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Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar


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Oatmeal with Bananas, Walnuts, Cranberries and Brown Sugar

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Oatmeal is one of the healthiest, most satisfying breakfasts around. And this recipe is one of my family's favorite versions. I think the bananas and cranberries add a lot of sweetness to this recipe, so I don't add too much brown sugar. But if you prefer a sweeter taste, feel free to add more sugar.

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4


  • 3-1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/8 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats (quick cooking or regular)
  • 1 medium banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup firmly-packed light brown sugar (or more to taste)


  1. Bring milk and salt to boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add oats. Cook, stirring, over medium heat until most of the milk is absorbed. This will take about 5 minutes for regular oatmeal, about 1 minute for quick-cooking oatmeal.
  3. Spoon the oatmeal into 3-4 serving bowls. Top oatmeal with sliced bananas, walnuts, cranberries and brown sugar. Serve immediately.

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