January 4, 2014

Old World Cereal with Cinnamon, Vanilla and Walnuts / Dried Fruit

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4 servings
Adapted from Culinary Institute of American – IA Healthy Cooking cookbook Dover Point Gourmet-Private Chefs – Chef Peter Witt


  • 3 cups water or skim milk
  • 1 cup Old World Cereal from Bluebird Grain Farms
  • 1/2 cup fruit see notes dried fruits
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 ounces walnuts chopped


  • Bring the milk or water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Gradually add the old world cereal, stirring constantly. Simmer them, stirring frequently, until thickened, about 15- 20 minutes, depending on how hot the boiling water is to start the process.
  • Stir the salt, fruits, cinnamon/vanilla extract into the cereal and simmer until the cereal has absorbed the liquid up to an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve in heated bowls and drizzle 3/4 teaspoon of honey on each portion and add 1 ounce of walnuts to each bowl.
  • Notes: A great alternative to Quaker Oats and Steel Cut Oats the spices add a new dimension to hot cereal without adding calories.
    Portion information: 3 1/4 ounces or 90 grams
    Steel cut oats, scotch oats or irish oatmeal are all names for groats that have been cut into 2-3 pieces and not rolled. They take longer to cook than rolled oats and have a chewy texture.
    Use a variety of dried fruits such as cherries, blueberries, currants, cranberries, apricots, dates, figs, raisins, or prunes