3 x Breakfast Oatmeals + Copenhagen Guide


Even though we have posted countless porridge recipes on this blog – baked, soaked and cooked – we recently realized that we never have posted one of our standard breakfast oatmeals. Oatmeal is one of the most common breakfasts for us on early weekday mornings. It’s quick to make and you only need one ingredient for the most basic recipe. But it can also be prepared in endless varieties depending on season and preference.

You can cook oats with water, fruit- or vegetable juice or any kind of milk. And you can either stick to just rolled oats or mix them with quinoa flakes, rye flakes, chia seeds, linseeds or any other kind of seed.

We have shared three different set-ups here. One with oat and rye flakes cooked on carrot juice, one standard oatmeal cooked with coconut milk and the last one has egg added to the oatmeal for a protein boost. We have also used different toppings on them. Berries, dried fruit, seeds, nibs, compotes, nut butters and even vegetables are often added to our oatmeals. Remember that the actual oatmeal is only 45 percent of the experience. The most important part are the toppings. So don’t be shy, build mountains of different toppings.

We’d love to see your oatmeal creations on Instagram. Hashtag it #gksbreakfast so we won’t miss out on anything. To be on the safe side you could also tag either David: @gkstories or Luise: @luisegreenkitchenstories

We’re looking forward to see what you come up with!



We were inspired to do this post about oatmeals after our recent visit to the Copenhagen porridge restaurant Grød. They serve both sweet and savory porridges and going there feels just like coming home, as they share our love for these warm grainy bowls. The carrot oatmeal further down is similar to something we had there.

We have also put together a list of our other favorite places in Copenhagen, in case some of you plan a visit during the summer.

Copenhagen Eating Guide
PapirØen – Copenhagen Street Food. Food trucks, containers and vendors. Indoor and outdoor food mekka, colourful and affordable food for everyone. Try the egg wrap filled with bean stew or enjoy a smoothie or drink with the beautiful view of Copenhagens canals. Hal 7 & 8, PapirØen, Trangravsvej 14, 1436 København K.
The A la Menthe – Morroccan cafe with amazing vegetarian lunch or dinner platters and of course fresh mint tea. Rådhusstræde 5 (near Strøget) 1466 Copenhagen K.
Stedsans – Organic rooftop restaurant located in Østerbro. You’re sitting in a greenhouse surrounded by a beautiful garden and a hen house. You pre-book and pay for the menu ahead and are then served a seriously delicious 6 course dinner. Everything is local, organic and seasonal, the menu is gluten free and optional vegetarian. Æbeløgade 4, 2100 Østerbro.
Foodie – Vegetarian, Vegan and gluten free falafel bar. They bake their own slow rising sourdough bread everyday and create very interesting and flavourful sandwich combinations. They have a large selection of vegetarian sandwiches and stews. Amagerbrogade 13, Copenhagen S and Jagtvej 133, Copenhagen N.
Bang & Jensen – Cool cafe with traditional danish food with a trendy twist. Istedgade 130, 1350 Vesterbro.
Torvehallerne – Indoor and outdoor food market with 60 different shops. You can find everything of Copenhagens most popular and delicious food scene here. A must visit! Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 Copenhagen K.
Höst – Beautiful restaurant with a modern nordic cooking style – Nørre Farimagsgade 41, 1364 Copenhagen K.
42 Raw – Our favorite Raw food cafe in Copenhagen with great food, breakfast, desserts, smoothies and juices. Pilestræde 32, 1112 Copenhagen K.
Simple Raw – Cute little Raw food cafe with delicious food. Try their brunch or lentil burger. Oehlenschlægergade 12, 1663 Vesterbro.
Raw & Rustic Urtehuset – Great health food store with a separate health cafe serving salads, shakes, shots and snacks. We love everything on the menu. Gammel Kongevej 113, 1850 Frederiksberg C.
Morgenstedet – Organic cafe at Christiania, great homemade food! Christania, 1440 Copenhagen K.
Parterre – Cute little cafe with danish and french pastries, lunches and cakes, beautiful location by the water. Ovengaden Oven Vandet 90, 1415 Christianshavn.
Grød – A cafe that only serves porridges, sweet and savory. Very delicious and top quality. Jægerborgsgade 50, 2200 Nørrebro or Torvehallerne, Linnésgade 17, 1362 Copenhagen K.
Atelier September – Old antique store turned into a cafe. The food is simple tasty danish/french food. Freshly squeezed juices and good coffee. Gothersgade 30, 1123 Copenhagen K.
Rist Kaffebar – A coffee shop with a great atmosphere and nice food. Værnedamsvej 4b, 1619 Vesterbro.
Café Granola – Charming cafe in the most charming street in Vesterbro. Try their brunch. Værnedamsvej 5, 1619 Vesterbro.
Smag – Salad bar with a wide range of healthy salads, delicious toppings and sourdough rye bread. Remember to try their vegetarian zucchini patties. Get the take away boxes and go to a park nearby. Located 4 places: Fælledvej 25, Ndr. Frihavnsgade 13, Store Kongensgade 44, Torvehallerne.
Isværket – Organic ice cream bar. Stefansgade 15, 2200 Nørrebro.
Laundromat – A cafe where you can also bring your dirty laundry. They also have a large play corner for kids. Elmegade 15, Nørrebro or Århusgade 38, Østerbro or Gammel Kongevej 96, Frederiksberg C.
Anne’s Gademad – Homemade take away dinner. Vegetarian option every day. Enghavevej 3, Vesterbro.
LêLê – Vietnamese restaurant with great vietnamese food with a modern twist. Vesterbrogade 40, 1620 Vesterbro.


Oatmeal – 3 ways


Protein Boosted Oatmeal
Serves 2

1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free if you prefer)
2,5 cups water
2 eggs
1/2 tsp ground vanilla
1 pinch sea salt

avocado, sliced
raspberries, fresh or thawed frozen
hemp seeds
chia seeds
quark yogurt

Place oats, water, eggs, vanilla and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium to low heat. Stir to combine. Let simmer until the water is just absorbed and the porridge has thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Serve in bowls with with plant milk and toppings.


Carrot & Rye Oatmeal
Serves 2

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled rye
1,5 cup carrot juice
1 cup water
1 pinch sea salt

flax seeds
unsweetened apple sauce with grated fresh ginger (cook chopped apples, a little water and grated ginger until tender)
cacao nibs

Place oats, rye, carrot juice, water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium to low heat. Stir until the water is just absorbed and the porridge has thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Serve in bowls with with plant milk and toppings.


Sweet Coconut Oatmeal
Serves 2

1 cup rolled oats (certified gluten-free if you prefer)
1,5 cup coconut milk
1 cup water
1 pinch sea salt

almond & cacao nut butter (mix nut bitter and cacao powder)
toasted desicated coconut
toasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds
strawberries, fresh or thawed frozen
raw hazelnuts, chopped
goji berries

Place oats, coconut milk, water and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer on medium to low heat. Stir until the water is just absorbed and the porridge has thickened, about 3-4 minutes. Serve in bowls with with plant milk and toppings.

Tip: For grain free options use rolled flakes of whole buckwheat, millet or quinoa.


  • Alexandra
    They look sooo good!!! Can’t wait to try them! Do you mind sharing the stroller brand too? Thank yiu
  • P
    Thanks David, Luise, and Elsa! I have eaten oat bran mixed with flax seed meal for breakfast every day for at least the past 15 years. Besides helping build Bob’s Red Mill empire, I suspect and hope it is helping me stay healthy. I pour it in a big bowl, pour enough water to cover it by a couple inches, and nuke it for about 3-4 minutes. I usually add walnuts and either blueberries or bananas. On a long, lazy weekend morning, I might add quinoa. To do this, I just precook the quinoa for about 5 minutes before adding the oat bran. With a cup of coffee, this breakfast sustains me for at least 3-5 hours. Please tell me I haven’t wasted the last 15 years of my life! P
  • Great post!!! I am always looking for ways to add more protein to my breakfast
  • Cathelijne
    Hi! Which coconut milk do you use for the sweet coconut oatmeal? From a can or carton? Would it also nice to use coconut-rice milk? Thanks a lot for your answer! Love your recipes. Healthy regards, Cathelijne.
  • Absolutely love the one with coconut water. Thanks a bunch!
  • Erika
    I use the protein boosted oatmeal recipe at least once a week. It has become such a valuable staple in my household. Great recipe, thank you!
  • Bianca
    Thank you so much for this lovely post. I am huge fan of all your recipes and was wrapped to see you had a post on Copenhagen. I am a coeliac and am heading there soon so I'm keen to know if the Danes are familiar with gluten free eating?! Any tips would be very helpful!! :)
  • Sara Vande Velde
    This looks absolutely amazing! I just recently discovered you & bought The Green Kitchen Travels. I immediately fell in love with your food & your story, really inspiring! THANKS
  • Clémentine
    Tusend tak for the tips! Just spent 2 long weekends in Copenhagen and these were so helpful :) Love Grod really good when you are craving for comfy food on a greyish day!
  • Sarah
    These look great!! I might be missing this info but what plant milk do you add and how much? This is after they have cooked?
  • I really like the idea of cooking the oats with coconut milk, sounds great! I'm also a big ginger fan so will try this with ginger and perhaps walnuts and pumpkin seeds! I'm actually planning a trip to Copenhagen so will check out some of these places. Thanks for the recommendations!
  • Hope
    Hi! Where can I buy dried gogi berries and cacao nibs?
  • Kaitlin
    Hi David and Luise, I just returned from Copenhagen and visited 9 of your recommended eateries, thanks a million! Especially loved the coffee at Rist and Cafe Granola, and the Vietnamese at Lele - beautiful! I miss it so much living in London where it's rare to find both great coffee and brilliant Vietnamese street food - two very important things to Melburnians, my hometown in Aus! Thanks again X @happylittlevegie
  • Oh I love love love this!! I am a big fan of oatmeal, I also feel that I have posted so many recipes of oatmeal already on my blog...but keep coming up with more. Spreading the gospel of oatmeal is what I sometimes like to call it :) These are definitely getting bookmarked!
  • Claire
    Thanks for this great list. Just spent three days in Copenhagen and visited three of your recommended cafes, all delicious!
  • Didi
    Hi guys, I'm on vacation in Georgia (Europe) and I'm sick in bed. My bowels are tired of white bread, cheese, tomatoes and all those other things I don't usually eat. God, I would love to tuck into one of those bowls right now (or all of those bowls). I'll be cooking a lot of oatmeal next week when I'm back home, heatwave or not! A couple of months ago I topped my breakfast with the avocado and raspberry combo. I didn't know whether it would work, but I loved it so much! Anyway, thanks for making me feel a little bit better. P.s. There's a 'with' too many in the first recipe and in the third recipe it says 'nut bitter' instead of 'nut butter'.
  • I have been eating oatmeal since I was a child. Recently I stoped eating because I wanted something new. After reading this post I think I will give it a try.
  • Blythe
    Your blog is absolutely inspiring. I've just eaten my got-to-get-everyone-ready-for-the-day busy-Mama version of your carrot oatmeal - I made it by cooking some amaranth grains, then simmering them with almond milk, finely grated carrot, nutmeg and a few sultanas and it was wonderful. I'm coeliac and can't have oats and have recently been prescribed a low fodmap diet and it makes my heart sing to find ideas that work for both my damaged guts AND my soul! Thank you.
  • Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh!!! I love oatmeal so much!!!! Its one of my favourite foods!!!! And this post has given me so many brilliant ideas! Plus, uve made my longing to go to Denmark even worse!!
  • Wow! Eggs in oatmeal?! Who knew! Definitely always looking for a protein boost in the morning. Thanks for sharing!!
  • nini
    If you really do create a porridge cookbook I will be the first to order it!!!!!
  • I like oatmeal made with buckwheat, and I'll try your inspirational recipes with it!
  • This looks so good, I'm going to try them for sure! Your recipes always taste amazing!
  • YUM. will be giving each of these oatmeals a go over the week.. love the sweet coconut oatmeal especially. thanks for the inspiration!
  • Oh I will surely make them all – I am just in love with any breakfast creation you put up here! I am very intrigued by the protein-loaded one with egg, but then again, they all look so so good. Thanks again for sharing, and thanks for the Copenhagen tips, I just published some of my favourite, too, and now I see there are so many more to try – can't wait to go back!
  • Marie
    You have to check put the newly opened the Union kitchen in store standstræde, their toasted homemade rye bread with avocado, chili and a poached egg is amazing;)
  • I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast and, if not, usually manage to sneak it in as a dessert somewhere in the day. Love it and it's so good for you. I generally just eat it with some chopped fresh fruit, always half a banana, and a teaspoon of evaporated milk over the top of everything. Yum! Lovely photos, btw.
  • Love oatmeal and this post! I prepared some oatmeal and topped with kiwi and avocado, really nice! I will be in Copenhagen next week with my sisters! We will go to one of those restaurant you listed! Do you also have some sights that we must see? Thanks :) Els
  • The idea to add eggs to the oatmeal for a protein boost is great! Although I prepare very regularly oatmeal for breakfast I never did this before. But now I have a very good idea about todays breakfast :) Thanks a lot for sharing all these oatmeal recipes! Eva

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