A bowl of oatmeal with raisins and nuts
November 15, 2023
A bowl of oatmeal with raisins and nuts

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Cinnamon, Nuts, Oats, Red berries

Serves: 3-4

Dress up those morning oats with cinnamon, almonds, and cherries, and start your day with a wealth of brain-boosting compounds!

You can substitute dried blueberries or cranberries for the tart cherries.


  • 3 1/2 cups lowfat or nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups oats (not quick oats)
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds
  • maple syrup or honey to serve


  1. Heat milk and cinnamon in a saucepan just until boiling. Add oats and cook, stirring, over medium heat until it reaches the desired consistency, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add cherries to pot and stir in. Turn off heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove to serving bowls. Sprinkle with almonds. Serve with a drizzle of maple syrup or honey, if desired.
  4. To add more lean protein to the meal, you can also garnish with a dollop of lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt.