Ginger Beer Oats with Kiwi

Bear with me on this one (awful pun narrowly averted)! Beer for breakfast isn’t as odd as it sounds.

Ginger beer originated in Yorkshire, England in the 1800s as a drink brewed with ginger, sugar, water, lemon juice, and a bacteria for fermentation called “ginger beer plant.” The alcohol content will disappear quickly as it cooks, but many modern ginger beers are categorised as non-alcoholic anyway because the alcoholic byproduct of fermentation is so minuscule. This results in a taste not unlike Canadian ginger ale, which is simply carbonated water flavoured with ginger. Both are sweetened, but ginger beer tends to be spicier, which is why I love using it in this recipe.

Ginger Beer for Ginger Beer Oats

Pleasantly prominent when paired with the freshly grated ginger root, the flavour goes well with tart kiwi and the mellow nuttiness of oat. By the time the oats are cooked, the beer will have reduced into a gingery syrup that nixes the need for any additional sweetener.

Oat Groats for Ginger Beer Oats

These oats are in the form of whole groats, which is basically just the original grain with the tough outer hull removed. When these are cut up, you get steel-cut/pinhead oats; when they’re steamed and flattened, you get rolled oats and instant oats. Generally, foods become less nutritious with more processing, so groats are your best bet if you’ve got a bit more time to spare. You can substitute with rolled oats, but be aware that the texture will lack the nice toothiness of groats and pinhead oats.

Kiwi for Ginger Beer Oats

Kiwi, in season until the end of July, is the base of this simple fruit topping. I’ve always been a fan of tart fruits, happily gobbling up all the sour grapes that my family left rejected at the bottom of the bowl. If that’s not your thing, any other fruit could work and the amount of honey can be easily adjusted to the extremity of your sweet tooth.

Ginger Beer Oats

Ginger Beer Oats with Kiwi
(serves 1)

  • 65g (⅓ cup) oat groats
  • 180ml (¾ cup) ginger beer
  • water, as needed
  • 100ml (½ cup) oat milk
  • 2 kiwis, scooped
  • ½ inch ginger root, grated
  • 60ml (¼ cup) ginger beer
  • honey, to taste

Soak groats in room temperature overnight to reduce cooking time.
Drain and cover with fresh water, bringing to a boil before covering loosely and reducing to a simmer on low heat. Cook for about 15 minutes, adding water as needed. If you didn’t soak them the night before, this might take around 40 minutes. Towards the end of cooking, splash in the ginger beer and cook for another few minutes until reduced and thickened.
Meanwhile, cook the chunks of kiwi with ginger beer, grated ginger, and honey over low heat until softened and syrupy.
Serve kiwi compote over the hot oats with a splash of cold oat milk.

Ginger Beer Oats

Ginger Beer Oats


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6 Responses to Ginger Beer Oats with Kiwi

  1. Whenever I drink a Ginger Ale, I always wish it had more ginger flavor. Hence why I much prefer ginger beer. I love the super spicy ones. Interesting idea to spruce up oats with it!

  2. shuhan says:

    Feels so odd (but nice) to be back in the blogsphere. Thanks so much for the sweet comment for before all the madness at school started! I’m back! Alive!

    Love how you’ve spruced up your breakfast oats with ginger beer,great great idea. I love oats for breakfast,but am horribly boring. Milk or water or the most exciting I get is coconut milk. Should def try this! Looks gorgeous! x

    • wandercrush says:

      The blogsphere is glad to have you back!
      Hahah, I eat so many oats that I’ve got to do something new once in a while! Coconut milk sounds so indulgent, I can just imagine it on a cold winter morning. I recommend the ginger beer for sweet tooth mornings.

  3. Sissi says:

    This looks like one of the most intriguing and unusual recipes I have ever seen. I love it! (Can you imagine I have never tasted ginger ale/beer?).

    • wandercrush says:

      Oh wow, I’m glad to have concocted something unique in the blogosphere! You should definitely seek out some ginger beer (ginger ale is a bit underwhelming if you’re expecting the ginger flavour) next time you get a chance. It’s worth a taste!

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