This mixed berry porridge is a comforting and warming breakfast for those colder mornings of the year. It uses fresh berries and pantry staples to make a fun and flavourful breakfast all the family will enjoy.
Porridge is such a cosy breakfast and definitely a staple in my home. I mean, we get through a lot of oats each week! You may also like to see my apple pie porridge, which is perfectly sweet, my carrot cake porridge to get some healthy veggies in, or my blackberry quinoa porridge that swaps out oats for quinoa for a little twist on regular porridge.
This blackberry and blueberry porridge (or berry oatmeal as it's also known!) is so easy to make. It really is just a case of adding the ingredients to a pan and then giving it a stir. Perfect for a busy weekday morning breakfast, and can be for adults or as a baby porridge too!
Why this recipe is so good
Fun and fruity. This berry oatmeal is packed with fruit, making it both healthy and flavourful. Kids will love it too!
Versatile. Don't have fresh berries to hand? Simply head to the freezer and make a porridge with frozen berries!
Easy to make. A very simple recipe, that just requires a little stirring. No complicated steps!
You just need a few, and mostly pantry or freezer staples, for this porridge. A few pointers on a couple of them:
- Oats: use gluten free if required. I suggest using rolled oats for a more filling porridge, rather than the fine oats that are more like a powder in consistency.
- Fresh fruit: or frozen if you prefer, of the berries you like best.
- Non-dairy milk: use the type that suits you best.
Variations on the recipe
As noted above, you can easily use frozen berries for this oatmeal if you don't have fresh to hand.
While I think blueberries and blackberries work best for this recipe, you can always use other berries that are suitable for you too.
The milk used is to choice. The type used will slightly change the taste, but all will be good!
Some ideas for porridge toppings
Who's with me when I say that the toppings are the best bit of a porridge breakfast?! This berry porridge recipe adds desiccated coconut and my all-time favourite Clarks maple syrup, but there are lots of other options.
Some fun (and healthy!) ideas:
It's so easy to make this recipe gluten-free, simply make sure that you order oats that are certified to be compliant with that dietary requirement. The Bob's Red Mill gluten-free old fashioned rolled oats are a great option.
Step by step instructions
A very simple and quick to make recipe for your warming breakfast:
Add all the ingredients to a saucepan, reserving a few berries and a little coconut to sprinkle on top.
Bring the porridge to a very light simmer and stir occasionally to help it get creamy and so the berries break down. After all, a pink porridge is so pretty!
Spoon into your bowl and top with extra berries, desiccated coconut and a little drizzle of maple syrup if you like.
- Porridge is best when it's creamy don't you think? If so, make sure to stir it occasionally so that it has that smooth texture.
- Adjust the amount of milk to preference. Some of us like a more 'loose' porridge, others quite thick.
- Swap out the berries to those you prefer, if blackberries or blueberries aren't your favourite.
More porridge and oatmeal recipes to enjoy
- Add all the ingredients to a pan (leave a few berries and some of the desiccated coconut aside to use as toppings) and bring to a very low simmer. Stir frequently for 8-10 minutes until creamy.
- Spoon into your bowls, and add on some extra berries and the desiccated coconut. Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Stir quite frequently for a more creamy consistency.
- Of course, there is always debate over how thick everyone likes their porridge to be! Adjust the amount of milk you use depending upon personal preference.
- If you prefer, you can do half milk and half water. Or all water.
- cinnamon scores 0 on the SIGHI list, but some histamine lists rate it as higher.
- non-dairy milks have variable scores on the SIGHI list.