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Cherry and Tangerine Oatmeal

It’s funny how I’d consider this recipe for Cherry and Tangerine Oatmeal to be one of my favorite breakfast recipes, but the recipe hasn’t yet made it onto my blog after a year of blogging. And I think I’ve only had it once the past year. I guess that happens sometimes when you love trying and creating new recipes, but it’s fun to remember old favorites and get them back into the rotation.

This recipe was my first introduction to steel cut oats. They’re much more textured than regular oatmeal and have a bit of a crunch. I always love breakfast recipes that almost taste too good to be breakfast, but are really good for you, and these oats are another one of those kind of recipes. My only problem is remembering to mix it up the night before. Last night, that’s all I could remember. I went downstairs to grab a prescription I had just picked up, but while down there I saw this recipe sitting out on the counter. I decided I’d throw it together really quick while I had a minute. After cleaning up, I went back upstairs wondering why I had originally gone downstairs in the first place. This morning I was so glad I had gotten sidetracked from my original task just long enough to do the prep work for this delicious Cherry and Tangerine Oatmeal. I can’t promise that it’s this recipe, but I’ve been feeling energetic and full of positivity all day. I’m convinced that starting the morning with a fabulous breakfast is a contributing factor.


Cherry Tangerine Oatmeal

Cherry and Tangerine Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 8 hours
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

This is the perfect make-ahead breakfast. The steel-cut oats need to soak to give you the best texture when you cook them the following morning.


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2 tsp finely shredded tangerine peel or orange peel
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • Milk (optional)
  • 4 tsp raw sugar (turbinado) or granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup almonds, toasted and chopped


  1. In a nonmetal bowl combine oats, cherries, tangerine peel, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and vanilla. Stir in milk; cover and chill for 8 to 24 hours.
  2. To serve, transfer oatmeal mixture to a medium saucepan. Heat just to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes or until oatmeal is done, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir in butter until melted. If desired, add additional milk to make desired consistency. Spoon into 4 bowls; sprinkle with sugar and nuts. Serve with additional milk, if desired.


adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 387Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 30mgSodium 258mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 6gSugar 8gProtein 14g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Rachel J.

Tuesday 4th of June 2013

After making this for the last 3 years- I thought I would let you know this is my FAVORITE way to eat steel cut oats! I think it deserves a shout out.


Saturday 13th of August 2011

My first attempt at steel cut oatmeal . . . It was delicious. I don't know if I'll ever make it another way! Ok, I'll try the apple pie recipe next.


Wednesday 14th of July 2010

Yummy! Mixed it last night and ate this morning. Everyone in my family loved it. Was skeptical that it would cook up that fast, but it did! We will be making this again and might try it with Craisins in the future, too.


Wednesday 14th of July 2010

It's in the fridge now! Can't wait to try it in the morning. Just used orange zest, since it's summer and I don't think we'd find a tangerine. It'll be something hearty to eat, in the morning, before we head out to the farmer's market.


Thursday 11th of March 2010

love this! bookmarking it so i have it handy for next year's tangerine harvest. always looking for ways to get all the antioxidants in the tangerine peel into my body and not the trash! if you'd like me to link this to my what to do with whole orange puree post let me know.

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