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.
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 .
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
An easy, healthy and delicious way to begin your day
Author: Simple Nourished Living
Recipe type: Cereal, Breakfast
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
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.)
Remove from the heat and drain juice from the fruit cocktail into the cereal. Add sweetener, ginger and cinnamon and stir to combine.
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.)