Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal

I have a new appreciation for oatmeal.  I used to love those little instant packets but, after trying the real deal with warm brown sugar and raisins, there’s just no going back.  As a result, I’ve been on the hunt for new and delicious oatmeal ideas.  I came across this one a few years ago in a cookbook and marked it because I thought it sounded delicious.  Well, this weekend I finally got around to making it.  Let me just say that this may be a weekly staple.

Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal

  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 cup Old Fashioned Oats
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cherry jam, or to taste
  • 1/4 cup 1 percent low-fat milk

Put water, oats, salt and cherries into a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and cherry jam. Put into serving bowls and pour 2 tablespoons of milk over each bowl.  Pour a cup of coffee, open the paper, and indulge.

Every Monday is a “Reci-bee” post, where I share my favorite recipes, recipe collections, and cooking and baking hints and tips. 

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