A sweet breakfast of baked oatmeal and dessert favorite creme brûlée, get together for a breakfast that will make any morning feel special!
I love sugar.
It is no secret that I adore desserts. I have a sweet tooth the size of Texas (and luckily don’t have a butt to match…). The typical piece of chocolate, or a soft chewy chocolate chip cookie or delicate vanilla cake, I can pass on without blinking an eye, but mostly ice cream wins my heart. Hands down. I always ask my fiance around the holidays to find a way to overflow my stocking with ice cream rather than a dark chocolate Santa Claus. That has disaster written all over it. I can still dream though.
I have a few that immediately take me back to the age of when pigtails were acceptable and my mother still dressed me. It was the one that my Mother immediately got all giddy over as soon as she spotted it on the dessert menu. Creme Brulee. The intense vanilla bean speckled custard all cuddled up underneath the favorited blanket of caramelized sugar. Isn’t it known that the crunchy, sweet caramelized sugar is the best part? It is a dessert that will always make me think of her and the ‘special dinners’ that meant we could order dessert. Those were always my favorite family nights.
But in my mind, creme brulee is thee ‘classy dessert’; sweet, simple yet sophisticated. All words that remind me of my mother.
Over the past month, my parents have been off
partying vacationing in Arizona with a good set of friends. Not jealous or anything. It’s fine, I will just freeze my lil bum off here in KC.
But, over that month, it is always difficult as I am use to talking and seeing my Mom quite a few times a week. We have a close friendship. I am lucky to say she is one of my best friends. I only hope my future daughter and I will have the same relationship! But during that month, I thought to make a breakfast that comforted me.
Creme Brulee + Oatmeal.
Yes, you read that right. But this treat will have your waistline thanking you.
Oatmeal mixed with milk, greek yogurt, eggs, cinnamon, touch of sweetener, bake off beautifully to make a oatmeal style custard cake. In the last few minutes of baking, you flip on the broiler, sprinkle cane sugar (or brown sugar) and let the caramelization begin. If this treat couldn’t get any sweeter, drizzle with a touch of maple syrup, extra pour of milk and fresh, juicy strawberries.
Creamy baked oatmeal custard nestled underneath a blanket of caramelized sugar is the ideal way to treat yourself during the week or fancy up a brunch for some special house guest!
- 2¼ cups old fashioned oats
- 1 scoops vanilla protein powder, optional
- 3 Tbsp baking stevia, or 6 Tbsp regular sugar
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1½ tsp cinnamon
- 4 egg whites
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup plain greek yogurt
- 3 cups almond milk, can use skim, coconut, etc.
- ⅓ cup coconut sugar, or brown sugar
- For Serving, Fresh Strawberries & Maple Syrup
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine oats, protein powder, stevia, salt, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl.
- In another bowl, combine egg whites, vanilla extract, yogurt and almond milk. Stir to combine. Add to oat mixture and mix well.
- Add to greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until baked all the way through. Remove dish from oven, and turn on broiler. Sprinkle with coconut sugar, or brown sugar, place back in oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until sugar is caramelized.
- Cut into 12 squares, and serve with strawberries and maple syrup.