Cranberries and oranges are my go-to flavor combo this Christmas. What it is about those two ingredients together, I don’t know, but they taste like Christmas to me; there’s something almost magical about it. I’ve been combining them in all sorts of things, but the easiest for sure is this delicious oatmeal.
It’s easy to get in a bland old boring oatmeal rut. Well, it’s easy if you’re not me. I personally never make oatmeal the same way twice because I’m weird like that. But I have heard that it can be easy to get into the afore-mentioned oatmeal rut.
All you have to do, my friend, is add a few fun things to your oatmeal. In this particular case, very magical, very Christmas-y cranberries and oranges. From boring to exciting in one easy step.
Cranberry Orange Oatmeal
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 tsp orange zest
- 1 cup oats
- dash salt
- 1/4 cup raw sugar or honey
- Bring water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. While it’s heating, add the cranberries and orange zest. Once it’s boiling, reduce heat to medium and add oats and salt. Stir and bring to a boil; then reduce heat a little more and allow to simmer until thickened. Stir in sugar or honey.
- Serve with a pat of butter and additional honey or sugar, if desired. Garnish with orange segments.
There’s no wonder that oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfasts: it’s QUICK! If you choose to use them, steel oats can take longer, but soaking them overnight in the liquid will help them cook up pretty quickly the next morning.
Oatmeal is also EASY. Anybody can make oatmeal. And anybody can make cranberry orange oatmeal.
This is the time of year to make CHEAP cranberry orange oatmeal! Both cranberries and oranges are in season right now, so snap them up at the cheapest prices they’ll be all year round.
Cranberries are some of the HEALTHY-est berries you can eat (and one of very few actual berries), especially because of its high levels of antioxidants. So eat ’em up!