Hello from the forest! That’s where I’ve been today searching for bright red berry gems. And I found some, but not enough to make this delicious lingonberry caramel oatmeal (vegan, gf). Luckily I have a precious berry stash in the freezer so I could make this yummy porridge. If you don’t have lingonberries, you can always use cranberries as well!
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Lingonberries and caramel: a classic
Lingonberries and caramel sauce is a classic dessert combo, which I love to have for breakfast, too. And even with vegan caramel sauce, it’s not an unhealthy breakfast, because the caramel is made of whole food ingredients. It’s a pretty basic one, and it’s one of the first super dreamy sweets I learned to make when changing my diet to plant-based: dates blended with plant-based milk, nut butter and pinch of salt.
How to make delicious porridge
This lingonberry porridge is creamy with thick oat milk, and good quality gluten-free oats. We eat oatmeal almost every day in autumn and winter, and I like to vary it up a bit by adding shredded coconut, using buckwheat flakes or even rice flakes together with oats and also a swirl of nut butter. To make the brekkie even sweeter, I suggest smashing a ripe spotted banana in the porridge. So yummy!
This oatmeal will work with any berries, but I find the combo of tart lingonberries and caramel irresistible. Cranberries will work perfectly too! I’ve also eaten this oatmeal with blueberries and raspberries, the same caramel sauce and some cream on top…it was so good I almost cried (I often get emotional when I’m eating good food 🙂 ).
Hope you like this as much as we do!
Happy weekend from the forest!
ps Here are two popular warm oatmeal recipes from Myberryforest:
- 1 cup / ~250 ml rolled oats (you can also use half rolled oats / half buckwheat flakes or rice flakes)
- 1 cup / ~250 ml creamy oat milk (oat milk for coffee)
- 1 cup / ~250 ml water
- ½ cup lingonberries, cranberries or any berries you like (you can put more if you want)
- pinch of salt
- optional: a few tablespoons of shredded coconut
- optional: for sweetness: a ripe mashed banana or half a banana
- Caramel sauce
- 5 pitted dates
- ¼ cup plant-based milk
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- pinch of salt
- To serve: more berries
- Blend caramel sauce ingredients in a food processor until it's smooth. Add more milk if needed to make the consistency you like. I use a sieve to make the sauce totally smooth and use the pieces of date (peels) in my oatmeal.
- Cook oats in oat milk and water in a pan medium-high heat for five-ten minutes (according to package directions) stirring often until porridge like consistency formed.
- Add pinch of salt, berries, shredded coconut and stir well. You can smash the berries to get a lovely color.
- To serve: add more berries on top and drizzle lots of caramel sauce on top.
- If you want to eat this on the go, just layer oatmeal, berries and caramel sauce in a jar and enjoy!