Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

This Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is just 214 calories and is perfect for using up leftover cranberry sauce! But if you don’t have any leftover cranberry sauce, I have given you options to make it with dried cranberry sauce too.

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Everything You’ll Need

  • ½ cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1 cup water or almond milk, or fresh orange juice
  • ¼ cup Low Calorie Cranberry Sauce (or leftover cranberry sauce)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Healthy Cranberry Sauce Oatmeal Meal Prep and Storage


Leftover oatmeal is not exactly everyone’s favorite meal. But you can easily salvage your leftover oats if you do have some.
Refrigerate and Re-Heat – Add the cooked oatmeal to a container (or just leave in the pot and cover) and add to the fridge. Will hold for 3 days. To reheat, add 2-3 tablespoons water (or almond milk) and mix well. Add to the stovetop and cook on low for 10 minutes until hot. 
Repurpose – I like to add leftover oats to smoothies! Just add a scoop if cooked oatmeal to your smoothies for a filling boost.

Meal Prep

For meal prepping oatmeal I recommend trying my Low Calorie Overnight Oats. But for those of you who are not a fan of overnight oats, you can still make your own little meal prep oatmeal packets.
Meal Prep Packets – To a sandwich bag or medium container combine the oats, any dry ingredients (protein powder, orange zest, etc.) cover and place in the fridge for the next day. Then all you have to do is dump it into a sauce pan, add the liquid, and get cooking.
Meal Prep the Night Before – Add the dry ingredients (oats, zest, protein powder, etc.) to the sauce pan you plan on cooking the oats in. The next morning all you have to do is add water and cook, then add cranberry sauce.

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Recipe

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

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This Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is the perfect way to use up leftover holiday cranberry sauce! But if you don't have any, you can swap it out for 2 tablespoons dried cranberries and cook them in with the oatmeal and liquid.
I like to zest the orange and then juice it. I add the orange juice to a glass measuring cup and then top off the remaining required liquid with water or almond milk.
Special Tip: You can easily boost the protein by adding in some protein powder with the oatmeal.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 1 serving
Calories 214 kcal



  • In a medium sauce pan add the oatmeal, orange zest, choice of liquid and protein powder (if using).
  • Heat on low heat until the liquid is absorbed (stirring as needed).
  • Once all the liquid is absorbed, about 15-20 minutes total, remove from heat top with cranberry sauce, and serve hot.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 214kcalCarbohydrates: 39.5gProtein: 7.8gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0.7gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgPotassium: 196mgFiber: 7gSugar: 5.5gCalcium: 30mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Healthy Cranberry Orange Oatmeal, Leftover Cranberry Sauce Oatmeal, Low Calorie Cranberry Orange Oatmeal
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