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Berry and Syrup Porridge

Having Berry and Syrup Porridge for breakfast is a warm and comforting way to start your day. It’s a nutritious and filling meal that’s packed with whole grains, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

It’s made on the stove and can be enjoyed right away or stored for enjoying tomorrow. So much yummier than store-bought oatmeal without all the sugar and preservatives, this is the recipe you’ve been looking for!

I’m a fan of yummy breakfast ideas! If you are too, then try my Vegan Pancakes (light and fluffy!). For a simple breakfast smoothie idea, you can make this 3-ingredient Green Juice recipe in minutes!

Why You’ll Love Berry and Syrup Porridge

Berry and Syrup Porridge is a super delicious and satisfying breakfast. And to make it even better, it’s also packed with nutrients!

Because it contains a combination of brown rice, pearl barley, and steel-cut oats, it’s a great source of fiber and complex carbs that will keep you full of energy all morning.

Plus, because you add fresh berries and maple syrup, it’s naturally sweetened without added refined sugars. Win, Win, Win!

Helpful Equipment To Make Berry Porridge

Here’s what you need to make this breakfast berry porridge recipe:

Recipe Ingredients

To make the porridge:

  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1/2 cup of pearl barley
  • 1/2 of steel cut oats
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Serve with:

  • 1/4 cup of hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup of vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 60 grams of blackberries
  • 60 grams of raspberries
  • 60 grams of strawberries
ingredients for Berry and Syrup Porridge

How To Make Berry and Syrup Porridge

Measure your rice, pearl barley, steel cut oats, water, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt, and pour into a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and allow the mixture to simmer for 40 minutes, or until all the grains are tender through. You’ll need to stir occasionally so the mixture doesn’t stick to the pan.

Add in the milk and maple syrup. Continue to simmer, stirring constantly for 5 minutes.

Serve the porridge in a bowl topped with hazelnuts, more maple syrup, fresh berries, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Cooked Berry and Syrup Porridge plus ingredients to add to cooked porridge

Prep Time

It takes 5 minutes to prep this porridge, and 45 minutes to cook.

What Else Can I Top My Porridge With?

I like to top my porridge with maple syrup, berries, cinnamon, and hazelnuts, but there are plenty of great options for toppings. I just dig around in my cupboard to see what I can find. Here are a few ideas:

  • Dried fruit like apples, cranberries, or apricots
  • Sliced bananas
  • Chopped nuts
  • Coconut flakes
  • Chia seeds
  • Raisins
  • Yogurt
  • Apple sauce
  • Granola
  • Flaxseed
  • Dates
Cooked Berry and Syrup Porridge with a hand pouring syrup on the porridge with berries waiting in the background

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Oatmeal: Use regular rolled oats instead of steel cut (but don’t use quick oats).
  • Maple syrup: Use honey, golden syrup (Australian) or agave nectar instead.
  • Milk: You don’t have to use cow’s milk, you can use almond or soy milk instead.
  • Berries: You can use any type of berry you want! I don’t recommend frozen berries, though. I prefer fresh.

Can I Make This Porridge Recipe Vegan?

It’s pretty easy to make this recipe vegan-friendly. Just substitute the milk with vegan-friendly milk like almond or soy milk. Also, omit the yogurt as a topping.

Tips & Tricks and Recipe Notes

  • Make sure you only add your milk at the end. If you add it near the start and try to boil the oats in the milk, your porridge will continue to boil over, making a huge mess on your stove.
  • For a bit of extra flavor, add a small pinch of salt to the oats.
  • Don’t walk away from your porridge while it cooks. Keep a close eye and stir often so it doesn’t burn.
  • Double the recipe (in a larger pot) to have plenty of porridge for the next few days!

How to Store 

Porridge will stay fresh for 3 days in the fridge. Just reheat in a pan over medium heat or microwave in 30-second bursts until hot. You might have to add a touch of water or milk to return it to its original consistency.

You can also freeze this porridge in small containers for up to 3 months.

Berry and Syrup Porridge with ingredient in the background

FAQs

Is porridge and berries good for you?

Berries and porridge is quite good for you! Of course, take your own health and dietary needs into consideration, but porridge is a hearty and filling breakfast that’s full of nutrients, fiber, healthy fats, and vitamins.

Can I put frozen berries in my porridge?

Of course, you can put any berries you want in your porridge! However, I find frozen berries to be a bit soggy when they thaw, so I prefer fresh.

How can I make porridge taste better?

If plain porridge is a bit too bland for you, you can add sweetener to give it a bit of sweetness. Try a bit of maple syrup, agave nectar, liquid stevia, or brown sugar.

Berries and other dried fruits can provide natural sweetness, and a dollop of vanilla yogurt can also taste amazing!

Berry and Syrup Porridge with a bowl of berries in the background

Conclusion

Berry and Syrup Porridge is an incredibly delicious way to begin the day! This recipe is really easy to customize to your liking and will be a warm and comforting breakfast or late-evening snack that will keep you full and give you the boost of energy you need.

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Berry and Syrup Porridge with ingredient in the background

Berry and Syrup Porridge


  • Author: Sam
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

Having Berry and Syrup Porridge for breakfast is a warm and comforting way to start your day. It’s a nutritious and filling meal that’s packed with whole grains, and naturally sweetened with maple syrup.

It’s made on the stove and can be enjoyed right away or stored for enjoying tomorrow. So much yummier than store-bought oatmeal without all the sugar and preservatives, this is the recipe you’ve been looking for!

I’m a fan of yummy breakfast ideas! If you are too, then try my Vegan Pancakes (light and fluffy!). For a simple breakfast smoothie idea, you can make this 3-ingredient Green Juice recipe in minutes!


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 cup of brown rice
  • 1/2 cup of pearl barley
  • 1/2 of steel cut oats
  • 5 cups of water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Serve with

  • 1/4 cup of hazelnuts
  • 3/4 cup of vanilla yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 60 grams of blackberries
  • 60 grams of raspberries
  • 60 grams of strawberries

Instructions

  1. In a pot add the rice, pearl barley, steel cut oats, water, cinnamon, vanilla and salt.
  2. Place on a medium heat; bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, allow to simmer for 40 minutes or until the grains are tender. Ensure you stir occasionally to prevent sticking to the pan.
  4. Mix in the milk and maple syrup. Stir for roughly 5 minutes.
  5. Serve porridge in a bowl, top with hazelnuts, maple syrup, berries and cinnamon.

Notes

  • You can make this recipe the night before, stopping before you add the milk and syrup. Place the porridge in the fridge without the toppings.
    Reheat with milk in a pan or in the microwave for 1.5-2 minutes (depending on your serving size).
  • Store left over porridge in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Stir through extra milk and serve with your toppings.
  • You can pick and choose whatever fruit or berries you want.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup or can’t find it, you can use any type of syrups such as honey or golden syrup (in Australia)
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: International

Keywords: breakfast, porridge, berries

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