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Real Food: Blueberry and Cream Oatmeal

Did you love Quaker’s fruit and cream oatmeals growing up? I did. They were those oatmeals in brown paper baggies that you would rip the top off and add water. It was one of the rare things that I would eat for breakfast that wasn’t a sugary cereal with milk. Instead, this was sugary oatmeal with milk. I loved it.

Yes, my favorite was peaches and cream, but blueberries and cream held a special place in my heart. Blueberries and cream was the rare variety of these oatmeals that you wouldn’t typically see it in the variety boxes. When you did, it was something special.

This recipe is an attempt to approximate the tastiness of that commercial product and make it wholesome (There are antioxidants in blueberries, right?). Yes, I care about this being healthy—of course, there is no added sugar here. I care more about it tasting good.

To me, blueberries are like the beef of the berry world—substantial and complex.

As blueberries grow, their sweetness grows with them, rendering an intense, complex sweetness that isn’t comparable in other berry varieties. Put simply, blueberries tend to be at their sweetest when they’re big. Look for the big ones.

If you’re like me, you’ll use frozen blueberries most of the time. That’s more than fine. Once you warm up frozen blueberries, they release their juice, and to me, their sweetness is more present in the final product.

I substitute unsweetened vanilla-almond milk here for the cream. The result is a creamy oatmeal void of the animal fat that makes this thing unhealthy. Still, there’s a voluptuous mouthfeel with a complex sweetness provided by the blueberries.

The thing that the Quaker product lacked was crunch. I add sliced almonds to this recipe to give it a ‘granola-like’ crunch.

Ingredients

½ Cup Frozen Blueberries

½ Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

2/3 Cup Old Fashioned Oats

2 Tbsp Sliced Almonds

Preparation (To Go Instructions)

1. Using a 1 pint glass jar, warm the ½ Cup of frozen blueberries in a microwave for 30 seconds.

2. Add the ½ cup of unsweetened almond milk to the glass jar. Place lid on jar for transport.

3. In a second container, combine the 2/3 cup of old fashioned Oats and 2 tbsp of sliced almonds together.

4. Refrigerate the blueberry almond milk mixture until ready for preparation.

Preparation (For eating)

1. Add the oat and almond mixture to the cup with the blueberries and almond milk. The ingredients will remain separated at this point.

2. Add hot water to desired consistency, but wait until oats are warmed through to combine.

3. After the oats are warmed through, mix ingredients.