Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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 & Cranberry Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 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
  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.).
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  1. 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!

    1. Awesome! I will have to try that. Thanks a lot! Let me know if you try any more of my recipes.

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

    1. 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! :)

  3. 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! :)

    1. Bummer! I find potatoes and sweet potatoes so hard to cook... Usually my problem is UNDERcooking them! :)

      I'm glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing on your blog!

    2. I chose this for my exam day breakfast and it was super yummy and filling! The cranberries go so well with the sweet potato. Thanks!

  4. 3 Studies SHOW How Coconut Oil Kills Belly Fat.

    This means that you literally get rid of fat by eating Coconut Fat (in addition to coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 researches from big medicinal magazines are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world around!


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