Berry & cinnamon oat bowls

A bowl of oats is a nutritious breakfast and doesn’t have to be the same every day. Here is a fun and colourful way to brighten up your next breakfast. Berries are known for their health benefits as they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and a natural way to sweeten the oats. Enjoy the flavour combination of these fruits with a dash of lemon zest, cinnamon and a sprinkle of nuts and seeds.

Ready in

30 mins

Serving size

Serves 4


  • 1 cup (250 ml) uncooked oats
  • 3 cups (750 ml) water (see tips)
  • ½ tsp (2,5 ml) ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 400-450 g berries, like strawberries, blueberries and gooseberries, cut to your preference (see tips)
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) flaked almonds or more seeds
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) finely grated lemon rind (optional)


  1. Place oats, water, cinnamon and salt in a saucepan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat. When it begins to simmer, stir continuously to prevent lumps. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes or until cooked to your preference.
  2. Spoon oats into bowls and top each portion with fresh berries, seeds and nuts. Add a sprinkle of grated lemon rind and serve immediately.





  1. Choose any fresh berries of your choice to enjoy with the oats. Raspberries and blackberries are also delicious. Plums also work well or try pears or bananas in winter – cut into cubes and sprinkle over the oats.
  2. If preferred, the oats can be prepared with 1½ cups (375 ml) each milk and water for a creamier texture. You can add more liquid to the oats, depending on the consistency you prefer.
  3. Add fresh mint leaves to the oats just before serving for a refreshing flavour.
  4. Frozen blueberries or raspberries can be added to the oats during the cooking time. The oats will change colour and have a delicious flavour. Use ½ cup (125 ml) frozen berries to cook with the oats. Serve with extra fresh berries.
  5. If preferred, the flaked almonds and pumpkin seeds can be replaced with any other nuts or seeds. Sunflower seeds, macadamia nuts or even chopped raw almonds work well. A sprinkle of coconut shavings will also be delicious.
  6. Serve with milk or dollops of plain unsweetened yoghurt, if preferred, to make it even more filling.
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