Looking for a Warm, Nutritious, and Delicious Option for Breakfast?
October 4, 2017 By: Cassie–Let me know what you think and Leave a Comment below!
Then You Must Try this Blueberry Cobbler Oatmeal!
Fall is finally here in the Tennessee mountains and I couldn’t be happier! With the beautiful, crisp mornings comes a hunger for something warm and comforting and this simple and nutritious blueberry-filled oatmeal really hits the spot. Another major plus for this recipe is the fact that my boys love it! They request it at least once a week and I’m happy to oblige as it’s fast to make, loaded with healthy blueberries, and keeps them full until lunch!
One of my favorite things about this oatmeal is that it reminds me of one of my favorite desserts; blueberry cobbler or crisp! The combination of warm oatmeal, spices, and bursting blueberries really does make you feel like you’re indulging in a yummy dessert, but if you watch the amount of sugar added (or substitute your favorite no-calorie sweetener) you can really enjoy this is a healthy start to your day!
Now onto the super simple ingredients needed for Blueberry Cobbler Oatmeal:
I’m going to talk for a minute about the different ingredients that make up this bowl of yumminess so that yours will turn out just as delicious! First things first, your oats. Now I do like fast breakfast prep, but I seldom if ever buy instant oatmeal. The texture and consistency of regular rolled oats is so much better and it still only has to cook in the microwave for 90 seconds! On the flip side of that, whole kernel oats take foreverrrrr to cook and I can’t tell that much of a difference, so I recommend rolled oats for this recipe.
Next comes the blueberries. I was lucky enough to pick up a couple of boxes of fresh, Michigan blueberries at our local bulk-foods store this summer and oh my goodness are they delicious! I usually find a pick-your-own berry farm locally to get my berry freezer stash from, but after tasting these berries, I may be converted! Now, I like to try to freeze a winter’s worth of berries during the summer when they are at their ripest for two reasons: one, they taste so much better and two, they are much more cost efficient. I simply rinse the berries, let them dry, and toss them into freezer bags. That way I always have blueberries at hand for pancakes, blueberry crisp, or this oatmeal!
Finally I finish it off with my special ingredients that takes this oatmeal from plain ol’ blueberry oatmeal, to Blueberry Cobbler Oatmeal! The “secret” ingredients are as follows: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and a little pat of butter. Yum, right! Just like the ingredients in your favorite berry cobbler recipe! Now personally I think the addition of a little sprinkle of nutmeg is what really sets this apart as I’ve made it with only cinnamon in the past, but it’s just not the same. The brown sugar is my sweetener of choice for this recipe as a little goes a long way and it gives the oatmeal a richer flavor. The butter is optional as well, but it adds some richness to the dish and a our bodies need a little bit of fat to process all of that berry goodness right? (Or that’s what I tell myself at least.)
Ok, now that you’ve gathered your ingredients, let’s get onto the “official” recipe:
Blueberry Cobbler Recipe:
Makes a 1 bowl serving
1/2 Cup Rolled Oats
1 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Frozen or Fresh Blueberries
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon (more or less to taste)
1/8 teaspoon Nutmeg ( I just sprinkle it in, but remember it is a potent spice so don’t overdo!)
1 Little Pat of Butter-I don’t measure, just take some off with the tip of my spoon.
1-2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar (or equivalent sweetener of choice)
Add your oats, water, and blueberries to a regular sized, microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds on average. (May take more or less time depending on bowl type and microwave wattage.) You want the oatmeal thick and the berries just beginning to burst when you stir. Now simply stir in your cinnamon, sprinkle of nutmeg, pat of butter and enjoy all of that berry goodness! (I like to stir in a little bit of milk to mine, but the Dark-Haired Boy likes his thick. To each their own.)
Don’t feel like this is just for breakfast either! I like to make a bowl of this up on cold nights when I need some warm, comfort food, but don’t need the comfort calories!
Health Note: If you want to prepare this recipe as Gluten Free simply follow the above instructions, but make sure you purchase specially marked “Gluten-Free” Oatmeal. You can also add another layer healthy goodness by mixing in about a Tablespoon of ground Flax seeds into the oatmeal before microwaving it. This adds more healthy fats and gives the oatmeal a chewier texture.