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This “mixed berry” raspberry, cranberry, and blueberry oatmeal is a delicious, nutritious way to start the day – and perfect for getting through the colder months and can be enjoyed in one of two ways! Plus, this recipe is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and paleo!

Berry oatmeal with toppings in a plate with a spoon

During the winter months, a big bowl of steaming oatmeal porridge becomes the perfect way to start the day. It’s wholesome, comforting, and easily adaptable. This “mixed berry” raspberry, cranberry, and blueberry oatmeal is just one of many (many many many) oatmeal recipes that I plan to share with you all (I’ve already shared this banana oatmeal and baked blueberry oatmeal).

This recipe can be enjoyed in one of two ways: with the mixed berries mixed in during the cooking process (yielding a wonderfully pink porridge) OR as a simple oatmeal base topped with a mixed berry compote and several nutritional oatmeal toppings. The result is sweet and tart oatmeal bursting with berry flavor.

Berry oatmeal served in a bowl

Plus, this berry oatmeal is also super customizable – pick your berries based on what you have available and use a combination of several or just one. In fact, this is the exact method I use for my favorite blueberry oatmeal too!

Using a careful selection of ingredients and toppings that include berries and seeds, this is also a super simple paleo oatmeal option – great as a fall/winter paleo breakfast or ‘snack’ during the day. I also make this healthier by using a combination of water and oat milk for cooking the oatmeal – so it’s creamy but light.

Plus, the use of fresh, in-season berries (though frozen also work) makes for a delicious and nutritious breakfast every single time!

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The Ingredients

Cooked Mixed Berry Oatmeal

This method adds the berries directly into the cooking oatmeal.

Ingredients for berry oatmeal
  • Water – I use a combination of water and milk when making my basic vegan oatmeal. Feel free to use all milk or water if you want it creamier vs. lower calorie.
  • Rolled oats – make sure to use certified gluten-free, if necessary. Different types of oats will affect the cooking time (I.e. steel-cut oats can take up to 30 minutes!).
  • Oat milk – feel free to swap this with your plant-based milk of choice. (i.e. almond milk or rice milk)
  • Salt – just a pinch
  • Mixed berries – you can use fresh or frozen berries. You can also use a combination of berries (i.e. raspberry, cranberry, blackberry, and blueberry) or just a single berry. This is super versatile.
  • Maple Syrup (optional) – or your favorite sweetener of choice. You can use unrefined sugars/syrups or even brown sugar. For a sugar-free option, erythritol (also Paleo-friendly) or stevia could work.

Oatmeal with Berry Compote

For a different way to enjoy mixed berries, use this method – make basic oatmeal and add freshly-made berry compote. For the berry compote, you’ll need:

Oatmeal Compote Ingredients
  • Mixed berries – use what you have on hand – fresh and frozen berries will work. I love to use mixed berries, but it’s just as delicious using just blueberries, etc.
  • Water
  • Lemon juice – optional, but adds a lovely freshness to the berries along with the sweetness.
  • Maple syrup – or your favorite sweetener of choice (as written above).

Topping Ideas

  • Omega seed mix – great for adding protein, fiber, and omega-3s to the dish.
  • Nut butter – for flavor and protein (my favorites are almond butter and homemade peanut butter for this oatmeal bowl). Choose your favorite nut or seed butter (when making homemade you literally only need 1-2 ingredients!).
  • Herbs – optional, but I’ll often add some herbs for extra flavor (here I used lemon thyme). You could also add these directly to the berry compote and remove them before serving.
  • Zest: lemon zest or orange zest both pair wonderfully with fresh blueberries and berry mixes in general.
  • Protein: you could mix some protein powder directly into the oatmeal or a tbsp of chia seeds, for extra nutrients.
  • Vanilla extract: add it to the oatmeal or compote, for extra flavor.
  • Strawberry Compote: add some extra flavor to this berry oatmeal recipe.
A bowl with berry oatmeal topped with seeds and herbs and a spoon
Oatmeal topped with berry compote and various toppings

How To Make Berry Oatmeal

In a small saucepan, heat up the oats with the water and salt. Let them simmer over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

If you’re adding the berries into the oatmeal then do so now. If you’re using frozen berries it may be best to reduce the full liquid for the recipe to just 1 cup if you don’t want it runnier like I have (see video)otherwise you’ll need to cook the oats for longer to thicken it up further.

After 4 minutes, add the milk to the oatmeal mixture, stir well and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes or until your texture of choice, mixing occasionally.

Steps for making berry oatmeal

To make the berry compote (optional): In a separate small saucepan, add the berries, water, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat – just long enough for the water to start bubbling.

You can do this at the same time as the oatmeal base is cooking.

Steps for making mixed berries compote

Pour the oats mixture into a bowl, then add the berry compote (if using).

Top this basic oatmeal recipe with a sprinkle of omega seed mix, nut/seed butter, and some herbs (optional) or the toppings of your choice.

How To Store

I prefer to make my oatmeal fresh every day or use overnight oats as a meal-prep option. However, if you want to store any berry oatmeal leftovers:

Fridge: the cooked oatmeal will last in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Make sure to refrigerate it within an hour or two of making it though, otherwise, bacteria can start to grow. 

Freezer: store the oatmeal in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Reheat the oatmeal either in the microwave or on the stove. You may need to add an extra splash of water or milk to get it back to the creamy texture. 

The fruit compote can also be stored – I’ll often make enough for 2-3 portions so it’s ready to go the next time I want porridge (or pancakes/ french toast!). Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 days (possibly up to two weeks, though I’ve always used mine within a week). 

Berry oatmeal in a pot

Recipe Notes

  • Liquid Ratio: I usually use a ratio of 1 1/4 cups liquid to 1/2 cup oats, for creamy results (the standard is 1 cup per 1/2 cup oats). For this recipe, however, as the berries will add extra liquid to the recipe (especially if frozen), feel free to reduce the recipe to just 1 cup liquid (3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk).
  • Water Or Milk? I use a combination of the two however you could use just water or just milk and add it all at the beginning rather than adding some at the end.

If you try this berry oatmeal bowl recipe, then let me know your thoughts in the comments. I’d also really appreciate a recipe rating and would love to see your recreations – just tag @AlphaFoodie.

Berry Oatmeal Bowl (Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-Free)

5 from 11 votes
By: Samira
This 'mixed berry' raspberry, cranberry, and blueberry oatmeal is a delicious, nutritious way to start the day – and perfect for getting through the colder months and can be enjoyed in one of two ways! Plus, this recipe is dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and paleo!
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 Bowl

Ingredients 
 

Oatmeal Base

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup oat milk or other milk of choice- check notes
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Method 1: Adding berries to the oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup mixed berries
  • sweetener of choice (optional) maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc.

Method 2: Topping the plain oatmeal with berry compote

  • 1/4 cup mixed berries
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener – check notes
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Toppings (optional)

Instructions 

Method 1: Cooked Mixed Berry Oatmeal

  • In a small saucepan, heat up the oats with the water and salt.
  • Add the berries to the oatmeal and let them simmer over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
    Note: If you're using frozen berries it may be best to reduce the full liquid for the recipe to just 1 cup if you don't want it runnier like I have (see video)– otherwise you'll need to cook the oats for longer to thicken it up further. 
  • After 4 minutes, add the milk to the oatmeal mixture, stir well and continue to cook for 1-2 minutes or until your texture of choice, mixing occasionally.
  • Serve with your toppings of choice or with a sprinkle of omega seed mixnut/seed butter, and some herbs (optional).

Method 2: Oatmeal with Berry Compote

  • In a small saucepan, heat up the oats with the water and salt. Let them simmer over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • In a separate small saucepan, add the berries, water, maple syrup, and lemon juice. Cook for 3-4 minutes over medium-high heat – just long enough for the water to start bubbling.
    You can do this at the same time as the oatmeal base is cooking.
  • Pour the oats mixture into a bowl, then add the berry compote.
    Top with a sprinkle of omega seed mix, nut/seed butter, and some herbs (optional) or the toppings of your choice.

How To Store

  • I prefer to cook oatmeal freshly every day. However, cooked plain oatmeal can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days (or even frozen for up to 3 months!). Make sure to refrigerate it within an hour or two of making it though, otherwise, bacteria can start to grow.
    The fruit compote can also be stored – I’ll often make enough for 2-3 portions so it’s ready to go the next time I want porridge (or pancakes!). Store it in an airtight container in the fridge for 7 days ( possibly up to two weeks, though I’ve always used mine within a week).
    Reheat the oatmeal either in the microwave or on the stove. You may need to add an extra splash of water or milk to get it back to the creamy texture. The same goes for the berry compote.

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Notes

  • Use whatever berries you have available. This recipe makes for delicious blueberry oatmeal or mixed berry options!
  • You can use fresh or frozen berries for the berry compote.
  • Sweetener: you can use the sweetener of your choice such as agave syrup, maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut sugar.
  • For a sugar-free option then erythritol (also Paleo-friendly), monk fruit sweetener, or stevia could work.
  • Feel free to add some sweetness to the oatmeal base too if preferred. 
  • Liquid ratio: I usually use a ratio of 1 1/4 cups liquid to 1/2 cup oats, for creamy results (the standard is 1 cup per 1/2 cup oats). For this recipe, however, as the berries will add extra liquid to the recipe (especially if frozen), feel free to reduce the recipe to just 1 cup liquid (3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup milk).
  • Water Or Milk? I use a combination of the two however you could use just water or just milk and add it all at the beginning rather than adding some at the end.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, British
Freezer friendly: 3 Months
Shelf life: 5 Days

Nutrition

Serving: 1Bowl, Calories: 225kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 334mg, Potassium: 218mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 159IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 121mg, Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

5 from 11 votes (9 ratings without comment)

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4 Comments

  1. Dakshee says:

    5 stars
    Just tried this recipe today! So quick and easy to make! I added a bit of sweetener and cinnamon powder to my oats base as well 🙂

    1. Support @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much for your comment, Dakshee. Glad you’ve adjusted the recipe to your liking.

  2. Kaamilah says:

    5 stars
    Love this recipe, and it’s super easy to make!

    1. Samira @ Alphafoodie says:

      Thank you so much Kaamilah, so glad you liked it 🙂