Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe

This cranberry oatmeal recipe is perfect for using up leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

If you love cranberry-flavored dishes, this is the perfect breakfast. It has loads of cranberry flavor while still giving you a healthy breakfast made with wholesome oats. Use a cranberry sauce that is made with natural sweeteners for the best nutrition.

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Easy Breakfast Idea

So, you may look at this Cranberry Oatmeal recipe and think, “That’s it? That’s the whole recipe?” This is quick, simple, and meant to help you use up that leftover cranberry sauce before it goes bad.

Benefits Of Cranberries

Cranberries have tons of nutritional benefits. Most berries are extremely healthy. but cranberries are right up there at the top of the list with blueberries as a superfood.

Many people consider cranberries to be a superfood due to their high nutrient and antioxidant content.

In fact, research has linked the nutrients in cranberries to a lower risk of urinary tract infection (UTI), the prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, and decreased blood pressure.

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More Ideas For Using Up Leftover Cranberry Sauce

  • Put it on crostini with cheese.
  • Try blending it with vinaigrette ingredients for a delicious cranberry vinaigrette.
  • Swirled into brownie batter.
  • Oatmeal cookie recipes – You can stir in leftover cranberry sauce or try using dried cranberries. You can also crumble them and serve them over some ice cream.

Leftover Fresh Cranberries

  • Mix them into cookie dough. (Such as cranberry oatmeal cookies)
  • Pop a few into natural soda or sparkling water.

Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe Additions

Want to add more to this? You have lots of options. Try any of these:

  1. Grated orange zest
  2. Apple or Banana
  3. Spices – Like cinnamon, nutmeg, or cloves.
  4. Dried Fruits – Try raisins, dates, or apricots.
  5. Coconut Flakes
  6. Chia Seeds or Flaxseeds
  7. Greek yogurt, Cream, or non-dairy milk such as almond milk or oat milk.
  8. Nut Butter
  9. White chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips.
  10. Maple syrup or honey – For more sweetness.
  11. Vanilla extract – The real stuff, not vanilla flavoring.
  12. Eggs – Whisk in a large egg into the cooked oatmeal quickly to blend it into the oats for extra protein.

Dietary Considerations

Gluten-free – Use gluten-free oats and make sure the cranberry sauce is gluten-free as well.

Vegan – This is naturally vegan.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Ingredients

Water – Use good, filtered water that doesn’t taste like chlorine.

Salt – Any type you are comfortable using. I used pink Himalayan salt.

Traditional oats – You can actually use any type of oats you prefer if you follow the package directions for cooking them. The choice is yours. Rolled oats, steel cut oats, quick oats, use whatever you’re comfortable with, but follow the package directions instead of the directions here which are for traditional oats only.

Prepared cranberry sauce – Use any leftover cranberry sauce.

Pecans – You can buy them in pieces or chop them yourself.

How To Make Cranberry Oatmeal

Water in a pot with a pinch of salt, coming to a boil.

Bring the water to a boil with a pinch of salt in it.

Oats added to water in a pot.
Cooked oatmeal in a pot.

Add the oats and cover. Reduce the water to a simmer and cook until the water is gone and the oats are creamy. Transfer them to a large bowl.

Adding cranberry sauce to a bowl of plain oatmeal.
Cranberry sauce stirred into oatmeal.

Stir in the cranberry sauce.

Adding chopped pecans to cranberry oatmeal.

Sprinkle chopped pecans.

A large, white bowl of cranberry oatmeal topped with chopped pecans.

Serve.

Storage

Store leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Freezing Cranberry Oatmeal

This can be frozen, if packed well, for up to 2 months. It’s best to freeze it in portioned sizes so it’s easy to defrost.

Reheating Cranberry Oatmeal

This is easiest to reheat in a microwave. But you can also reheat it in a pot on the stove if you add a little milk or water to keep it from burning. Stir constantly until warmed through.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe

Delicious oatmeal that will help you use up that leftover cranberry sauce.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 470kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup traditional oats
  • 1 cup prepared cranberry sauce
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans

Instructions

  • Bring the water to a boil with a pinch of salt in it.
    Water in a pot with a pinch of salt, coming to a boil.
  • Add the oats and cover. Reduce the water to a simmer and cook until the water is gone and the oats are creamy.
    Oats added to water in a pot.
  • Stir in the cranberry sauce.
    Adding cranberry sauce to a bowl of plain oatmeal.
  • Sprinkle chopped pecans.
    Adding chopped pecans to cranberry oatmeal.
  • Serve.
    A large, white bowl of cranberry oatmeal topped with chopped pecans.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 470kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 242mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 3mg

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