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Berry Good Oatmeal

Stir dried cherries into your favourite hot cereal. Even an on-the-go packet of instant oatmeal gets a big nutritional (and taste) boost from a handful of cherries.

(Recipe compliments of choosecherries.com)

4 servings

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Ingredients

 

2 cups low fat milk (1% for nutrition analysis) 500 mL
1/4 tsp salt 1 mL
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats 250 mL
2/3 cup mixed dried berries and cherries (red tart cherries, blueberries and strawberries) 160 mL
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon 2 pinches
2 tsp packed brown sugar 10 mL
1/2 cup low fat milk (1% for nutrition analysis) 125 mL
4 tsp chopped toasted pecans or walnuts (optional)* 20 mL

Directions

  1. Bring 2 cups milk and the salt to boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Stir in dried oats; then stir in dried berries and cherries and cinnamon.
  3. Reduce heat.
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  5. To serve, spoon oatmeal into bowls. Pour 2 tablespoon (30mL) milk over each serving. Sprinkle with brown sugar and, if desired, nuts.
  6. *To toast nuts: Preheat oven to 350 F (175 C). Spread nuts in a single layer in a baking pan. Bake about 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Cool nuts before chopping.

Nutritional Info

Nutrition Facts per  1/2 cup (125 mL) serving: 

219 calories, 3 g total fat, 1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 40 g carbohydrate, 8 mg cholesterol, 9 g protein, 3 g fiber, 214 mg sodium.

Daily values: 10 % vitamin A, 0% vitamin C, 20% calcium, 6% iron.

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