Creamy Cherry-Walnut Oatmeal

Creamy Cherry-Walnut Oatmeal

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From the EatingWell Kitchen

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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  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon toasted chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons raw cane sugar, such as turbinado
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest


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  1. 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.
  • Overnight oats variation: Combine ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats with ½ 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 ⅓ 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 information

  • Serving size: 1⅓ cups
  • Per serving: 299 calories; 11 g fat(3 g sat); 5 g fiber; 44 g carbohydrates; 8 g protein; 29 mcg folate; 10 mg cholesterol; 15 g sugars; 9 g added sugars; 405 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 33 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 200 mg sodium; 204 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 2 starch, ½ fruit, ½ other carbohydrate, 1½ fat

Reviews 1

October 13, 2016
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By: rlocati1
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.
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