Pretty Pink Oatmeal Recipes – Vanilla & Beetroot

I eat oatmeal (or ‘porridge’ as I say in the UK) at least 4 or 5 times a week and have been posting recipes on instagram regularly. But it’s been a while since I shared one of the blog. This bowl full of vanilla and beetroot oatmeal looked so pretty and pink that I decided it was the perfect one to share – especially since it is coming up to Valentine’s day Winking Face on Apple iOS 11.2Image result for pink heart emoji

What makes this pink oatmeal pink?

The pink colour comes from beetroot powder. I used a tub from Nutristrength that I was given to create this recipe, but I have tried other brands before and they are quite similar. I like beetroot powder because it has a strong colour, sweet taste and doesn’t have as much of an earthy taste as real beetroot. Also, you can also use it to make a beetroot latte!

I took a look through my instagram feed and have shared some different variations of pink oatmeal recipes at the bottom of this posts for beetroot lovers, haters and anyone who just doesn’t want to buy beetroot powder!

Vanilla Beetroot Oatmeal for Valentines day

beetroot vanilla porridge
Pretty Pink Vanilla and Beetroot Oatmeal
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
7 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1 person
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened rice milk (or other plant-based milk e.g. almond)
  • 1/2 tsp beetroot powder
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (approx. 15g)
  1. Add the oats and rice milk to a pan. Cook on medium until the texture is slightly runnier than you usually like your oats. This is usually about 3-4 minutes for me. (You can also cook them in the microwave according to the instructions on the packet, but be careful to watch them so that they don't boil over)

  2. Stir in the beetroot powder and protein powder. Continue to cook until it reaches your desired texture - usually about 1 minute for me.

  3. Pour the oats into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. I have used banana, berries and qnola puffs.

More Pretty Pink Porridge Recipes

This recipe is pretty similar, but uses a bit more beetroot powder and less milk, so the colour is stronger. Try this recipe if you love beetroot. Valentine's day oatmeal recipe beetroot powder


You can add extra sweetener, such as half an apple (grated). Plus, coconut works really well with beetroot, so I’d definitely recommend it as a topping.

Valentine's day oatmeal recipe beetroot powder and apple


You could use real beetroot for added flavour and a brilliant bright pink colour to your oatmeal.

Valentine's day oatmeal recipe fresh real beetroot



If you’re not a fan of beetroot then you could use mashed raspberries instead to make pink porridge.

Valentine's day oatmeal recipe raspberries


Or pimp up the raspberry oatmeal recipe with chia seeds and mint. Choose to leave the oats to soak overnight and eat them cold, or cook it as normal.

Valentine's day oatmeal recipe raspberries and chia

Finally, you can get creative with the toppings. BeLoved date hearts and strawberries make a very romantic topping! And did you spot those gingerbread men in the photo above?

Valentine's day oatmeal recipe heart topping


Hope you enjoyed this post.

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  1. January 24, 2018 / 6:37 pm

    All of these look delicious! I’ve never tried beetroot powder but it sounds yummy

    • January 24, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      I think you would like it 🙂 There seems to be a lot you can do with it – I’m sure you’d make some interesting recipes.

      • January 24, 2018 / 8:57 pm

        You’ve sold it to me! I’ll definitely pick some up and start experimenting!

  2. January 24, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    oh I had never even heard of beetroot powder before but this looks amazing I even think the kids would eat it as its pink

  3. January 24, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    These looks lovely i always fall in love with these pretty bowls 🙂

  4. January 24, 2018 / 8:44 pm

    I would never have guessed the pink was from Beetroot. I know it’s a superfood but I think I’d prefer to use raspberries.

  5. January 24, 2018 / 9:31 pm

    Ooh well this is one way to get my girls to eat porridge!! Im not a fan to be honest but I would definitely try it like this! It looks so pretty!

  6. January 25, 2018 / 6:48 am

    These are so pretty!! I love the bowl with the gingerbread in them – super cute and look very tasty x

  7. January 25, 2018 / 9:30 am

    I do love me some oatmeal,especially with brown sugar on top. I’m afraid that while it is pretty,I would pass on pink oatmeal.

  8. January 25, 2018 / 11:07 am

    I’ve akways thought of porridge being tasteless and not very pretty, but you completely changed my view, this is so stunning and looks delicious. Might have to steal your recipe and make myself this for breakfast some time.

  9. January 25, 2018 / 11:27 am

    Wow the beetroot powder has really made it such a stunning colour, much more appetizing to eat than normal porridge x

  10. January 25, 2018 / 1:47 pm

    I love creative porridge toppings – they make the bowl so instagramable and add that extra crunch of yumminess 🙂

  11. Yeah Lifestyle
    January 25, 2018 / 3:57 pm

    Loving all your topping suggestions, it looks so pretty and healthy. The raspberry porridge is going to be on my list to try out next.

  12. January 25, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    I would never have thought to put beetroot with porridge or by adding in vanilla but it really does look so delicious and making me want to dive right in. The raspberry and mint alternative sounds great as well. So many new breakfast ideas to try.

  13. Joanna Davis
    January 26, 2018 / 10:41 am

    All of these bowls look so yummy, I would have troubles choosing which one to make first. The toppings sound great as well, as I am not a fan of simple porridge.

  14. January 26, 2018 / 1:05 pm

    oh my gosh this looks so beautiful! I almost wouldnt want to eat it haha! I bet it tastes amazing though! x

  15. Dannii
    January 26, 2018 / 3:54 pm

    Oooh what a lovely colour porridge. I bet having it pink would make it more appealing for some kids.

  16. January 26, 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Oh wow! I love this so much – I’m obsessed with using beetroot powder, and I eat oats almost every day too! Your pictures look SO delicious and vibrant – I’m suddenly feeling very hungry! xxx

  17. January 26, 2018 / 10:39 pm

    Using beetroot powder is an awesome idea. It just makes eating oatmeal more exciting!

  18. January 27, 2018 / 3:37 am

    Pretty in pink! I love all the ideas that you shared and I honestly don’t mind giving them a try. They all look so good and filling. What a lovely way to start your morning with!

  19. January 27, 2018 / 11:29 am

    This looks too cute to eat! What a lovely suggestion to try on our oatmeal. I also love eating this for breakfast at home.

  20. January 27, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    This has to be the most instagrammable breakfast I’ve ever seen! Far too pretty to eat! xxx

  21. January 28, 2018 / 11:27 am

    Isn’t beetroot just the best natural food colouring? I’ve never thought of pairing beetroot with coconut so well worth giving this a go.

  22. January 28, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    So colorful and I love to try this smoothies recipes for our breakfast! Glad you share this

  23. January 29, 2018 / 1:12 am

    I love beets, but I’ve never heard of beetroot powder. And having it with oatmeal is definitely a unique and novel ideal!

  24. January 30, 2018 / 2:42 pm

    I don’t like beetroot and wouldn’t have thought to use crushed raspberry as an alternative. I love the way it makes the porridge look, how cute is the porridge with gingerbread men

  25. January 31, 2018 / 12:21 am

    You’re right.. a pink porridge is really Instagramable. Thanks for the nice recipe idea.

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