To a small sauce pan over medium heat, bring 1/4 C of water, sugars, spices and cranberries to a boil.
Cook until cranberries begin to burst and the mixture thickens.
In a medium sauce pan, add 2 C of water and bring to a boil.
Add the oats and a pinch of salt and reduce heat to a simmer.
Cook approximately 5-8 minutes.
Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract.
Fold cranberry mixture into oatmeal.
Top with toasted walnuts.
Optional toppings: brown sugar or a drizzle of maple syrup