Have you ever tried whipped berry porridge? It’s a traditional Nordic porridge, which is usually made of semolina and either lingonberries or red currants. Whipped porridge is naturally vegan but it’s not gluten-free. I decided to make a gluten-free version of this creamy dreamy berry porridge or vispipuuro as it’s called in Finnish.
This is the porridge of my childhood, the one my grandma used to make. I’ve always loved it because it’s pink. Pink food makes me happy! It also made me very happy as a little girl to add a spoonful (teaspoon, but still…) of sugar to the somewhat tart whipped berry porridge. My grandma also poured thick milk to the porridge and then it was ready to be devoured!
This porridge was our afternoon snack, and I think that’s how my love for dessert snacks was born. A dessert snack is not quite dessert and not quite a basic snack either. It’s a snack elevated to dessert status with a sprinkle (or spoonful) of sweetness and creaminess!
The traditional Nordic version is made of tart berries = lingonberries or sour berries = red currants so the porridge itself isn’t very sweet (even though there’s some sugar in the porridge).
I wanted to try something different this time so I made the porridge with cloudberries and raspberries. These two together are very unique and delicious, and much like in the traditional version they don’t bring a lot of sweetness to the porridge, just good berry flavor.
Cloudberries are not widely available outside the Nordic countries so you can use any berries in this recipe. In my opinion somewhat tart or sour berries work the best, because then you have the perfect balance of flavors when a sprinkle of sugar is added on top 🙂
How to make whipped porridge?
So basically you can whip any porridge and get a lovely fluffy breakfast or snack. But to make the authentic Nordic whipped porridge there are a few essential steps to follow:
- Add water, berries, sugar and salt to a pan.
- Bring to a boil and then add oat bran (or semolina if not making a gluten-free version).
- Cook for about 10 minutes stirring every now and then.
- Very essential step is to let the porridge cool before whipping it!
- When the porridge has cooled down whip it with a hand mixer or a stick blender until lots of air bubbles form and the porridge becomes fluffy.
Now the porridge is ready! You can eat it the traditional way with sugar and thick milk or cream or like I did today with just sugar and more berries. Because I never get enough of these beautiful berries!
Hope you enjoy this traditional Nordic recipe. Please let me know if you try this by tagging me @myberryforest on Instagram. I’m super happy to see your creations and will gladly share them on my Instagram Stories!
Lots of love from the forest ♥
If you’re looking for more traditional Nordic recipes, search no further 🙂
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Whipped berry porridge
- Hand mixer or stick blender
- 4 cups + 1/4 cups water
- heaped 1 cups + 3/4 cups berries such as raspberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup + 1/4 cups gluten-free oat bran
- For serving: berries, sugar, thick plant-based milk (optional)
- Bring water, berries, sugar and salt to a boil.
- Add oat bran and let bubble slowly in medium heat stirring every now and then for 10 minutes.
- Let porridge cool (outside if possible) for at least 20 minutes or until cooled.
- When cooled whip porridge with a hand mixer or stick blender until air bubbles start to form. Continue whipping until porridge is fluffy and berries are mashed.
- Serve porridge with sugar, thick plant-based milk and more berries.
- Enjoy this traditional Nordic porridge!