Baked Cranberry Oats

It’s not the holidays without a baked treat made with cranberries and luckily, these ruby red fruits are filled with goodness. Cranberries are high in antioxidants, contain natural fiber, and are low in natural sugars when used fresh (not dried). Tart and tangy cranberries mixed with naturally sweet and hearty oats, orange zest, real maple syrup, and other ingredients create this delightful Baked Cranberry Oats dish for you to enjoy at your holiday table.

Cultured Dairy: The Nutrition Benefits You Need to Know

With increasing research linking the correlation between probiotics, gut health, and immunity, it’s no secret that the integrity of our gut is vital to our health. Although additional factors such as stress, antibiotic usage, and individual health conditions can contribute to the condition of our gut, a focus on healthy food choices is one of the easiest ways to support the microbiome.

Several studies have shown a strong association between the gut-brain-microbiota. Probiotics introduced to the gut have been found to support immunityimprove allergies, and improve digestion.

Studies have shown that reduced diversity of healthy gut bacteria during early years is associated with increased food allergies during school-age years. In addition, kefir made from whole milk helps absorb key nutrients such as Vitamins A, D, E, and K. Vitamin K is important because it helps your bones absorb calcium. It’s important to know that kefir contains a special trio: vitamin D, K, and calcium – all three crucial elements to support bone health.

Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You

Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest prebiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming various prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.

Prep Time: 25 mins Servings: 6-8


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a 9x9 baking dish, spray with cooking spray or coat with olive oil.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and pecans. In a separate bowl, whisk together the 1 3/4 cup Lifeway Kefir, maple syrup, flax seed, orange zest, and vanilla extract.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Cut in the cranberries and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the 2 tbsp Lifeway Plain Oat, powdered sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. Drizzle over the baked oats and enjoy!