Thursday, February 28, 2013

Cream Cheese Oatmeal with Dried Fruit

This past weekend, I found myself in the unfortunate situation of being out of fresh fruit. I imagine this is a pretty common problem for some people, so I try to make sure I have a wide variety of oatmeal recipes that can appease the most vacant of pantries!

My mom recently sent me a box full of "fancy" dried fruits. By "fancy," I mean that they are not raisins and bananas. They are the pricier stuff that I can never afford:  pineapple, cherries, and blueberries.

Using what I had, I threw together this recipe. I thought it sounded unimpressive in my head, but I was shocked at how tasty it was! I had to share it.

Cream Cheese Oatmeal with Dried Fruit

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup milk or choice, or water
  • 1 tbsp cream cheese (Tofutti works, too)
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice (omit if using dairy cream cheese)
  • pinch of salt
  1. Add milk to a saucepan over medium heat. Add cream cheese immediately in small pieces (so it dissolves better).
  2. When liquid begins to boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Add dried fruits. (I used blueberries, cherries, cranberries, and raisins.)
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, optional lemon juice, and salt. Stir.
  5. When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).
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  1. I've never heard of cream cheese in oatmeal before, how original!

    1. Really? It didn't seem that abnormal to me! :)

  2. Topped with raisins, dried cranberries, dried cherries, and golden raisins, this oatmeal was so yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

  3. Great post Lauren!! I never heard about the dish but I think it be very delicious. My mom makes cake with dry fruits. Which online store you prefer the best for the buying dry fruits? I always go to the link which I found through the Google search. I don't know is it the best but the quality and the quantity of their products are excellent.

    1. Thanks for sharing! I've never used an online site for that; I just buy mine at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods or other markets around the city.

  4. Its really so easy to make it..I am loving this recipe..
    Thanks for sharing:)

    Soy Yogurt-Yo MyGoodness


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