Apple and Blackberry Oats | Vegan, GF

Hi guys, you’re getting a bonus recipe this week. This one was supposed to be featured in my 5 Autumnal Breakfast Ideas post that went up at the weekend. But I’d been planning that post for a while, made this recipe back in September then completely forgot about it. I was deleting some old photos from a memory card earlier this week and stumbled across these ones and realised what an idiot I’d been.  I didn’t want the recipe or photos to go to waste, so here’s my 6th breakfast idea in the last seven days, apple and blackberry oats.  

I know a lot of people like oats for breakfast in the colder months, it’s quick and easy, warm and filling. It’s also a little bit boring to have daily if you’re having them plain/ with just sweetener. So, here’s a fruity alternative.  

This does take longer. We start prepping this one as though we’re going to caramelise the apples then add the blackberries. Let them slowly simmer for a few minutes, as though we’re making a sauce. After that comes the traditional oatmeal ingredients. I topped it off with my date syrup because apparently, I can’t make a recipe without it these days…

Okay, so I made this in September when my date syrup was my only sweetener and that’s the main reason I’m using it here. But it’s healthier anyway, so that’s why I’m keeping it You could switch it out for a different syrup variety if you’d prefer.  

This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, vegan and soy free. It can be nut free if you’d prefer to use a different milk. 

4.78 from 9 votes

Apple & Blackberry Oats

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1


  • 40 g GF oats
  • ½ medium apple chopped and peeled
  • ½ cup blackberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp date syrup or alternative sweetener plus extra to serve


  1. Heat a large saucepan on a medium-high heat. Add the apples and half of the water and cook for 5 minutes until apples are golden around the edges, add a tbsp of liquid sweetener and cook for a further minute.
  2. Then add the blackberries and reduce to a low simmer. If using fresh blackberries, add the rest of the water too. Cook for a further 5 minutes until the blackberries become soft and start to fall apart when touched.
  3. Next, add the oats and almond milk and cook for 4-5 minutes until oats are cooked to your desired consistency. At this point, your blackberries should have disintegrated and oats are purple.
  4. Add additional sweetener to taste and any desired toppings.

Serve and enjoy!

Do you like to mix things up with your oats or prefer them plain? 

Until next time,  




  1. 25th October 2018 / 5:07 pm

    These look delicious! I love porridge on occasion – golden syrup with added fruit on top 🙂

  2. 25th October 2018 / 5:10 pm

    I so wish you lived with me, Sophie, all your recipes are delicious. This one is no exception, and please don’t ever say sorry for using your date syrup! This looks like the yummiest of breakfasts, I would love to wake up to this – your photos are making me really hungry 🙂 xx

    Lisa |

  3. 25th October 2018 / 5:11 pm

    This breakfast looks so good, I’m always very boring with what I have for breakfast and always seem to have the same things but this looks great as I love apples! Great post x

  4. Joy abou zeid
    25th October 2018 / 5:13 pm

    This breakfast looks so good! I never had oats in the morning honestly but i really want to start

  5. 25th October 2018 / 5:17 pm

    I use to eat oats all the time back at uni but it was pretty simple. Oats, yogurt, banana and honey. Loving that recipe! I love blackberry! Maybe it will make me go back to eating oats! 😉

  6. 25th October 2018 / 5:33 pm

    This looks so tasty. Your pictures are always amazing – it makes me hungry looking and reading your recipes! Also makes me want to try new recipes out. This looks like it would be nice and easy to create a really tasty breakfast! 🙂 thanks for sharing!


  7. 25th October 2018 / 5:48 pm

    This would definitely be a breakfast to look forward to! It’s such a great idea, I would have never thought to add caramelized apples to porridge but thinking about it now I imagine it tastes delicious. This looks so tasty, nutritious and comforting, and well worth the extra prep time. I feel like I need to be more creative with my breakfasts now! Thanks for the inspiration Sophie <3 xx

    Bexa |

  8. 25th October 2018 / 5:55 pm

    I honestly love your breakfast recipes! They always sound delicious and look amazing! Them could are just a-maze-ing! I’m definitely an Oates person, exspecially in the colder seasons so I’ll be giving this recipe a go!!

    Finlay Grace x

  9. Michelle Blackadar
    25th October 2018 / 8:29 pm

    ohhh this looks devine! i have been trying to for year find a way I like to eat oatmeal because I remember loving it when I was younger, I’ll have to put this on my list of ways to try it! great recipe, i really love how easy yet informative you make your recipes it’s very helpful xx

    mich /

  10. 26th October 2018 / 8:26 pm

    When winter comes round im oats all morning! This looks like a much tastier one with a variety of different flavours! Also love the new recipe rating underneath the comments!

  11. 26th October 2018 / 9:17 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. I would love to wake up in the morning and have something like this for breakfast – it’s like something you’d get when you wake up in a hotel on holiday! Great way to make plain oats a lot more fruity. I loved your previous breakfast post as well, breakfast goals!

    Chloe xx

  12. 26th October 2018 / 10:05 pm

    You had me at caramelized apples. This looks so good and delicious
    xoxo Ros (

  13. 27th October 2018 / 11:36 pm

    I love oats for breakfast! But I’ve never tried mixing fruits with it. I might have to try this one out, your recipes are really nice, Sophie!


  14. ian
    28th October 2018 / 1:04 am

    This is very good and healthy. Keep posting recipes like this. Makes me wanna buy some. 🙂

  15. 28th October 2018 / 4:07 am

    I love this recipe idea! It looks delicious and packed with all of the nice nutrients, hehe. It’s great that the recipe doesn’t take long to prepare. Thanks for sharing this recipe! I like to mix things up once in a while. I get bored when I eat the same thing over and over @__@.

    Nancy ♥

  16. 6th November 2018 / 9:45 am

    My husband is really into his breakfast oats at the moment so I’ll be sure to show him this! It also looks like a really lovely, warming pudding for the winter months! x x
    Ellis ||

  17. 6th November 2018 / 10:45 am

    This looks so good!! I’ve just started eating oats recently as a bit of a diet change, and Ive found it can get quite boring after eating it day after day, so i think ill have to give this recipe a go!! x

  18. 11th November 2018 / 9:06 pm

    This looks so delicious! I’ve been Vegan a couple of months now, so will definitely be trying this recipe. I hate oats plain so this looks perfect for me!

    Charlotte |

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