WW Recipe of the Day: Cream of Wheat Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia
(218 calories | *6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints)
This Weight Watchers cereal with spiced fruit ambrosia is 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.
The Skinny on Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia
This simple Weight Watchers 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 non-fat milk, to which you add fruit cocktail juice, sweetener, and a little ground cinnamon and ginger. To keep this dairy-free and vegan-friendly, you could also substitute your favorite non-dairy milk, like coconut milk or almond milk beverage.
The original recipe calls for artificial sweetener, but I'm not a big fan, so substituted a little maple syrup instead. Use whatever sweetener you like best and adjust the Points accordingly.
For example, my 2-3 teaspoons of maple syrup has *2 Points, so my breakfast would be *8 WW Freestyle SmartPoints instead of *6.
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!
According to my calculations, each serving has 218 calories, *5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *6 WW Freestyle SmartPoints (when made with skim milk).
If you were to substitute unsweetened almond milk for the skim milk, each serving becomes *4 WW Freestyle SmartPoints. Enjoy!
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WW Cream of Wheat Cereal with Spiced Fruit Ambrosia Recipe
- 2 cups skim milk
- 1-½ 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.
Recipe source: Weight Watchers' 365-Day Menu Cookbook
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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