Cran-apple oatmeal


This picture looks just like what you’d find a cereal box. Enlarged to show texture, as they say.

I came back from a 3-day folk music and dance festival last night. It was really great, but dancing for 5-6 hours/day can really work up an appetite. During my return carpool, my fellow travelers and I started to talk about oatmeal. And this morning, surprise surprise, I was really craving a nice hot bowl. However, my fridge is missing several important items, like fresh/frozen berries and almond milk (my milk-like beverage of choice this month), that I usually use to make my oatmeal taste less like, well, just plain oats. So I scrounged a little and turned up a jar of applesauce and a bag of craisins (both items I try to keep in my pantry). I thought, well, if cran-apple juice is delicious, maybe cran-apple oatmeal won’t be so bad. I made a good decision, cran-apple oatmeal might be a new favorite.


Tee-he-he, the craisins are on top of the apple sauce. Silly craisins.

Time to prepare (if oatmeal is already cooked): 5 minutes

Time to prepare if you have to cook the oatmeal: about 30 minutes

Serves: 1


  • 1 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal (I prefer steal-cut oats because they have a firmer texture, but any type will probably work)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/8 cup craisins (dried cranberries)


  1. Put oatmeal in a bowl
  2. Add brown sugar. I find that adding the sugar before the other ingredients helps the sugar to spread more evenly over the oatmeal.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir mixture.
  5. Eat.
  6. Adjust cran/apple/sugar ratio to desired taste.

A note on oatmeal: Believe it or not, cooked steel-cut oatmeal reheats really nicely in the microwave. I like to make a big pot on the weekends (about 2 cups of uncooked oats) and then store the oatmeal in a Tupperware in the fridge. On a Wednesday morning when I’m already feeling pretty down about the day, I scoop some oatmeal into a microwave safe bowl, heat it for 2 minutes, add some milk-like beverage, sugar, and fruit, and voilà, instant satisfaction. You’ll (probably) never go back to instant.



3 thoughts on “Cran-apple oatmeal

  1. Molly Susser

    Hi Jessica. It sounds great. I have been using cranraiisons, maple surup, and choped peacans to enhance my oatmeal. Using steel cut is something I will try. Apples sound like angreat addtions.. Thanks for the tip. Love GM (grandma)


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