Blueberry Pancake Oatmeal Recipe

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Who doesn’t love blueberry pancakes? And who doesn’t love oatmeal? In this Blueberry Pancake Oatmeal Recipe the two combine and it’s magic!

Blueberry Pancake Oatmeal Recipe

On Tuesday night the tornado sirens went off. They made my toddler (J) cry. I bundled him up along with my laptop and cell phone and we hid in the closet.

My husband (G) was on his way home. I hoped his car was nowhere near the storm’s path. I was scared. I’m just not used to the crazy weather here in Florida. (Don’t even mention the H-word).

J and I huddled in the closet and watched monster truck videos on Youtube (his fave is Grave Digger) in between FB checks to see if my nearby friends had news (I trust them more than the weather stations!).

Finally, the sirens stopped and G got home. What a relief.

This morning I peeked out the window at palm trees drooping and tangled like wet dog hair. I made coffee, got J up and made him some hot cocoa. I watched him slurping and thought it would be nice to start this cold (erm…cold-ish) rainy day with blueberry pancakes.

But I didn’t have the energy. We’d stayed up late and J had been up early (and we of course used the excuse of some good storm-watching to break our no-wine-on-weeknights rule).

Instead, I decided to make this blueberry pancake oatmeal recipe, which was inspired by blueberry pancakes but doesn’t involve as much standing at the stove.

If you love warm, warm and healthy breakfasts like oatmeal, you’ll also want to check out my quinoa breakfast bowl recipe!

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
OK! Let’s make this blueberry pancake oatmeal recipe!

Blueberry Pancake Oatmeal

It's the buttermilk and, well, the blueberries that give this oatmeal its blueberry pancake twist.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups quick-cooking steel cut Irish oatmeal*
  • 4 tbsp wheat germ
  • 1½ cups dried blueberries (or blueberry-juice-infused dried cranberries)**
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup maple syrup (plus more for garnish if you'd like)
  • ¼ cup buttermilk (plus more for garnish if you'd like)

Directions:

  1. Bring 4½ cups water to the boil in a large covered pot over high heat. Add the oatmeal, wheat germ and dried blueberries. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes (or to desired consistency).
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the maple syrup and buttermilk. Scoop generously into soup bowls.
  3. Drizzle each serving with about a tablespoon of buttermilk and one of maple syrup or put the buttermilk and syrup on the table so your family members can adjust for themselves.

*You can make this with any kind of oatmeal. Cook according to package directions, adding the dried fruit when you add the oatmeal. Then add buttermilk and syrup. Stir. Serve.

**I prefer using dried berries because I don't like the weird purply color the oatmeal takes on if you use fresh or frozen. But since blueberry pancakes sometimes have that weird color, you have my blessing to use whatever style blueberry you've got. Add frozen berries to the boiling water. Wait until it comes back to the boil before adding the oatmeal. Add fresh ones when the oatmeal has about 3 minutes left of cooking time.