Mixed Berry Oatmeal

Alas my usual fruit, yogurt and granola breakfast has been replaced with a less seasonally dependent breakfast. This one’s a keeper. Using frozen berries you still get a good serving a fruit in your morning meal, old-fashioned oats provide good complex carbs, and milk provides good calcium and protein. It’s a perfect combo for a filling morning meal. There’s not much sweetener in this, so if you like a sweet breakfast either up the sugar while you’re making it, or top it with a drizzle of honey or maple syrup.  The best part?  You get to eat purple for breakfast!  Who doesn’t love fun colored food?

Mixed Berry Oatmeal

Serves 5

Adapted from Eat Good 4 Life

  • 2 1/4 cups old-fasioned oats
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ (or flax seed meal)
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 2 cups frozen fruit
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a pot, combine oats, milk, coconut milk, sugar, and wheat germ.  Bring to a boil and stirring occasionally cook for about 10-15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.  Add in the egg whites, frozen fruit and vanilla and stir.  Heat through and then serve.  Sprinkle with toasted slivered almonds if desired.

Very Berry Muffins

We still have some blackberries from when we went berry picking a few weeks ago.  In an attempt to find a way to cook with them, I stumbled across these muffins.  I liked the sound of them because they’re full of healthy ingredients and aren’t full of sugar like a lot of muffins can be.  This was also the first recipe I’ve seen that uses strawberry puree, I think you could also use applesauce if you prefer.

While these weren’t the prettiest muffins (I think because I used thawed frozen strawberries), they sure do taste good.  They aren’t overly sweet, so they’re perfect for a delicious healthy breakfast or snack option.

Very Berry Muffins

Makes 12 muffins

Adapted from Skinny Taste

  • 1 1/2 cups pureed strawberries (I used frozen)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blackberries, halved
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted

Preheat oven to 325°F.

In a blender, puree strawberries until smooth and you have 1 1/2 cups.

Whisk to combine flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix the egg, vanilla, melted butter, and pureed strawberries.  Pour into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.  Gently fold in the blackberries.

Spoon batter into greased muffin tins and bake for about 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool for about 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.