Sweet Potato and Cranberry Oatmeal

Having this job means packing lunches again. My entire first week, I stuck to two meals. The first was a PB&J sandwich. Shocking? No, not at all. 🙂


The second was a baked sweet potato. With Earth Balance. And cinnamon. And a little salt. And dried cranberries. GOOD GRACIOUS.

And I thought…why not turn it into oatmeal? 🙂 You’re welcome.


I’ve started baking my sweet potatoes in a crock pot. It’s so perfect. I can do it in the evenings and just let it sit for a few hours, and I don’t have to worry about under-cooking it like I usually do when it’s in the oven and I’m impatient to eat it. 🙂

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Oatmeal

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 small sweet potato (or 1/2 a large one), peeled, cooked, and mashed
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of dried cranberries

How to make it:

  1. Bring milk (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  2. Give the oats a couple minutes to cook on its own. Then, add mashed sweet potato and stir.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt. Stir.
  4. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now. I recommend walnuts or pecans.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Either stir the cranberries into the oats, or just top the oatmeal with them! Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).


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.

10 Responses to Sweet Potato and Cranberry Oatmeal

  1. Betsy says:


  2. Tina B. says:

    I made this oatmeal this morning. It was quite good! I’m watching my weight right now, so I omitted the honey altogether, but cooked the Craisins with the oatmeal because I’ve learned that doing so releases more of their natural sweetness into the oatmeal. I’m making more tomorrow morning because not only was it good, but it kept me from feeling hungry for 2 hours longer than my normal breakfast!

  3. Jennifer says:

    It was a hit with the kids! Thanks so much for the idea, I needed something different this morning!

    • Lauren Smith says:

      Hurray! Your kids have pretty sophisticated palettes! I always imagine single people like myself making recipes, so it’s so cool to think of people using my recipes to feed their families! 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for your blog, I LOVE oatmeal too! I made this sweet potato & cranberry oatmeal recipe and posted about it on my blog.

    I liked it other than I overcooked the sweet potato, but that’s completely my fault. I’m so glad I tried it, I think I’m falling in love with sweet potatoes! My toddler son would have loved it, if only I would have shared it! 🙂

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