Cream cheese, dried cherries and lemon zest give this healthy oatmeal recipe cheesecake-like flavor. Short on time in the morning? Try our overnight oatmeal variation.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring water and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Stir in oats, reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 2 to 3 minutes. Top with cream cheese, cherries, walnuts, sugar and lemon zest.

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Tips

Overnight oats variation: Combine 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats with 1/2 cup water and a pinch of salt in a jar or bowl. Cover and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, add toppings. Eat cold or heat up. Makes about 1 cup.

Steel-cut oats variation: Bring 1 cup water and a pinch of salt to a boil in a small saucepan. Add 1/3 cup steel-cut oats, reduce heat to a bare simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 2 to 3 minutes. Add toppings. Makes about 1 cup.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use oats that are labeled “gluten-free,” as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

299 calories; 11 g total fat; 2.8 g saturated fat; 10 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium. 204 mg potassium; 44.1 g carbohydrates; 5 g fiber; 15 g sugar; 7.8 g protein; 405 IU vitamin a iu; 1 mg vitamin c; 29 mcg folate; 33 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 124 mg magnesium; 9 g added sugar;

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10/13/2016
This is a wonderful combination. I used fat free cream cheese and it was great. Didn't even add the sugar and didn't miss it. Read More