Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal

ALERT!!! It’s orange season! It’s cara cara orange season! It’s blood orange season!

This might surprise you, but oranges are one of my absolute favorite fruits. I don’t eat them much in my oatmeal (I find their flavor is muted in porridge), but they are one of my favorite fruits to eat as a snack.

Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal - The Oatmeal Artist With beautiful blood oranges back in season, I was determined to make another recipe. This time, I discovered the trick to making better citrus oatmeal: zest.

I should have known this was true, considering how much I love lemon extract, which is imitates lemon zest far more than lemon juice. I’m not sure why it took so long for me to figure this out. All I need to do was zest one of the orange halves into the oatmeal, and it changed the game.

Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist #vegan

I chose blueberries because I’m going through a blueberry phase, but I could see this recipe working with blackberries or raspberries, too.

Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal by the Oatmeal Artist


P.S. I actually made this using quick oats. I can’t believe after all this time, I’ve fallen in love with quick oats. I used to swear by old-fashioned, but…

Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 1

What you'll need:

  • 1 blood orange
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1/4 tsp lemon juice
  • zest from one half of blood orange
  • pinch of salt
  • handful of blueberries (or any berry)

How to make it:

  1. Prep your blood orange.
  2. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/4 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you’d like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
  3. Immediately add half of the blood orange either by dropping in the segments and stirring, or juicing it. I juiced. (Save the rest for topping.)
  4. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add lemon juice, orange zest, and salt. Stir.
  5. When you’re pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Add a splash of your milk of choice, remaining orange segments, blueberries, and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).

Blood Orange and Berry Oatmeal

About Lauren Smith

Lauren is a herbivore, Slytherin, and connoisseur of oats. She is a former teacher who is currently studying to earn a master's degree in curriculum development. You can follow her on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

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