Cran-Strawberry Oatmeal

October is almost over. I am not ready for winter. This is tragic. Please, save me. Is it time to move to California? It might be.

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On the bright side, I have decided on my Halloween costume. Basically, I’m going as my own cat. That’s how you know you love your pet too much. Do you think she’ll be offended that I’m dressing up as her? Will she think I’m making a caricature of her? I hope to do her justice, but I can definitely never live up to her beauty.

I mean, look at this flawless ball of fur:

Nuevo hoy: Cran-Strawberry Oatmeal ❤️🍓 Tipsy approves. 🐾

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Anyway. This year, I have become increasingly interested in oatmeal with strawberries cooked in. In the past, I have always preferred using strawberries as a topping only; I loved their cool, sweet freshness. However, I may be starting to prefer them cooked in.

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This seemed like a good complement with cranberries, which can be tricky to incorporate into oatmeal. Cranberries are such a tart fruit, so you always have to come up with ways to temper that. Strawberries are an interesting choice because they also have a (less intense) tartness, but are also more naturally sweet. As a result, they temper the cranberries while still celebrating their unique tart flavor.

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The cinnamon also balances the tartness, adding just enough earthiness, and the maple syrup will finish the job. The amount you use really will depend on your preference for tart flavors, so if you dig that tang, go easy on the sweetener, but if you know that’s not something you’ll enjoy, douse it. 🙂 I won’t judge.

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Cran-Strawberry Oatmeal

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

What you'll need:

  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water*
  • 1/4 cup quick cook steel cut oats*
  • 5-10 diced and hulled strawberries, fresh recommended
  • 1/4 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • maple syrup, to taste

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, strawberries, and cranberries, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. After a couple minutes, stir in your vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir occasionally.
  3. Add maple syrup to taste, between 1-3 teaspoons.
  4. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, more fresh strawberries if desired, and any other additional toppings (nuts, coconut, dried fruit, etc.). I used Peanut Butter & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl.

Just an FYI:

*You can make this with rolled or quick oats by increasing the liquid to 1 cup and the oats to 1/2 cup.

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About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

6 Responses to Cran-Strawberry Oatmeal

  1. Oh gosh, I’m not ready for winter either. Please also take several pictures of your Halloween costume, I would absolutely LOVE to see that!

  2. Yeah I’m not sure how it is almost the end of October. I just recently moved down South…so I’m interested as to what winter entails here. I’m hoping it’s mild and fall like without any snow. Well see though.

  3. California is definitely warmer compared to New York right now, but the fall vibes are strong in Northern California. We do mutter the words “sweater weather.” I’m enjoying fall just as much as you are, but winter I’m kinda apprehensive about because of the chili weather. However, the warm and healthy comfort food along with the holiday cheer make the last quarter of the calamdar year my favorite.

  4. Kristin says:

    I actually have a tip for you! Frozen cranberries are a great alternative to fresh, maybe even better. The little guys freeze really well and are great to have on hand in the freezer. You can add a handful to many recipes and I really like them in overnight oats with some pumpkin or sweet potato.

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