Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blueberry Oatmeal

My husband and I recently discovered the joys of flavored oatmeal--and I don't mean the pre-flavored packages you buy at the grocery store. This is the do-it-yourself version, which is MUCH better! Who knew there was so much more to oatmeal than simply adding milk and brown sugar? While we enjoyed apple-cinnamon and banana pecan, we discovered our absolute favorite this morning: blueberry! I found this delicious recipe in a New York Times article on healthy eating. Enjoy!

Blueberry Oatmeal

1 1/3 cups water
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons honey
2/3 cup rolled oats or oatmeal
1/3 cup blueberries
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup milk (can substitute soy milk, almond beverage or rice beverage)

Bring water to a boil in a medium-size saucepan. Add salt, cinnamon, honey and oatmeal. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for five minutes, or until most of the water has been absorbed. Add blueberries, orange zest and milk. Bring to a simmer and simmer for five more minutes or until oatmeal is thick and creamy and blueberries have begun to pop open. Cover and let stand for five minutes before serving.

Side note: We just used frozen blueberries, but fresh would probably be even better. We also added a little freshly squeezed orange juice for extra flavor.

1 comment:

  1. This was a yummy breakfast! We made it the other day. I wonder, though, if the concept could be taken and just put into oatmeal that is microwaved. We make oatmeal often just by putting regular oats in water and heating for two minutes in the microwave. Could you just add the ingredients sans milk before heating and then add milk afterward? I will have to try it.

    We just did pear raspberry oatmeal with cinnamon and that was very yummy too. Thanks for sharing the recipe Kristen.