Healthy, vegan oatmeal that tastes like a bowl of muffin batter topped with a warm blueberry compote.
In high school, one of my friends would frequently buy a blueberry muffin, only to spend fifteen minutes painstakingly removing every blueberry. Every single one.
Of course, her wonderfully polite friends would always point and ask, ‘Dude, why not just buy a plain muffin!?’ She claimed she liked the parts of the muffins that the blueberries touched, but not the blueberries themselves. Confused? I sure was. (And still are).
In fairness to this friend, the blueberry-removing wasn’t the weirdest food habit I saw at school. Another one of my friends would eat everything in layers. As in, imagine someone licking the chocolate off a Snickers bar first. Then eating the peanut-studded caramel layer. And then the nougat.
Yeah, it was pretty darn weird.
As odd as this may seem, those two memories inspired this oatmeal. Unlike most blueberry oatmeals, the blueberries sit on top of the oats. So you can stir them in, eat them first, pick them off – whatever works for you.
When I first thought of this breakfast, placing the blueberries on top of the oatmeals (instead of mixing them in) was just going to be a little homage to my high school memories. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.
For one thing, a warm blueberry compote sitting on top of a bowl of oatmeal is so much more exciting than just stirring in some blueberries. And the compote can be made using frozen blueberries (good for those of us who don’t want to spend a million dollars on berries).
Plus, the whole oatmeal doesn’t turn purple!