It’s June here in the UK – but you wouldn’t know it if you look outside! 15 degrees and raining.  It’s been like that for a while and no sign of the weather heating up so I have retreated back to eating warm oats for breakfast! Even the heating has been clicking on each morning so I am not alone in thinking it’s time to warm things up a little!  But I still topped it with some vibrant, Summer fruits like these juicy, sweet cherries and blueberries for that taste of Summer – even if the weather does not agree!  Oranges bring sunshine to any bowl so I am eating a lot of those at the moment too!

I like to soak my oats overnight in apple cider vinegar and plenty of water to release the phytic acid.  The next morning, I rinse under cold running water, add the oats to a pan with double the volume of plant-based milk and simmer for about 15 minutes until soft and creamy.  I feel it helps so much with my digestion.  It means you have to be organised the night before (which I am regularly NOT! so it’s not uncommon for me to be laying in bed, just dropping off to sleep, then thinking OATS!! then running downstairs in my pj’s in the dark to fill up a bowl of oats and top with water and vinegar!) When I am organised, I make 2-3 days worth of soaked oats so it makes life much easier and it’s one less thing to remember!

Warm Porridge Oats with Cherries, Blueberries & Orange

The Balanced Kitchen
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
overnight soaking 6 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine English
Servings 1 serving


  • 2/3 cup porridge oats
  • 1 splash apple cider vinegar
  • 1.5 cups plant-based milk


  • 1 orange peeled, sliced
  • 1 handful blueberries washed
  • 1 handful cherries washed, pitted
  • 1 spoonful shelled hemp seeds


  • Begin this recipe the night before if you prefer your oats pre-soaked. Place the oats in a bowl and top with plenty of water and a splash of apple cider vinegar. The next morning, rinse in a sieve under cold running water, then place the oats in a pan with the plant-based milk and simmer for 15 mins until thick and creamy.
  • If you prefer not to pre-soak your oats or you do not have time, simply cook the oats with the milk in the pan for 20 mins - check the fluid level and add more milk if the oats begin to dry out or stick to the pan.
  • Once the oats have cooked, allow to cool for a few minutes before adding to a bowl and topping with the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve.
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