Today I realised something extremely shocking: I don’t have a single oatmeal recipe on my blog so far! :O
So I thought it’s time to change that, especially since I have been asked for porridge ideas multiple times. Usually, I prefer buckwheat porridge for three simple reasons:
- Buckwheat is a little more nutrient-dense than oats.
- I love the taste of buckwheat.
- Buckwheat seems to be more easily digestible (at least for me).
However, I am aware that there are many oatmeal lovers among you, oatmeal is more easily accessible and perhaps even cheaper than other types of (pseudo-)grains where you live. I would definitely consider myself an oatmeal lover too! In fact, I love all kinds of healthy dishes. Anything that nourishes your body, nourishes mind and soul as well.
Why cherry oatmeal? Simply because I am a HUGE fan of cherries. Especially frozen cherries because they’re soft and perfectly blend with the oatmeal when added to the warm mixture inside your pot. Cherries are life. Cherries are bae (or whatever words those cool kids use nowadays). They’re probably my favourite fruit at the moment.
What I loved most about this oatmeal were the juicy cherry bits inside and the general chunky consistency of oatmeal. Depending on the type of oats you use, your porridge will be more pudding-like or lumpy. I prefer smooth porridge, so I use fine oats. I also add psyllium husks to my oatmeal to thicken it up. If you don’t have psyllium husks at home, go buy them right now!! Nah, just kidding 😀 – you can use 1 Tbs ground flaxseed or 1 tsp agar-agar instead. But I definitely recommend psyllium as its literally 84% fibre. So much fibre! This recipe should be prescribed as anti-constipation medicine. 😛
I created the pink colour by adding 1 tsp beetroot powder. If you don’t have it on hand, I’m sure you can replace it with raspberry powder or puree. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the beetroot at all. But the colour it adds to the porridge is priceless!
Of course and as always feel free to experiment with additional ingredients yourself to create your unique optimal taste! For this oatmeal bowl, I’m sure cacao powder, maca, lucuma or cardamom would’ve been a nice add-on. What other ingredients would you use? 🙂
- 250 ml almond milk
- 250 ml water
- 100 g oats
- 1 tsp psyllium husks
- 100 g frozen cherries
- 1 tsp beetroot powder
- 0.5 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 banana(s)
- Take cherries out of the freezer.
- Mash the banana with a fork. Use 1/2 large or 1 small banana.
- Add water and almond milk to a pot and bring to boil.
- Turn off the heat, then add oatmeal and psyllium husks and stir for about 1-2 minutes.
- Add beetroot powder, mashed banana, cherries, coconut sugar and vanilla bean powder to your porridge and stir again. Leave it on the stove for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.