I hated oatmeal as a kid, like the thought of eating it was repulsive. That tended to be true of a lot of foods for me though because I was the pickiest eater ever. As I got older I started to eat oatmeal a little more here and there but still wasn’t crazy about it. I didn’t realize that I just needed to start making it from scratch instead of eating the packaged stuff.
I tended to avoid steel cut oats though because I always thought they were a big pain to make and the one time I tried to make them I was right. I don’t even know what I did wrong but even though I soaked them over night and cooked them they still ended up firm when I went to eat them.
I decided it was time to try them again though and I was not disappointed! This recipe is easy and so worth the extra time it takes to cook the oats and berries.
The best part is you can tweak it using whatever you fancy. Berries and stonefruit works best for the compote so use whatever you have or whatever is in season. You can also use frozen fruit if you’d like.
If you do try this or any other recipe, let me know! Leave a comment and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #modernlittlevictories on Instagram! I’d love to hear what you think and what you create in your kitchen.
Chia Berry Oatmeal (Vegan + Gluten Free)
- ¾ cup steel cut oats
- 1.5 cups water
- 1 cup blueberries & blackberries or fruit of your choice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tbsp slivered almonds
Start your oats by bringing 1.5 cups water to a boil on medium high in a small saucepan. Once the water is boiling add your oats and swirl to make sure they are all coated. Turn the heat down to low and let cook for 15-20 minutes
While your water is starting to boil add your fruit to a small pan on medium heat with a water or juice about ¼ cup. Let the fruit cook until it’s bubbling. With a wooden spoon mash the fruit a little. Turn the heat to low and add in your chia seeds and continue to cook until it comes to a thicker consistency.
Once your oats and compote are finished all you have to do is put your oats in a bowl and add your toppings. All of which are negotiable of course. You can sub peanut butter for almond butter or any kind of nuts instead of almonds.
Recipe NotesYou can add a little bit of coconut sugar to your oats if you’d like to sweeten them a little.
Same goes for the compote. If you find that it’s too bitter you can add sugar, agave, or honey if you’re not going the vegan route.
The chia seeds being cooked with the fruit will allow it to gel up a bit so if you find that it’s too watery don’t worry. If you don’t want it gelled up a bit then wait until you have removed the compote from the heat to add them or omit them all together.