Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal

by Erin

About mid-summer I became disconnected from the internet at home and I have yet to turn it back on. You see as a graduate student, spending $60 a month on internet when I am only home for a couple hours before sleeping wasn’t really worth it. The first half of this year I shared internet with a neighbor but she has moved, and I have not made friends with the new neighbor yet. As a result, I save recipes from browsing online at lab (shh don’t tell) on a USB drive to take home and open on my computer. But sometimes I fail to do so. While panicking one evening I realized I have an entire shelving unit full of under-loved cookbooks just begging to be used. As a result this whole no internet at home business is actually forcing me to use my cookbooks more often – nothing wrong with that!

I love homemade oatmeal. So much that I cannot even look at the packaged stuff found at the grocery store. It is just too good and easy to make yourself to bother with them. And when I saw this recipe for two servings of autumn in a bowl I knew what I was having for breakfast. The sweetness of the apples is great along side of the tart cranberries, but also added walnuts because I like a little crunch in my oatmeal.


Serves 2


1 Tbsp unsalted butter

1 apple, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 cup whole rolled oats

1 cup apple cider

1/2 cup dried cranberries

2 Tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)


  1. Heat a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and apples and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the oats, 1 cup water, cider, cranberries, sugar and cinnamon and bring to a simmer.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and loosely cover. Cook without stirring for about 10 minutes, or until the oatmeal thickens to your desired consistency. Stir in walnuts if using.
  4. Serve with milk and your choice of sweetener, if desired.

Source: Cakelove in the Morning (which I won through a giveaway from Pass the Sushi)

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 16, 2012 - 11:50 am

Oh this does sound like autumn in a bowl! I would love this for breakfast!

Hope Cox October 16, 2012 - 11:32 am

Hey Erin,
This oatmeal recipe sounds lovely! I love oatmeal when it’s cold outside :) Your recipe also sounds more filling than the one I usually make: Oatmeal with peanut butter and/or flaxseed and/or raisins.

I noticed in your oatmeal recipe that both 1 cup of water AND 1 cup of apple cider are added to 1 cup of oatmeal. Does this make it soup-y? Usually when I make oatmeal in the microwave (from whole oats), I use 1/2 cup of oatmeal to 1/4-1/2 cup of milk. I don’t like my oatmeal soupy but I do like it moist. I was just wondering what your recipe’s texture was like?

Hope (

P.S. I don’t have a smart phone either! And it’s gonna stay that way til smart phones are cheaper than flip phones. :-)

spiffycookie October 16, 2012 - 12:31 pm

I did not think it was soupy, it looked just like the picture I posted haha. I have never made oatmeal in the microwave but I imagine since it has a shorter cook time it would evaporate less liquid than on the stove top.

kita October 15, 2012 - 9:00 pm

Im trying to convince the BF to let us go back to ‘old’ phones without the internet just because we don’t need to spend that kind of money. :(
But yeay for cookbooks! And oatmeal. Love it.

spiffycookie October 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Oh yea I don’t have a smart phone either haha. And definitely yay for cookbooks, especially since I won that one from you ;-)

Vicki @ WITK October 15, 2012 - 8:00 pm

The first year I was a grad student I didn’t feel like paying for internet either. My mom insisted on paying for it because she thought I needed it and so she could e-mail me all the time :) Anyways… I should really cook more from my cookbooks too. Your oatmeal looks so good and perfect for fall!

Becca from It's Yummilicious October 15, 2012 - 7:02 pm

I have a HORRIBLE abscessed tooth, so this will be the perfect dinner for me tonight, Erin. Thanks for bringing my stomach happiness while my mouth suffers :)

Tracey October 15, 2012 - 3:10 pm

I’m trying harder to use my cookbooks more often too. There are a couple I use over and over, but some are so neglected. Looks like this oatmeal was a great find for you!


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