water, dried cranberries, maple syrup, salt, and orange zest in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer the oatmeal for 5 minutes, until it’s thick and creamy and reaches your desired texture.
  3. Rest and serve. Turn off the heat and let the oatmeal rest for 2 minutes. Then, ladle the oatmeal into bowls and garnish with a spoonful of yogurt, cranberry sauce, and dried cranberries. Enjoy!

Notes

Cranberry Overnight Oats

Cranberry overnight oats are a great way to prepare the recipe in advance. It can help to save you time on a busy morning and to prepare ahead for holiday morning brunch.

You need the same ingredients and quantities as for the stovetop version.

Then, place all ingredients into a jar and stir well to combine. I like to use 16-oz wide-mouth mason jars.

Seal the jar airtight and place it in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight. The oats will soften more the longer they sit and soak.

Tips

  • Avoid quick oats: Old-fashioned rolled oats cook fast enough, and the texture is much heartier. Quick oats can end up mushy.
  • Toast the oats: If you have time, toast the oats in a little bit of butter or oil before adding the rest of the ingredients. It brings out their rich, nutty flavor.
  • Don’t skip the salt: Salt is a flavor enhancer and adds some oomph to your oatmeal bowl.
  • Adjust the liquid as needed: Feel free to adjust the amount of liquid according to your preferred texture. Use more milk for a thinner oatmeal or reduce the liquid slightly for an extra thick oatmeal.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 251Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 190mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 4gSugar: 32gProtein: 6g

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