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I have the testing recipes for christmas breakfast - I have a few friends and family coming my way for Christmas and each one has different taste in food - so I am trying to get ahead with a menu plan. Lunch and Dinner menu is already set - but breakfast is wide open. We have a few oatmeal lovers - so I thought I would add oatmeal to the menu (along with some baked goods - to be decided on later or maybe I will go the lazy route and pick up a few things from whole foods. There will be fresh toast - I am thinking it will be this Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast with Strawberry Sauce (or maybe I will try to create something different).

Anyways - the one thing that is sure for on the breakfast menu is this cranberry oatmeal - it is so good. I like to make my own cranberry sauce, but you can use store bought to save some time. Once you have the cranberry - its really very simple to throw together. Also, I have used almond milk here for a healthier version, but you can use any milk you have at home.

So why cranberry oatmeal ? - Well, cos its Christmas and regular ole oat meal just won't do.


  • 2/3 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 allspice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • diced diced, for garnish (optional)
  • shave almonds, for garnish (optional)


Over medium heat, heat 1/4 cup water, spice and cranberry sauce in a medium sauce pan. Once it starts to simmer, stir in salt, milk and water and bring to boil.

Once boiling, stir in oats, sugar, vanilla and almond extract, reduce heat to simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes until it thickens to you liking, remove from heat. 

Top with desired topping, freshly diced apples, splash of milk, almond. Serve immediately.