Red velvet oatmeal porridge is a variant of my Chocolate oatmeal. With a little switch of ingredients used, you can get creative and make the perfect red breakfast treat for yourself and your on Valentine’s Day or any morning you feel like springing up something different.
Red Velvet Oatmeal Recipe
Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast recipes for my family because of the health benefits of oats. From time to time I try to switch things up and get creative by making it in different flavors.
This red velvet oatmeal is simply oats made with ingredients used to make red velvet cakes, waffles and pancakes to add some fun into your breakfast.
Ingredients needed for this oat recipe.
- Traditional Oats
- Sweetener of choice
- Cocoa powder
- Red food color
- Vanilla extract Merry
How to make Red velvet oatmeal step by step
Add milk buttermilk, milk, cocoa powder salt, vanilla extract and sweetener to a stainless steel sauce pan. Mix together and turn on the heat.
Stir in oats, cook till fully cooked, stir in food color
Mix in food color till well incorporated, serve and enjoy.
Make it in the Instant Pot
Oh yes I hear you are looking for a more hands free method. An Instant pot/ pressure cooker will do the trick and here’s how to do it.
Dump all the ingredients in your instant pot, cover and select manual pressure on high. Then set time to 4 minutes. When the cycle is complete, do a quick release and serve with more milk and your favorite toppings.
There are variety of toppings that make your oatmeal even more interesting than it already is.
- Chocolate chips
- Pomegranate arils
- Flavored syrups
Want to make this Red velvet oatmeal recipe Dairy free, Vegan or Plant based.
Good news, oatmeal is one of the recipes that can easily be adapted to a plant based breakfast. For this red velvet oatmeal recipe, I used buttermilk and regular milk, you can easily swap it out with any plant based milk you like. Coconut milk works great for this recipe.
If you aren’t using sugar use any plant based sweetener like maple syrup or vegan honey substitute.
How to store cooked oatmeal
Though oatmeal is a fast and easy meal that can be whipped up in less than 15 mins. Sometimes you might not even have that 15 minutes to spare.
If that’s the case, then you are in luck. Cooked oatmeal can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days if it’s made with milk. You can store for longer if your base was water.
To store oatmeal, let the porridge cool completely then store in portioned containers so that it can be reheated easily with no left overs. If storing long term like in the
Can you freeze it?
You can also freeze cooked oatmeal porridge. Simply let it cool, divide into portions and store in freezer and microwave friendly portioned containers for easy reheating. It will keep for up to a month.
If storing in the freezer, I would recommend cooking the oats with water and not milk. You can add all the milk you want when you reheat it. Freezing oatmeal isn’t what I have needed to do anyway but I know people who do it.
How to reheat
Add some water or milk as the case may be, then pop into the microwave and reheat till porridge is hot! hot! hot! Let it cool a bit and serve.
Other creative oatmeal recipes
- Apple cinnamon Oatmeal: The Perfect breakfast with your favorite fall flavors.
- Decadent Chocolate Oat porridge: For the chocolate lover. This probably a nice treat for Valentine’s breakfast if you don’t want to add a pop of color.
- Turmeric Oatmeal: Breakfast for champions. Beautiful color loaded with benefits from the combination of oats and turmeric powder.
- Brown sugar cinnamon oatmeal: One of your favorite Quaker Oats flavors made from scratch in the comforts of your cozy kitchen.
- Ube oatmeal porridge. If you love my Ube ice cream which I really love by the way, then this Filipino inspired breakfast porridge would definitely make you smile.
- Pumpkin spice oatmeal porridge
Quick Recipe Notes and Tips
- Use certified gluten oats to make this recipe gluten free.
- You don’t have to use buttermilk. You can use water while cooking the oats and add milk later.
- Buttermilk substitute using milk and vinegar wouldn’t work for this recipe.
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Red velvet oatmeal recipe
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats (if gluten-free use certified gluten-free oats)
- 1 cup Buttermilk
- 2 ½ cups milk (You can also use a mix of water and milk)
- 2 Tablespoon Sugar (Or any sweetener of choice; maple syrup, honey etc)
- 1 ½ Tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 to 3 drops red food coloring (See note 1 for alternative coloring)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Pomegranate arils
- Chocolate chunks
- Fruits of choice
- Add milk, sugar, salt, vanilla extract and cocoa powder to saucepan Mix and turn on heat to medium.
- Add the oats to the milk cocoa mixture. Add the food color and Cook on medium till fully cooked. Takes about 6 mins to get fully cooked. Stir continuously to prevent burning. Serve with more milk, toppings of choice.
- If you would rather not use food coloring gel. Use beet powder or hibiscus petal powder to add some color the oatmeal. If you do so, mix it in when you add the cocoa powder.
- Use certified gluten free oats if you are gluten free.
- You can substitute milk with plant based milk if you are dairy free or vegan. You can also substitute some of the milk in the recipe with water if you want.