Blueberry oatmeal is a delicious, nutritious breakfast that’s packed with fresh fruit and wholesome oats. Enjoy the sweet-tart flavor and creamy texture for a delicious start to your day!
This simple blueberry oatmeal is an easy, quick, and healthy breakfast that tastes delicious and is filled with health benefits. It's perfect for busy mornings as it comes together in about 10 minutes. This recipe is gluten free, vegan, and nut free. Delicious!
Free from: Wheat, gluten, dairy (optional), casein (optional), eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, coconut, fish, shellfish, crustaceans, mollusks, celery, corn, sesame, mustard, lupin, sulfites, nightshades, tomatoes, and more
This easy blueberry oatmeal recipe is great for a busy weekday morning when you need something hearty to eat quickly. It is a recipe I keep on regular rotation in my house along with my brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal. For an overnight oats version of blueberry oatmeal, see my overnight oats recipe here.
Why you’ll love this oatmeal
- Quick and easy to make
- Hearty and Healthy breakfast
- Filled with fruit and wholesome oats
- Easy to customize so you never get bored of oatmeal again
This easy breakfast recipe only needs 6 ingredients to come together on the stovetop.
- Oats: Use your favorite type of oats to make this recipe. I recommend rolled oats. However, see below for more info on the different types of oats you can use.
- Blueberries: Use either fresh blueberries or frozen blueberries. I have found that frozen wild blueberries make for some of the best oatmeal. They have incredible flavor and are available all year long. Fresh berries are great in the summer.
- Sugar: Use white sugar or brown sugar. You can also make this refined sugar free by using maple syrup, agave syrup, coconut sugar, or date sugar. You only need a spoonful for the right amount of sweetness.
- Vanilla extract: I love to add this for a great depth of flavor.
- Milk: Use your favorite milk to make this rich and creamy. Some of my favorites to add are coconut milk, oat milk, or rice milk.
- Pinch of salt: To balance out the flavors.
To make this gluten free, make sure that you are using certified gluten free oats. Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats and Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats are two of my go-to brands.
If you are very sensitive to gluten, you can make this recipe with quinoa for a totally gluten free option!
If you are avoiding dairy, make this recipe with your favorite plant based milk in an equal amount.
Sometimes maple syrup can be processed with different allergens, causing very sensitive people to have a reaction. Anderson’s Maple Syrup states their allergy policy on their site and is one I use. If you are concerned, use either brown sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, or pancake syrup to make this.
The best type of oats
You can use any type of oats that you like for this recipe. The health benefits for each of the oats are similar, it’s just the method of cooking and cooking time that changes from each of the oatmeals. No matter which type you use, they are all a whole grain and part of a healthy and hearty breakfast. Here is a quick rundown of each of them.
Quick cooking oats (also known as quick oats or instant oats) are rolled oats that have been chopped into small pieces. That is what makes them cook so quickly!
To make quick oats, add the oatmeal and water to a microwave safe bowl and microwave for about 1 minute. Use a bowl that is much larger than you think so the oatmeal doesn’t expand out of the bowl.
Rolled oats (also known as old fashioned oats) are oats that have been flattened. They are similar to steel cut oats just in a flat shape. This flattening makes them both easier to cook and to digest.
To make rolled oats, cook oats and water on the stovetop for about 7 to 10 minutes, depending on how many oats you are cooking. They will be soft and creamy when done.
Steel cut oats are the least refined oats, the closest to what they are like off of the plant. They are the least processed of all the oat types.
To make, add half a cup of steel cut oats to 3 cups of water. Cook on the stovetop over low-medium heat for 25-30 minutes.
For the full instructions complete with recipe measurements, please see the recipe card below. You cand also use the "jump to recipe" button at the top of the page.
This recipe is so easy to make and quick to come together!
First up, you need to cook your oats according to the best method for cooking the oats you have. This recipe will be made with rolled oats, but you can adjust to quick oats or steel cut oats as you need.
First, combine the oats, blueberries (fresh or frozen), and water in a small to medium saucepan on the stove. Heat over low heat, cooking for about 10 minutes. You may need to add a little more water depending on how thick vs thin you prefer your oatmeal.
Stir consistently but not constantly to make sure the oats and blueberries all get evenly cooked.
Finally, after about 10 to 12 minutes, remove the oats from teh heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Easy peasy!
Serve immediately. This makes enough for 2 hungry kids or 1 hungry adult.
Flax blueberry oatmeal: Add 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds to the oatmeal before cooking. Cook as directed. This adds a ton of fiber and lots of omegas to the oatmeal, really boosting the health benefits. Chia seeds can also be added.
Blueberry Cheesecake oatmeal: Add a spoonful of cream cheese (dairy or dairy free) to the oatmeal after cooking. This makes it so creamy and a lot like a cheesecake!
Nut or Seed Butter: Add a spoonful of a nut or seed butter like almond butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter as a way to boost the protein.
Fruity Oatmeal: Add a mashed banana or lemon zest or orange zest as a quick way to get some different flavors.
Any type of milk you like! Dairy milk, goat milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, the list goes on and on.
If you want to make it extra creamy, use a vanilla coffee creamer.
Yes! Oatmeal is a very healthy breakfast.
Oats are filled with dietary fiber, plant based proteins, and complex carbohydrates. They can reduce blood sugar levels, lower bad cholesterol, and have been proven to keep you full for a long time.
Blueberries are full of antioxidants, help protect against aging, and are full of vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.
Top Blueberry Oatmeal Tips!
- You can use either fresh or frozen blueberries. I personally think that wild frozen blueberries are the sweetest and have the most flavor. They are the ones I typically use.
- Use a really large bowl if you're making quick oats in the microwave. Oats have a tendency to get really big! That way you know for sure it won’t overflow.
How to Store
Oatmeal is best served immediately after cooking.
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- Cooking spoon
- measuring spoons
- measuring cups
- Bowl and spoon
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon sugar white or brown sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, maple syrup, etc
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅓ cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- ¼ cup milk dairy or plant based
- Pinch of salt
- In the saucepot, combine the oats with blueberries and water.
- Cook the oats.
- For rolled oats: Use 1 ⅓ cups water and ½ cup of oats. Heat over low heat and let it cook for 10 to 12 minutes. Add more water if necessary. You want the oats to cook for at least 10 minutes to fully cook.
- For quick oats: Use 1 cup of water and ½ cup of oats. Heat over low heat and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 1 minute after cooking.
- For Steel Cut Oats: Use ½ cup of oats and 3 cups of water. Heat over low heat and cook for 25 to 30 minutes. Add the blueberries in the final 3 minutes of cooking if making with steel cut oats.
- Add final ingredients. After cooking the oats, remove from the heat and add the sugar, vanilla extract, milk, and pinch of salt. Stir well to combine. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
- Flax blueberry oatmeal: Add 1 teaspoon of ground flax seeds to the oatmeal before cooking. Cook as directed. This adds a ton of fiber and lots of omegas to the oatmeal, really boosting the health benefits. Chia seeds can also be added.
- Blueberry Cheesecake oatmeal: Add a spoonful of cream cheese (dairy or dairy free) to the oatmeal after cooking. This makes it so creamy and a lot like a cheesecake!
- Nut or Seed Butter: Add a spoonful of a nut or seed butter like almond butter, peanut butter, or sunflower seed butter as a way to boost the protein.
- Fruity Oatmeal: Add a mashed banana or lemon zest or orange zest as a quick way to get some different flavors.
- Allergy substitutions
- To make this gluten free, make sure that you are using certified gluten free oats. Bob’s Red Mill Rolled Oats and Trader Joe’s Rolled Oats are two of my go-to brands.
- If you are very sensitive to gluten, you can make this recipe with quinoa for a totally gluten free option!
- If you are avoiding dairy, make this recipe with your favorite plant based milk in an equal amount.
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