Whipped Lingonberry Porridge – easy Nordic snack

Whipped lingonberry porridge is an easy snack that you can meal prep to enjoy during the week or serve right after making. This traditional Nordic recipe of pink porridge is a healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert! Take advantage of the autumn berries to whip up a healthy snack fast and easy.

Milk jar and spoon on a fabric. Blue bowl in the middle with pink colored whipped lingonberry porridge and lingonberries on the dark wooden surface.

After the summer our freezers here in the North are packed full of berries to be enjoyed during the hard dark winter to gain the vitamins and antioxidants that they are filled with. When I enjoy this traditional Finnish recipe for whipped lingonberry porridge in our cozy kitchen in the darkness of the winter my mind goes to the amazing wilderness, I can smell the powerful scent of the forest and feel the lovely summer breeze.

Tips for making the whipped lingonberry porridge

  • Get all the ingredients and tools ready on the counter beforehand to get the kitchen flow in making the whipped porridge.
  • You can do the quick version and cool the porridge in the sink filled with cold water to enjoy it after cooking or use the recipe for meal prep to prepare the porridge to the fridge day before and let it cool down in the fridge with out any effort and enjoy it through the week.
  • You can use both frozen and fresh lingonberries which ones you happen to have. We have our freezer now full of berries so frozen ones are my go-to.
  • Use half and half: half wheat semolina and half spelt full grain semolina to have the benefits and fibers of the full grain and the fluffy texture that the regular semolina gives.
Pink-colored whipped lingonberry porridge in a bowl de decorated with lingonberries and lemon verbena leaves. The bowl is on a wooden surface and some jute fabric and Klingon berries on it too.

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FAQ

What is whipped porridge?

Whipped porridge is a traditional Nordic midday snack or dessert porridge that you can enjoy as a breakfast too. It has a lovely pink color due to the red berries and the texture is smooth and fluffy. Whipped porridge is made with semolina and acid berries – traditionally whole lingonberries or red currants. You can make it with lingonberry juice as well, but to gain more of the healthy benefits of the berry skins I recommend using whole ones instead. Juices are often already sweetened and they do not contain all the different healthy parts of the berries.

What is semolina?

Semolina is a grain product. In the milling process, the most nourishing core parts of the wheat grain are separated from the grain and made into semolina. That’s why semolina is considered very beneficial for your health. Semolina is coarser than normal flour and usually has a bit yellowish colour. Do not mix up with polenta that has a bit similar look, but is made with corn.

Can I make whipped porridge without gluten?

Semolina contains gluten. Some have tried successfully using rice flour instead of semolina to avoid gluten, but I do not have personal experience with that one. If you have tried, let me know in the comments, I would love to know more!

What to serve with the whipped lingonberry porridge?

Typically the whipped lingonberry porridge is served with milk, some people add a bit of sugar too. The most common is to have it with cow’s milk and you can stir it in or take a spoonful of porridge and milk to enjoy them separately. If you prefer oat milk or other plant-based milk, they will work well too! If you want to upgrade the portion to the more luxurious dessert try with cream or vanilla custard.

How to substitute lingonberries in whipped porridge?

The best choice for the taste and structure of the traditional whipped porridge is to use berries that have quite high acidity like lingonberries and red currants. But I have used successfully blackcurrants and rowan berries as well! When using the rowan berries or even seabuckthorns!) I recommend increasing bit the amount of sugar or other sweeteners for a better and more enjoyable flavor. Blackcurrants decrease the amount for they are sweeter than the other berries mentioned.

You can play around with the other berries to make your favourite combination. Try strawberry, raspberry, blueberry or why not make a leap to the fruit world and use apples or be adventurous and use rhubarb! Adjust the sweetener depending on the sweetness of your chosen ingredient.

What to do if the whipped porridge does not foam up?

  • Before whisking make sure you have boiled the porridge enough. If the consistence is very watery it most likely will not foam up. Increase the boiling time to get better consistency.
  • The porridge needs to be cooled down before it can be whipped. You can pour cold water into the sink and immerse the pot halfway to cool the mixture down. Beware not to let the water from the sink run in the pot! To speed up the process you can pour the porridge into a high container that supports heat and immerse that in. When the container is already cool it will cool down faster than the hot steel pot that was just on the stove.
  • The quality and style of semolina gives different results. If you use only full grain semolina the porridge will naturally be less fluffy due to the quantity of the fibers that the full grain semolina has. To gain more healthy aspects of this portion I have recommended in the recipe to use half semolina and half full grain semolina to get the fibers and benefits of the full grains and still get the fluffier result thanks to the usual semolina.

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How to make

Measure in a stainless steel pot the lingonberries, water, salt, and sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for about five minutes. Meanwhile, measure the semolina and spelt full-grain semolina and choose the cutter end for your immersion blender.

Lingonberries boiling on the stove and steaming.

Take the pot from the heat and carefully mix the berries, water, and sugar. Keep the cutter head underneath the surface so as not to splash around the hot mixture! Mix until smooth. If you want to sieve the mixture to make the semolina porridge ultra smooth this is the moment to do so: pour the mixture through a sieve into a heat-resistant container, rinse the pot, and pour the mixture back in. Be careful with pouring the hot liquid so as not to burn yourself!

Lingonberries and water in the pot with immersion blender mixing it.

Return to the stove and bring to a boil. By the time the mixture boils again take the whisk and start whisking slowly. When you have a constant swirl pour slowly the semolinas in. When stirring constantly while pouring the semolina it will not be stuck on the bottom of the pot. Let simmer 10-15 minutes on a medium heat and stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let it cool.

Fast option

If you prefer to enjoy the whipped porridge right away you can speed up the cooling process with a few tricks. Pour the porridge into a high container that supports heat and immerse that in the sink with cold water. Beware not to let water from the sink run in the container. When the container is already cool it will cool down faster than the hot steel pot that was just on the stove. Change the whisk head to your immersion blender and whisk vigorously until the porridge is fluffy and changes the colour to a slightly lighter shade of pink.

Meal prep option

This is the method that I use more often, I could say weekly even! I prepare a batch ahead to enjoy throughout the week. When you have boiled the porridge, pour it into a high container with the lid and place it in the fridge to cool overnight. When the porridge cools down in the fridge the consistency is very gelatinous, if you cut it with a spoon you can see clearly how it cuts in and leaves a hole.

Spooning cooled porridge that has not been whipped yet, leaving a hole in the porridge.

Before serving whisk vigorously with the whisk head of the immersion blender until the porridge is fluffy and changes the colour to a slightly lighter shade of pink. It has now the perfect texture.

Serving

Serve the whipped porridge with a bit of milk of your preference on the side or the plate with the porridge. To upgrade the portion to the dessert league you can use cream or vanilla custard for instance!

Whipped porridge served on a blue bowl with milk jar on the side. On the table lingonberries spilled and a spoon.

Storage

Store in the fridge in a container with the lid for up to five days. You can whisk it before first serving and it will keep the consistency throughout the week. If you feel that the structure collapses you can whisk it again.

Little Helper

If you have a little eager helper at home like I do, this recipe is easy to involve your toddler or older kids! My two years old loves to measure ingredients, it is very easy to pour lingonberries (and snack them while cooking!), water and sugar into the pot before putting it on the stove to boil and when cooled holding the immerse blender with the adult – just to be part of the process is a big hit in our household. Cleaning the table after measuring with a sponge and spray is also a good skill to have. Involving your child in the homemaking will help you later when s/he starts doing things more independently.

And by the way, this is THE favorite snack of our Little Helper!

What other combinations you have tried?

Have you made already whipped porridge? Let me know in the comments your favorite combinations!

Milk jar and spoon on a fabric. Blue bowl in the middle with pink colored whipped lingonberry porridge and lingonberries on the dark wooden surface.

Whipped Lingonberry Porridge

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Whipped lingonberry porridge is an easy snack that you can meal prep to enjoy during the week or serve right after making. This traditional Nordic recipe of pink porridge is a healthy snack, breakfast, or dessert! Take advantage of the autumn berries to whip up snack for your family fast and easy.

Ingredients

  • 4 dl lingonberries
  • 7 dl water
  • 1 dl sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 dl wheat semolina
  • 1/2 dl spelt whole grain semolina
  • milk of your preference to serve with

Instructions

  1. Measure in a stainless steel pot the lingonberries, water, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Boil for about five minutes. Meanwhile, measure the semolina and spelt full-grain semolina and choose the cutter end for your immersion blender.
  2. Take the pot from the heat and carefully mix the berries, water and sugar. Keep the cutter head underneath the surface so as not to splash around the hot mixture! Mix until smooth. If you want to sieve the mixture pour it through a sieve into a heat-resistant container, rinse the pot and pour the mixture back in. Be careful with pouring the hot liquid so as not to burn yourself!
  3. Return to the stove and bring to a boil. By the time the mixture boils again start whisking slowly. When you have a constant swirl pour slowly the semolinas in. Let simmer 10-15 minutes on a medium heat and stir occasionally. Remove from the heat and let it cool.

    Fast option to enjoy right away
    Pour the porridge into a high container that supports heat and immerse that in the sink with cold water. Beware not to let water from the sink run in the container. Change the whisk head to your immersion blender and whisk vigorously until the porridge is fluffy and changes the colour to a slightly lighter shade of pink.

    Meal prep option
    Pour the porridge into a high container with the lid and place it in the fridge to cool overnight. Before serving whisk vigorously with the whisk head of the immersion blender until the porridge is fluffy and changes the colour to a slightly lighter shade of pink.

    Serving
    Serve the whipped porridge with a bit of milk of your preference on the side or the plate with the porridge. To upgrade the portion to the dessert league you can use cream or vanilla custard for instance!

    Storage
    Store in the fridge in a container with the lid for up to five days. You can whisk it before first serving and it will keep the consistency throughout the week. If you feel that the structure collapses you can whisk it again.

Notes

You can do this with other berries too, try red currants, rowan berries (add 0,5-1 dl more sugar) or black currants (use less sugar only 0,5-0,8 dl).

If you want to use only full grain semolina notice that the result might be less fluffy and foamy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 529Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 82mgCarbohydrates: 109gFiber: 11gSugar: 19gProtein: 19g

These calculations are generated automatically by Create by Mediavine based on the ingredients shown in the recipe. The nutrition information is an estimation and may include errors. All nutritional information presented and written within this site (blueteatile.com) is intended for informational purposes only. The writer is not a certified nutritionist or registered dietitian and any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline only.

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