Apple Berry Oatmeal (Porridge) | Warming Winter Breakfast

 

If I had to decide on just one dish that I had to have for breakfast for the rest of my life, it would be this apple berry oatmeal. Frankly, this is actually what I have every single morning these days. While I love to have a refreshing AçaíBowl to start the day with in the summertime, I love having this comforting warm bowl in the winter. It’s very quick and easy to make, plus: it always turns out well.

I really like it when I don’t have to decide what I want to eat when not completely awake yet in the morning. This dish just always tastes amazing, boosts my energy and keeps me full for long. At the same time, it is very versatile. So if I decide I want to change things up every now and then or if I just have other ingredients on hand, no problem!

At the moment this apple berry version is my go-to. Not only is this a great combination, but it’s very convenient, too. Unfortunately there just aren’t a lot of options of fresh (regional) fruit in the winter in Germany. What we do have pretty much year-round? You guessed it – apples! But berries? Well, luckily you can find them all throughout the year in the frozen department.

It’s just a winner!

But wait. Before sharing this awesome recipe I’d like to bring it back to the – in my opinion often underrated – oats for a minute. As I said before, they keep me full for long. That is because oats contain a lot of fiber. They’re also high in minerals, vitamins and protein. A real all-rounder!

All these awesome facts make oats a staple in my pantry. Just like I always have frozen berries in my freezer. Now I’m going to show you why you should, too.

Ingredients for 1 large or 2 small servings

  • ¾ cup rolled oats (100 g)
  • 1 ½ cups liquid (12 oz) (I use 1 cup water and ½ cup almond milk)
  • 1 small-medium sized apple (about 120 g)
  • ½ cup frozen berries (about 120 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: vanilla
  • Optional: sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Place oats and liquid of choice in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat down to low-medium and let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. In the meantime, cut the apple into small cubes.
  2. Add the apple to the oatmeal and cook for another 3 minutes. Finally stir in the frozen berries, cinnamon and vanilla (if using).
  3. ΙTurn off the heat and let it sit for 1-2 minutes until you have a creamy consistency.
  4. Garnish with sliced almonds and serve right away. You could also keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. Simply reheat it or enjoy as a cold snack.

Instructions

Extra advice: If you have a really sweet tooth, this probably won’t be sweet enough for you. I’d recommend adding 1 tbsp of any sweetener like maple syrup or coconut sugar then.

 

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