Who buys a four pound bag of dried cranberries? I did of course. I was at the store looking for dried fruit when I came across a big bag of dried cranberries. I didn’t think to hard when I bought it about how the heck I could use a four pound bag of dried fruit before the expiration date. That’s how I came up with this oatmeal.
Weeks after buying it, I came across it in the pantry, unopened, waiting to be used. I pulled out the bag of cranberries and stared at it, trying to figure out what to do with it.
At the time, I was pre-making my breakfast of Mason jar oatmeal. I added a few spoonfuls of it to my oatmeal, but it ended up being to plain and boring. One of my favorite things is chocolate, so I added a few teaspoons of cocoa powder in it, along with some sugar, and it was delicious.
The chocolate in this recipe is not overpowering, but provides a nice balance with the tart and subtly sweet flavor of the cranberries.
This recipe is really easy, can be made ahead of time, and is super cute because let’s be honest, Mason jars are plain adorable!
Preparation Time: Less than 10 minutes
- ½ cup old fashioned oatmeal (gluten free if necessary)
- ¼ cup milk + an additional 1/4 cup if making the night before
- ¾ cup water
- 2 tsps cocoa powder
- Splash of vanilla
- 1 -2 tbsp dried cranberries
- Sweetener of choice
In a Mason jar or microwave safe mug, combine the milk, oatmeal, dried cranberries and water. Microwave for about 3 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Remove from the microwave and stir in the cocoa powder and vanilla. Let cool slightly, stirring occasionally, as the oatmeal starts to thicken as it cools. Stir in your sweetener of choice and serve warm straight from the jar. If you are making this the night before, refrigerate, and then when ready to eat, add an additional ¼ cup of liquid (I use milk) and reheat.