Orange Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe

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"I never liked oatmeal until I jazzed it up with fruit and nuts," reports Jenni Oyler from Poughkeepsie, New York. "Wheat germ adds a great flavor and a nice nutritional boost."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 223 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 10 mg sodium, 48 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 6 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, bring the water and orange juice concentrate to a boil. Stir in the oats, wheat germ and cranberries. Return to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat. Stir in oranges, brown sugar and walnuts if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Orange Cranberry Oatmeal in Quick Cooking September/October 2003, p16

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Reviewed Feb. 13, 2011

"Not a huge hit with my kids, but I liked it! I used milk instead of water and omitted the wheat germ (didn't have any one hand). I also doubled the recipe and used one 15 oz can of oranges, which seemed like plenty. Also used about 2 T. more brown sugar (for the double batch)."

Reviewed Jan. 17, 2008

"This is sooo heavenly!!! I use pecans instead of walnuts and I serve it with vanilla yogurt. I didn't have wheat germ so I put in wheat bran and it was fine. I considered omitting it. I think that would work just fine as well. It is much better than it sounds!!!"

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