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Comforting Gluten-free Cran-Apple oatmeal #Cbias #EqualCanada

February 26, 2012

I was looking forward to having a nice weekend to myself as my husband and daughter were going to go skiing up north.  Unfortunately, plans changed and I no longer had the weekend to myself.  Before the plans had changed I had decided I was going to try the Recipe for Cran Apple Oatmeal on the Equal site. I love oatmeal – it is my comfort food, and I was really looking forward to having some, for whatever meal I wanted!  And I still wanted my comfort food even if it wasn’t going to be a me weekend.

I had to make a trip out to Walmart to purchase some Equal (it was on rollback) and  I was on the hunt to find the yellow canister to use in the recipe.  I thought that while I was there, I might look to see what the specials were for the week and see what items I could purchase on sale.

It was a little busy in Walmart since it was a Saturday, but I grabbed my cart and headed off to the food section.  I tried to find the Equal in the baking section but couldn’t find it there.  I remembered that some people had mentioned they found it in the pharmacy section.  I headed over there and found some up high on a shelf –but didn’t see prices or any other Equal sizes. I looked around a little more and found it along with other sweeteners on a lower shelf – and it was on rollback at 7.97 – great for me!


Found it way up top at first ...


Finally found it with the other sweeteners!

My now teen DD has been asking to have her room redone so that it reflects her new teendom. I thought I would take a look and see if they had some nice bedding sets that would work with her purple walls – we just painted a cpl of years ago and I didn’t want o repaint.  There was a nice variety but I found these really eye-catching. I snapped some pics to show here the pattern – I am hoping she likes them.


I think DD will like this color combination!


I gathered up everything and headed towards checkout, it was a little busy but was through the line in a snap.

After sleeping in a little, I was looking forward to having my oatmeal. There is nothing better (in my opinion) than an amazing bowl of oatmeal first thing in the morning! Luckily, oatmeal is naturally Gluten free but it can have traces of gluten from processing so I buy the gluten free oats.


This recipe is very quick and easy, and nutritious! It is loaded with fibre and protein, perfect start to the day!

It was so good, big hit with the family!

gathering up all the ingredients


Cran-Apple Oatmeal

Found on the Equal Website here


  • 2 cups 2% or skim milk
    1/3 cup dried cranberries
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 cup old-fashioned or quick oats, uncooked ( I used gluten free oats)
    3/4 cup chopped apple
    2 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful or Granulated*
    2 tablespoons chopped pecans (optional) [I used Almonds]
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    * May substitute 3 packets Equal sweetener
Stirring in the final ingredients


  • Combine milk, cranberries, cinnamon and salt in medium saucepan. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Add oats and apple. Simmer, uncovered 5 to 6 minutes for old-fashioned (1 to 2 minutes for quick), stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in Equal®, nuts and vanilla.


Oh yum!!!


To learn more about Equal,  please check out the following links:


Please check out my #EqualCanada shop  Google+ story with even more photos!


This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions are 100% my own


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  1. I’ve been reading up on how many eloppe might not be able to tolerate pure uncontaminated gluten-free oats. It seems that most researchers agree that it’s about 5% of eloppe with celiac who will react to them. They are of course, not reacting to gluten since gluten-free oats are gluten-free, period. I can’t imagine not enjoying my oatmeal raisin cookies or oatmeal for breakfast on cold mornings and I can see on lab results that eating oats has affected my cholesterol in a very good way! Thanks to the companies taking on the challenge of producing safe gluten-free oats for those of us that can enjoy them!

    1. Enis, thanks for commenting – yes, when someone reacts to the GF oats, they are not reacting to gluten, unless it has been contaminated. Oats apparently contain avenin and some people react to that.

      I love oats, I also make a really easy granola that my daughter loves! It is a great way to start off the day! 🙂

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