Feeling a bit chilly? Make this Berry Breakfast Porridge, stat. It’s exactly what you need on a cold winter’s morning.
By Lauren Kretzer
Feeling a bit chilly? Make this Berry Breakfast Porridge, stat. It’s exactly what you need on a cold winter’s morning, eaten in front of a roaring fire with a good cup of tea. It would also be a very appropriate, very lovely thing to make for your special someone for breakfast-in-bed on Valentine’s Day (because it’s red… and you know, there’s a law that everything has to be red on Valentine’s Day). Most of the ingredients are things you likely already have on hand, assuming you have a well stocked pantry. It comes together in under 10 minutes and is oh-so-good for you! I use quick cooking steel cut oats in my breakfast porridge because I prefer the texture over regular rolled oats – I think they lend really well to the slightly soupy, slurpable texture of a proper porridge. You’ll be able to find them at Whole Foods or Fairway, and maybe even Trader Joe’s (I buy Country Choice Organic brand).
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup non-dairy milk (I use a coconut/almond blend, but soymilk, or straight up almond milk, work just as well)
- Small pinch of salt
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup of quick cooking steel cut oats, such as Country Choice Organic brand
- 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 Tablespoon cold non-dairy milk
- ½ cup frozen mixed berries, thawed
- In a small pot, combine the water, ¼ cup non-dairy milk, salt, cinnamon and vanilla and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to simmer and add the oats, stirring to combine. Let cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the oats from heat and place in a bowl. Top with maple syrup, 1 Tablespoon of cold non-dairy milk, and thawed red berries. Serve immediately.