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Weight Watchers Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia

Posted Jan 14 2013 9:00am

Cream of Wheat Fruit Ambrosia

Here’a another vintage weight watchers breakfast recipe, this one from the  Weight Watchers’ 365-Day Menu Cookbook  published in 1981. (I love old cookbooks and Weight Watchers cookbooks are no exception. While some of the recipes seem dated and unappealing, I always end up finding a few treasures hidden within their pages, like this one for cottage cheese danish .)

This simple breakfast cereal recipe caught my eye, probably because of its tasty title – “Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia” sounds so sweet and satisfying.

Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia

It’s basically cream of wheat cooked with nonfat milk, to which you add fruit cocktail juice, sweetener, and a little ground cinnamon and ginger. (The original recipe calls for artificial sweetener, but I’m not a big fan, so substituted a little maple syrup instead. Use what you like and adjust the PointsPlus accordingly. For example my 2-3 teaspoons of maple syrup has 1 PointsPlus so my breakfast would be 6 instead of 5.)

You place the cereal on top of a serving of fruit cocktail and then sprinkle it with a little shredded coconut. In addition to sounding yummy, it seemed like the perfect way to use up the toasted coconut I had left after making this citrus pomegranate fruit salad .

Fruit Cocktail

Fruit Cocktail

This Weight Watchers Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia is a warm, satisfying way to begin the day on a cool fall or winter morning. And it helps me meet this month’s Weight Watchers routine to incorporate fruits and/or veggies at every meal and snack.

To save time during the week you could always make a big batch of cream of wheat on Sunday and store it in the fridge to rewarm during busy weekday mornings .

Do you have a favorite breakfast cereal recipe that incorporates a serving or two of fruit? I’d love for you to tell us about it!


Weight Watchers Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia

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An easy, healthy and delicious way to begin your day
Recipe type: Cereal, Breakfast
Serves: 2

  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1-1/2 ounces uncooked cream of wheat cereal
  • 1 cup canned fruit cocktail, in fruit juice (no sugar added), drained
  • Sweetener of choice (if desired)
  • Dash ground ginger
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons shredded coconut, toasted

  1. Pour the milk into the top of a double boiler. Place over boiling water and cook until hot. Slowly stir in the cereal and cook until thickened, 3 to 5 minutes. (I was able to skip the double boiler and cook over low heat in a heavy bottomed saucepan.)
  2. Remove from the heat and drain juice from the fruit cocktail into the cereal. Add sweetener, ginger and cinnamon and stir to combine.
  3. Place half of the fruit cocktail into the bottom of each of two small cereal bowls and then spoon the cereal over each, dividing evenly. Top each with a teaspoon of toasted coconut.

Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/2): 218 calories, 1 g fat, 41 g carbs, 2.6 g fiber, 11 g protein and 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus value (without sweetener – adjust for addition of sweetener.)



More Weight Watchers Friendly Cereal Breakfasts

Baked Oatmeal Recipes
Soaked Oatmeal
Healthy Homemade Maple Granola

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