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At 90 seconds cooking time (1000 Watts)this was just getting hot, nowhere near cooking. I put it back in the microwave and cooked another minute or so. It was a big thick mass of sticky dry goo. I gave it two stars since It wasn't so bad that I needed to throw it out. But it was far from delicious. I tried adding a dash of salt, a bit of butter, another splash of milk. They all made it a bit better, but not yummy. The vanilla didn't seem to add any flavor either. I love dried cherries in my oatmeal - thought this would be a quicker version.... but I'll stick with my stove top. Sorry.

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Don't Call Me Martha May 19, 2009

I really loved this one, instead of dried cherries I used some leftover canned cherries, left out the sweetner but served with a dollop of vanilla yoghurt. Mmm good!

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**Mandy** October 12, 2007

I mixed everything together except for the sweetener and since I like my oats creamy, added a 1/2 cup of water in addition to the milk. I nuked it on high for 90 seconds only to find it was not cooked at all so I put it back for 6 more minutes (I normally do microwave oatmeal for 8 minutes.) After that it was nice and creamy, just how I like it. I topped it with a sprinkle of demerara sugar and added more milk. 90 seconds is definitely not enough cooking time, even in the microwave. I will definitely make this again as I love the taste of cherries and vanilla; it just needs more time to cook.

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Irmgard May 13, 2006

A friend of mine sends a box of food treats every Christmas and the last one included a bag of dried cherries that I couldn't decide how to use. This was pretty yummy. I used a generous shake of splenda for the sweetner because I really like it sweet and put a dollop of fat free coolwhip on top for the "decadent" factor. (It makes me feel like I'm eating something sinful like a donut. Well, not really, but it feels closer then without!) For my taste it was too dry so I think next time I'll use more milk, like 3/4 of a cup. From my calculations, as written, this is 4 WW points. Also, I added the vanilla in with everything when cooking it as directed and I couldn't taste the vanilla at all. Next time I'll add it after it is cooked. Yummy oatmeal base though. Thanks!

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ladypit March 07, 2006

You are the Queen of Oatmeal! Hail to the Queen! This was so creamy and delicious! I did make a few minor changes though. I only use quick oats in baking, for this recipe I used old fashioned oats. I placed about 1 cup milk (old fashioned oats require more liquid), the oats, tart cherries in a pan and brought to an almost boil. Then I reduced the heat and simmered, partially covered until thick, about 6-8 minutes. Just before serving, stirred in the vanilla extract and sweetened with about 1 tablespoon of cane sugar. Yum! Thanks for sharing. cg ;)

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COOKGIRl March 03, 2006

I eat oatmeal every morning and decided to try this recipe for a change. It was too gummy tasting for me, and the dried cherries didn't flavor it enough.

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Julie F March 03, 2006
Cherry Vanilla Oatmeal