Creamy Oats with Mandarin & Macadamia

This article is brought to you by 5+ A Day Charitable Trust.

Autumn has taken hold across the country and as the mornings become cooler, it’s time to change up your breakfast routine with the new season’s fresh fruit. Greet each day with optimism and a healthy bowl of natural, New Zealand grown goodness.

Our health and well-being has never been more important and the team at 5+ A Day is urging New Zealanders to incorporate more fresh fruit and vegetables into their daily routines to increase immunity and keep themselves protected from the inside out, particularly through the cooler months to come. Small changes each day can deliver big health benefits.

5+ A Day Charitable Trust General Manager Paula Dudley says “seasonal produce such as apples, pears, feijoas, mandarins and persimmons are at their absolute best during autumn. So, we’re encouraging people to look in their fruit bowl each morning and see what new breakfast ideas they can come up with in order to boost their overall daily intake.”

See below for 5+ A Day’s Creamy Oats with Mandarin & Macadamia:


Serves 2. Cooking time 5 – 10 minutes.

Zest of 1 mandarin

1 cup porridge oats

1 ½ cup water

½ cup milk (of your choice)

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of salt


2 mandarins, peeled, split into segments

¼ cup macadamia nuts and/or pecans (use nuts or seeds of choice)


In a small saucepan, stir together mandarin zest, oats, water, milk, vanilla extract and salt.

Bring to a simmer and cook over a medium heat for a few minutes until the oats are thick and creamy, stirring occasionally.

While the oats are cooking, gently toast the macadamia nuts by rolling them around a heated fry pan until lightly golden.

Spoon the oats into bowls, top with mandarin segments and nuts.

The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust was established in 2007 for the benefit of all Kiwis, especially children. The Trust is committed to increasing the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables for better health in all New Zealanders. We encourage all Kiwis to eat five or more servings of colourful, fresh fruit and vegetables every day for good health. Our key messages are in line with our Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation’s recommendations. The 5+ A Day Charitable Trust is funded by voluntary contributions from New Zealand’s pan produce industry.

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