Purple Berry Oatmeal

by Antonia on January 27, 2012

I recently wrote about how amazed I was by the beautiful color of Marla’s Blueberry-Coconut Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal and that it inspired me to be more creative in the kitchen and have fun experimenting with fresh produce. I have since then actually tried out the original recipe from Family Fresh Cooking and have created a new breakfast favorite, that I perfected this morning. The color of this absolutely creamy and perfect steaming “bowl” of oatmeal is natural, believe it or not. No added food coloring, just a couple of blueberries, that happened to turn my oatmeal purple.

I used my basic oatmeal recipe but added a handful or two of blueberries to a little water, let it simmer until the blueberries were ready to be popped and then continued preparing the oatmeal as usual. It didn’t really need that much sweetener because I really wanted the flavor of the antioxidant-packed blueberries to come through.

Purple Berry Oatmeal

serves 1

You will need:

  • 1-2 handful blueberries, washed
  • 1/2 cup + a little more of water
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • optional: 1/2 banana
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • sweetener of your choice
  1. Heat up a little water (you really don’t need that much) in a saucepan and add the blueberries. Cover up and wait for berries to heat up. Pop them carefully using a spatula and the stir until the “sauce” has a purple color, and smooth consistency.
  2. Then add the oats, 1/2 cup water, the almond milk and if desired the banana. Combine everything by stirring and turn to medium heat. Add chia seeds and vanilla extract and any sweetener you like.
  3. Wait until the oatmeal thickens and serve immediately.

Because we are already talking about breakfast and blueberries I’ll share my oatmeal bake with you. Not quite a beautiful as Marla’s, but it was delicious. Because the baking time was about 30 minutes I pre-baked it the night before and heated it up the oven just before having breakfast the next morning and served it on top of some Greek yoghurt.

This was such a delicious change from my usual breakfast, which usually consists of overnight oats or the regular bowl of oatmeal. You can find the original recipe here.

I think purple is my new favorite color!

Have a fantastic weekend!

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marla January 27, 2012 at 7:52 pm

YAY!! Hi Antonia….You are amazing. Love that you have a new breakfast favorite. How great did your photos turn out?! Isn’t this purple blueberry oatmeal the most FUN thing to photograph ever!! Thanks for sharing your success and great energy with me :) xo

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Antonia January 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Hi Marla! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I’m a huge fan of your work and your health philosophy and get excited whenever I find a new delicious looking recipe on your site. I only started learning about photography when I started blogging but through blogs like yours I learn new things about food styling and photography every day.

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