Breakfast Oats with Dates & Marmalade

Wednesday 2 March 2016

 photo DSCN5489_zps7ghimat7.jpg

I confess we are breakfast oat lovers in this house.  They are the perfect way to begin any day . . .  wholesome . . .  toothsome . . .  delicious, and hearty!  And oats are good for the heart!  (and soul I might add!)

 photo DSCN5490_zpsqqco0lms.jpg

This is day four of my Marmalade Challenge for National Marmalade Week and I think I hit the ball out of the park on this one because this is fabulously delicious!

 photo DSCN5491_zpsrbym1wpl.jpg

I have always loved dressing up my oats with things . . .  sometimes it is just a spoonful of maple syrup or a sprinkle of maple sugar . . .  other times I add dried cherries or cranberries or blueberries . . .  or, yes  . . .  everything!

  photo DSCN5492_zpsofcuzzco.jpg

Today I added chopped dates and some marmalade, but not just any marmalade . . . Mackays Pink Grapefruit Marmalade . . .  because it's breakfast and well . . .  breakfast and grapefruit just go together like peas and carrots!

 photo DSCN5493_zpshipjilzg.jpg

A dollop of marmalade went into the pot with the oats and dates when I was cooking them, and another dollop was swirled on top with some cream when I was eating them, and yes  . . . THEY WERE FABULOUS!

  photo DSCN5495_zpsmq0tx7ne.jpg

I am so grateful for this marmalade challenge because if I hadn't partaken of it . . .  I would never have discovered another delicious way to enjoy my breakfast oats!

 photo DSCN5494_zpsbt9fxyfp.jpg

*Breakfast Oats with Dates and Marmalade*
Serves 4
A hearty and delicious way to begin your day!

160g of old fashioned oats, uncooked (2 cups)
760ml of a mix of milk and water ((3 1/4 cups)
pinch salt
1 dessertspoon of good quality marmalade
75g of chopped dates (1/2 cup)
To serve:
Marmalade to spoon over top
single cream for pouring

 photo DSCN5496_zps7u4wwliu.jpg

In a medium saucepan bring the water/milk and salt to boiling. Stir in the rolled oats, dates and marmalade. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from the heat.  Divide between four bowls.  Top each serving with a spoonful of marmalade and a drizzle of cream.

 photo DSCN5497_zpscezlbj0g.jpg

I admit that the cream is a bit of an indulgence, but what the hey!  I've been really sick and I needed a bit of an indulgence.  ☺

  photo DSCN54891_zpsm6uyev95.jpg

National Marmalade Week runs from 28th Feb - 6th March 2016. National Marmalade Week is organised by the World Marmalade Awards at Dalemain, Penrith. The Awards will take place from 19th-21st March with the main sponsors being Mackays, Fortnum & Mason and Paddington Bear.

Mackays are a family run business that has stayed true to its values of producing small authentic batches for a quality homemade taste. Their soft fruits are sourced from the best local Scottish fruit farms and our bitter marmalade oranges come from the famous Seville region in Spain.

To find out more do check out their website.
Follow them on Facebook
Follow them on Twitter
Follow them on Pinterest
Follow them on Instagram


  1. I thought we were going to be hearing a little more about diabetic-friendly recipes. :)

    1. We are Jane. I have a husband who is not a diabetic however, and I don't punish him for my misdeeds.

  2. Quinoa and you..

    Porridge and me:)
    LOL you get it!

  3. Looks delicious! Thanks for be a generous recipe sharer!

  4. Have you ever wondered who is the person or the "powers that be" who determine things like National Marmalade Day" or National Pi Day or National Donut Week, etc.? I guess we actually are different "nationals" and these days might possibly be different for us but this same thought is in my mind whether its US or UK. WHO actually designates this stuff? There isn't a single food or almost anything else out there that you can't find a day or a week or in some cases, even a full month for in today's world. I'd love to find out if there exist a calendar that list all of these "national" days for all of the stuff people are always saying it is. If not, now THERE is a business opportunity because I can't be the only person who would find this interesting and when it comes to food, well I see restaurants, supermarkets, and all sorts of food related entities being able to utilize something like this, especially schools. Now back to the marmalade, I've never cared for the stuff but I wonder in an application like this I might like it better. Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa does a show where she makes orange marmalade from scratch. I may give this a try and it might be something your readers may like too. I think orange marmalade is more popular in the UK than it is in the US. Oh people use it here, but you just never see much about it.

    1. Fi have indeed wondered these things Pamela! I thin the food industry themselves have a lot to do with it. Marmalade is a big thing over here and graces many a breakfast table. I personally love the stuff,but because I am now a diabetic am not able to truly indulge! Xo


Thanks for stopping by. I love to hear from you so do not be shy!

Did you make the recipe as directed? Recipe results are not guaranteed when changes have been made.

Is this comment helpful to other readers? Rude or hateful comments will not be approved. Remember that this website is run by a real person.

Are you here to complain about ads? Please keep in mind that I develop these recipes and provide them to you for free. Advertising helps to defray my cost of doing so, and allows me to continue to post regular fresh content.

Thanks so much for your understanding! I appreciate you!