Blueberry Almond Oatmeal (Gluten-Free, Vegan)



Having a bowl of warm freshly cooked oatmeal or oats in the morning is a great way to add beneficial nutrients and fiber to your diet. Studies have shown that eating whole grains (that contain high amounts of dietary fiber), like oats, reduces the risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer, and type 2 diabetes. It also helps with weight loss.

There are many ways to include oats in your diet if you don’t like to eat it plain. You can add it whole, or ground up into oat flour, in your cookies, muffins, scones, biscuits, breads, and to make granola.

Have you ever wondered about how rolled oats are processed and how they came about with the different kinds of oats? I recently bought steel cut oat groats (Irish or pinhead), which I had kept putting off buying because I thought it was difficult to prepare. Although it took around 30 minutes to prepare, after soaking overnight, it was worth the experience. I also wanted to add some to my oatmeal soap for its exfoliating properties.

Different types of oats:

1. Whole oat groats are harvested grains which have the inedible hulls removed, they take the longest to cook (45- 60 minutes).

2. Steel Cut oats, also known as Irish or pinhead oats, are oat groats that are cut into 2 or 3 pieces using a sharp steel blade, allowing them to cook quicker than whole oat groats (around 20-40 minutes).

3. Scottish Oats are made using stone to grind the whole groats in smaller pieces of different sizes, when cooked it is believed to make a creamier porridge than steel cut.

4. Rolled Oats or Old-Fashioned Oats are made by steaming whole oat groats, then rolling them into flakes and drying them. The flakes have a greater surface area and therefore cook a lot faster (around 10 minutes). They tend to have a chewier texture in baked goods.

5. Quick or Instant Oats are rolled oats that are pressed thinner than rolled oats. They cook even faster than rolled oats and are mushier than rolled oats. I tend to prefer rolled oats over quick oats and find that rolled oats can be used in placed of quick oats in most recipes.


For: 2 Servings


  1. Combine oats, water, and milk, and bring to boil in a medium-sized saucepan. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 5- 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in flax seeds, banana, and maple syrup. Serve with almonds and blueberries on top.
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  1. Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast meals. I’ll have to give this recipe a try to spruce up my normal routine.

  2. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    yum! I eat oatmeal almost everyday and I’m always looking for new recipes to try. This one looks great!

  3. i think i am finally ready to start incorporating oatmeal into my morning routines as it sounds like it will be a great addition for my health

  4. My dad is the oatmeal eater in our family. When he makes it and I just happen to wander over in the morning it’s the only time I’ll eat it. It’s just raisins and a little milk for us! Yum!


    I love oatmeal served any which way. I try to mix it up for the kids so I’ll be sure to try your recipe.

  5. Patrice M Foster

    Love banana in my oatmeal with peanut butter. I have try steel cut oats take longer to cook. So I get the other kind roll oats. Your recipe is on point.

  6. Julie Syl Kalungi

    I love my oats creamy, and not chewy.Some oats are so chewy you would think you are eating an old goat lol. I love blueberries in my oatmeal and I should try almonds in there too!

  7. Elizabeth Towns

    I love steel cut oats – but I usually purchase them pre-made. I’m wondering now if I should attempt them for myself.

  8. The nice thing about oats is the varieties all have the same nutrition. So choose based on what form you like.

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