Quick and easy breakfast oatmeal topped with Stewed Berries. No need to worry even if Berries are not in season. Stewed Berries can be made using either fresh of frozen mix Berries and can be sweetened with any sweetener of your choice. You can use it not only for oatmeal. Think about toppings for ice cream or sundae, pancake, waffle and french toast. Oatmeal is just the start, a delicious start if I may stress.
You can never go wrong with oatmeal for breakfast. It is super easy to make, budget friendly, very versatile and a very warming and comforting breakfast to keep your morning starting right. I had made quite a lot of oatmeal variations, in fact, I made it my mission last year to post 1 oatmeal variation per month. I thought after doing that for 1 year I will be so bored with eating oatmeal. I was actually wrong. Even after accomplishing my mission, It had become a part of my breakfast routine. Oatmeal for breakfast at least 2 -3 times a week and more often during rainy and cold season.
Types of Oatmeal
Steel Cut Oats (Irish Oats) – This type of oats has a finer texture but is chewier than traditional oats, they are digested more slowly and it makes you feel full easily. This type is perfect for breakfast cereals as they make you feel full longer.
Rolled Oats (Old Fashioned) – This type of oats are flat, thin and have bigger pieces than Steel Cut Oats. It cooks faster, about 10 minutes for 1/3 cup (depending on how chewy you like it). Although filling, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats, but if your recipe requires minimal cooking time or you do not have much time on hand, this is the perfect type of oats to use. I find that this type is also the one perfect for baking cookies, bars, bread or pancakes.
Quick Oats – This type of oats have flat, light and even thinner pieces as compared to Rolled Oats. This cooks in about 1-2 minutes and are perfect for recipes that calls for a very minimal cooking time. Although it is also a good option for breakfast, it is not as filling as using Steel Cut Oats and Rolled Oats.
Instant Oats – This type of oatmeal has been pre-cooked and dried, because of this, it require no cooking time at all. You just need to add boiling water and let sit for few minutes to soften. This type of oatmeal doesn’t have chewiness and texture and can get mushy at times. This if perfect option when you are traveling and you need something on the go. Simply add hot water and you have an instant breakfast with you.
Flavor of the Month: Stewed Berries Oatmeal
This variation came to my mind when I made my video for the 2 Ingredients Stewed Berries. I have a separate post dedicated to Stewed Berries so I will not go into full details here. Stewed Berries is just mix of Berries with a little bit of sweetener added. They are simmered until the Berries are soft and juices are out. I used Stewed Berries in several ways and one of them are in my oatmeal. I like how it gave a really nice flavor and taste to the oatmeal. The sweet and tangy taste of the Berries and the creamy oatmeal are just so good together. I like topping it with sliced Banana, my favorite topping. Sometimes I even drizzle some Almond Butter on top, almost like PB & J. Yum!
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1 3/4 cup Milk
- 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar (can be substituted with other sweetener of your choice)
- 1 teaspoon Chia Seed – optional
- 2 teaspoon powdered Flax Seed – optional
- 1 tablespoon Shredded Coconut
- 1/4 cup Stewed Berries
- Stewed Berries
- Sliced Banana
- Shredded Coconut
- Chia Seed
- Make the Stewed Berries – This can be made 3 – 5 days in advance, keep refrigerated until ready to use. Get the recipe HERE
- Make the Base Oatmeal: Pour milk in a pan. Add rolled oats and simmer in medium heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir from time to time to avoid sticking at the bottom and from forming a “film” or “skin” on top. Add shredded coconut, brown sugar, chia seed and flax seed (if using). Stir and cook for another 5 minutes. You can serve it at this stage but if you want a smoother creamier consistency, cover and cook in low heat for another 10 minutes. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired. The consistency of the oats will thicken as it cools, if you are serving it immediately, you can cook it a little bit longer to get a thick consistency. Cooking time is flexible, cook less or more time to adjust to the texture and consistency that you prefer.
- Serve: Transfer oatmeal in a bowl and top with stewed Berries
One tip when reheating it, add few spoonful of water or milk to thin out the consistency. The oatmeal with or without chia seed will thicken as it cools, even more when refrigerated. So to bring it back to nice consistency, you need to add a little bit of liquid. For single serving, add 1-2 tbsp of liquid and stir then simply pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. take it out and stir again, adding more liquid as necessary to achieve the consistency that you like. Top with Stewed Berries and other toppings as desired. Easy breezy! Enjoy
I am using quite a lot of liquid here because I like my Oatmeal consistency to be not too thick and also because I like to cook it longer than 15 minutes for a smoother creamier texture. Also, chia seed absorbs liquid and makes a jelly like consistency. If you like a thick oatmeal, use 1 1/4 cup of liquid but bear in mind that the oatmeal thickens as it cools. If you are making it ahead of time (overnight), I suggest use 1 3/4 cups of liquid so that it wouldn’t be too thick the following day.
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