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
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!