Comforting and creamy oats that are bursting with berries are what you need to ease yourself in to healthier meals. If you are looking to make some healthy changes today, then breakfast is a good place to start. Breakfast doesn’t get much more colourful than this, and these Mixed Berry Oats are a healthy, delicious and a berry-packed way to start the day.
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Happy New Year everyone! Yesterday didn’t really count as the first day of the new year, as it was the hangover from New Year’s Eve (literally for some). But today is the first day back at work for many and the first day back to “normal” eating. That means no more chocolate at 10am and cheeseboards for lunch for us. Yesterday we shared 100 ways you can be healthier and happier this year, but this is our first recipe of 2018.
I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning craving some fruit and something colourful. I think the closest I got to fruit over the festive season was a Terry’s Chocolate Orange or cranberry sauce! No shame or guilt in it, but I am ready for a change and something with a vitamin boost. If you are looking for the same, then these Mixed Berry Oats have got you covered.
When we are looking to get ourselves back on track with healthier eating, we always start with breakfast, as I believe that a healthy breakfast sets you up for making healthier choices for the rest of day. If I have had a filling, healthy and balanced breakfast then I always feel pretty good about the rest of the day.
I don’t know about you, but it’s pretty hard to feel like you are ready to take on the world (or at least tackle your email account after the Christmas break) on a stomach full of grease. No, what you need to tackle that email account or to face your colleagues that you really didn’t miss over the Christmas break, is a a bowl of this fruity porridge. I can’t guarantee it will make work more manageable, but I am pretty confident in it and I can guarantee it will be delicious though.
I love fruit, and I have never had any trouble reaching my daily quota (apart from when I am in a cheese/chocolate haze), so I think of myself pretty lucky in that way. But I know other people really struggle to eat enough fruit, and it can be even harder to get it in to your kids diet if you don’t have a berry obsessed kid like we do. That is what is so great about this porridge – it’s blended into it, which also gives it the wonderful colour.
We have gone with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and blackberries, but you can really use any fruit that you want and make the porridge different colours. Just a note on berries and seasonal fruit – one of our goals for this year is to eat more seasonal, so the berries use within this porridge are ones that we actually froze in summer and then we just added a few fresh ones on top, as we do still eat some out of season things.
Avery absolutely loves this porridge and infact she usually cries when it is finished as she can’t get enough of it. She loves porridge in general, but I think the colour of it makes it more appealing to her. This really is a good dish to sneak some extra fruit in to the whole families diet, and it’s easy to adapt depending on taste and what’s available/needs using up. An added bonus is that it can be vegan too when used dairy free milk – so it’s ideal if you are trying to use less animal products this year.
Along with less food waste, another goal of ours this year is to spend less money on food. I mean, it is one of our main expenses, as we just love food (ermm, stating the obvious there), but we need to cut down a bit. That means more porridge for breakfast, as it’s great value, filling and warming during these cold days. So, expect some more porridge recipes on the blog and lots of ideas on how to make it more exciting. Also, we will be adding all the nutritional information to our recipes again. This is just done through My Fitness Pal and cannot be guaranteed to be 100% accurate, but hopefully it is helpful as a guide.
Mixed Berry Oats
- 60 g Oats (I use rolled oats)
- 2 tbsp Chia seeds
- 500 ml Cashew milk
- 1 tbsp Pure maple syrup
- 10 Raspberries
- 10 Blackberries
- 20 Blueberries
- Extra berries and chia seeds for topping (optional)
Put the berries in a food processor/blender and blend until smooth.
Put the berries in a pan with the oats, milk, maple syrup and chia seeds. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
Divide between bowls and add extra berries and chia seeds if using.
Saturated Fat: 1g
If you enjoyed this Mixed Berry Oats recipe, why not try some other oat recipes from the blog? Take a look at our Coffee Cake Porridge, Chunky Monkey Porridge, Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Oats or Pear, Pecan and Dark Chocolate Porridge.