Get this... cranberries are berries.
Of course they are right?
But for some reason... a cranberry has never struck me as a berry. And now that I think about it... I don't k now what I considered them??? 🤔
I do know cranberries get a bad rap because if you're like me... you probably think of the cran-jello in a can during Thanksgiving.
I'm going to show you... cranberries aren't being used to their full potential.
So let's get into it...
Cranberry Jam Ingredients:
3/4 cup cranberries
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 orange, juiced
1 tablespoon orange Zest
1 tablespoon honey
Cranberry Oatmeal Ingredients:
1/2 cup oats
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 serving vanilla protein
1 cup water
2-3 tablespoon cranberry jam
2-3 tablespoon plain, greek yogurt
Optional: Unsalted or lightly salted nuts or your choice
Cranberry Oatmeal Recipe Directions:
Prepare the cranberry jam by mixing all of the jam ingredients in a microwave safe bowl.
Microwave for 40 to 50 seconds. I typically go for 2-3 rounds until berries are popped and jammy, stirring between each microwave round.
Set aside to cool.
If there's extra you don't want to use, keep it in an air tight container in the refrigerator.
In another microwave safe bowl, stir together the oats... chia seeds... and water.
Heat for 70-90 seconds until you get the consistency you want. The longer you heat it... the more it will dry out.
Let chill for 2-3 minutes.
Stir the vanilla protein powder into the oats.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of milk or water if the protein powder made everything a little too dry.
Top your protein oats with 2-3 Tbsp of the cranberry jam, Greek yogurt, and nuts.
You could even make this as a cold overnight oats recipe. Just putting that out there!
Cranberry Oatmeal Nutrition Information:
Quick Recipe Tips:
Extra Berry Jam
You'll have extra jam... so use it on:
Toast (healthy toast)
Mixed into yogurt
Even just eat with a spoon as a little pre-workout glucose dump
Non-Fat Greek Yogurt
I used non-fat Greek yogurt. But you can use whatever you want.
Keep in mind though... your decision will impact the macros and calories I've listed in this post.
Make It Overnight Oats
You can absolutely make this an overnight oat recipe.
Follow the directions above and chill overnight. You can set the jam and nuts... then chill. Or you can wait until the morning to add the jam and nuts. It's up to you!
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