Blueberry oatmeal is quick and extraordinarily delicious! Impress everyone with this bright, berry-flavored breakfast recipe.
Sometimes a recipe comes along that’s so simple and tasty, we just cannot wait to share it with you. Such is the case with this Blueberry Oatmeal! This pot of oats has an irresistible sweet berry flavor that’s nuanced with cinnamon, allspice and a hint of vanilla. Even better is the color: the brilliant-purple hue makes it that much more fun to eat your breakfast. Our 6-year old absolutely adores this: and so do we! Here’s how to make this easy breakfast recipe.
Ingredients in blueberry oatmeal
Sure, you can buy blueberry oatmeal at the store: but it has that artificial berry flavor that’s somehow just not quite right. Homemade blueberry oatmeal is where it’s at! It tastes deliciously fresh, with cozy spices and vanilla to round out the flavor. Here’s what you’ll need to make it at home:
Yes! Frozen berries work perfectly here, because you want them to break down and cook into the oatmeal. Frozen blueberries tend to bleed into the batter of baked goods, which is not great for blueberry muffins or blueberry bread that you don’t want to turn purple in color!
Since you do want purple blueberry oatmeal, it’s the perfect place to use frozen berries! You do not need to thaw them before using: the heat of the pan will defrost them quickly.
How to make blueberry oatmeal
This method for blueberry oatmeal makes a pot of oats with a slightly chewy and thick texture. It’s a little different from your standard bowl of creamy oats: and a lot more delicious! Here’s how to make the best pot of blueberry oatmeal:
Toast the oats in butter or coconut oil until fragrant. It takes just a minute or two, but it makes a big difference in flavor.
Add liquid and stir! You’ll want to keep stirring throughout the cook time.
Smash the blueberries with the back of a spoon as you go. The more berries you smash, the brighter the color of the oats becomes.
Variation: baked oatmeal
This recipe is a quick and easy version for weekday mornings. But want to make a baked version with the same flavors? Try Blueberry Baked Oatmeal! It’s also packed with flavor and a great way to enjoy blueberries for breakfast.
Toppings for blueberry oatmeal
Last up: the toppings! It’s essential to drizzle pure maple syrup over the top of this blueberry oatmeal: it adds just the right pop of sweetness. Otherwise, it’s up to you! Here are a few ideas for the toppings:
For topping: maple syrup, fresh blueberries, sliced almonds, milk
Melt the butter or coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the oats and toast for about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often, until fragrant.
Turn the heat to low and carefully pour in the water, milk, blueberries, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and vanilla extract, stirring. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 to 7 minutes until thickened and the oats are tender, smashing the blueberries with the back of a large spoon as you stir. (Try to smash the majority of the berries to give the oatmeal its purple color.)
Remove from the heat. Top with desired toppings and serve.
*Frozen blueberries can tend to bleed their color, which is not desirable for baked goods. But since you do want purple blueberry oatmeal, it’s the perfect place to use frozen berries! You do not need to thaw them before using: the heat of the pan will defrost them quickly.
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