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Creamy Maple Cranberry Oatmeal

(Family Features) - Start the New Year with a celebration of America's most beloved 100% whole grain, natural rolled oats.  Why?  Because January is Oatmeal Month!  The month when we buy - and eat - the most oatmeal.

Warm up a chilly morning by serving the family a great-tasting bowl of Creamy Maple Cranberry Oatmeal.  Tangy dried cranberries and rich maple-flavored syrup add a new and tasty twist to this breakfast favorite.  Not only does a touch of wheat germ stirred in just before serving add crunch and an extra nutritional boost, it perfectly complements the wholesome nutty flavor of oats making this a dish the whole family will love. 

But taste isn't the only reason Quaker Oats has been a family favorite for more than 130 years - oats are also a good source of fiber.  Research shows people who eat more fiber are more likely to have a healthy weight.*  Since fiber helps slow digestion, people feel full after an oatmeal breakfast and stay satisfied longer.

And remember, old fashioned oats, quick oats, steel cut oats and instant oatmeal are all whole grain oat products.  Because all three parts of the grain remain after milling, they all provide the same nutrients in the same amounts.  The only difference is how the grain is cut, steamed and rolled - and this only affects cooking time and texture.

Think of oatmeal as your blank breakfast canvas and get creative with sweets and spices and flavorful fruits, nuts and crunchies!  For additional recipe ideas and fun facts regarding Oatmeal Month, visit www.quakeroatmeal.com.

* Comparison of body mass index (BMI) and serum cholesterol concentration by quartiles of dietary fiber consumption in adults: the third National Health and Nutrition Survey (NHANES III, 1988-94). Obes Res 2000; 8:106S (abstr).

Creamy Maple Cranberry Oatmeal

Description
Warm up a chilly morning by serving the family a great-tasting bowl of Creamy Maple Cranberry Oatmeal. Tangy dried cranberries and rich maple-flavored syrup add a new and tasty twist to this breakfast favorite.

Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 cups skim or lowfat milk
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/3 cup maple-flavored syrup, regular or light
  • 2 cups Quaker Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ

Preparation
    1. In medium saucepan, bring milk and salt to a gentle boil. (Watch carefully.) Stir in oats, cranberries and maple syrup. Return to a boil; reduce heat to medium. Cook 1 minute for quick oats, 5 minutes for old fashioned oats or until most of milk is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Let stand until desired consistency. Stir in wheat germ.
    2. Spoon oatmeal into four cereal bowls. Drizzle with additional syrup, if desired. Serve with milk or yogurt, if desired.

Calories: 360g     Total Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 5mg     Protein: 15g
Carbohydrates: 70g     Sodium: 90mg

Serves
Makes 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Microwave Directions: In 3-quart microwaveable bowl, combine all ingredients except wheat germ. Microwave on HIGH 6 to 7 minutes for quick oats and 9 to 10 minutes for old fashioned oats or until most of liquid is absorbed. Let stand until desired consistency. Stir in wheat germ.

SOURCE: Quaker Oats



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