Overnight oats or hot porridge topped with berries might be my favorite breakfast in the world. Pancakes come in second though, only considering the health and time factor here. It takes way too much time to whip up pancakes compared to cooking up a bowl of porridge on the stove. Since the latter is also the healthier version, it’s a typical weekday breakfast for me.
Dairy or dairy free?
To be honest, I’d always go for the dairy version with this one, unless I had a lactose intolerance or something. However, I’m really picky when it comes to different sorts of milk, so far I’ve only liked almond milk. As mentioned before I hate anything coconut so that’s definitely not going into my porridge. I’m not saying it wouldn’t work with dairy free milk substitutes, but personally I usually use lower fat cow’s milk. Not skim, but like 1,5%.
There are SO many flavorful toppings for to make your oatmeal/porridge less boring, it’s the best! In the spring and summer months I like to use berries, because they’re in season and I don’t really eat berries in winter. My favorites are strawberries and blueberries and I also recommend raspberries. For the raspberries I usually use frozen ones and let them thaw halfway before adding them to the hot bowl. The juice that comes out of them makes it even better.
Just like the toppings, you can make your porridge itself more flavorful. I’ll post more varieties in a while, but so far I’ll go with the classic, two ingredient version. Yep, it’s really just milk and fine cut oats. It took me lots of tries to get the right consistency, but now I’m completely happy with it. It’s basically a little less than twice as much milk as oats. That makes it super easy to make a bigger or smaller portion, depending on how hungry you are or how many people you wanna feed.
Enough talking, here’s how to make my favorite berry porridge!
- 2/3 cup 1,5% milk
- 1/3 cup instant or quick oats (feine Haferflocken)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)
- Add milk and oats to a pot on the stove, heat on high.
- When milk starts boiling, start stirring constantly, reduce heat to simmer (gas stove) or turn off completely if you use an electric stove.
- Stir until it reaches your desired consistency, I like mine creamy but not too fluid. It takes about 2 minutes after turning off the stove.
- Transfer into bowl, top with berries & enjoy!