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Oatmeal brulee recipe

Dawn Viola is a research and development chef and food writer. She serves on the board of directors for Slow Food Orlando, and works with local and national companies as a healthy recipe consultant with a focus on organic, local and sus...

Literally set your oatmeal on fire

Let's face it; oatmeal, while healthy, is boring. Mix-ins help, but have you ever set your oatmeal on fire? You'll need a brulee torch and a will to build a better oatmeal for starters.

Literally set your oatmeal on fire

Just like Alton Brown, we hate the thought of uni-taskers taking up valuable kitchen space. If you've got a brulee torch, chances are it only sees the light of day when making creme brulee. We're guessing that's about twice a year?

It's a crazy, delicious concept, but at the test kitchen, we started toying with the idea of other foods that could use a little toasting every now and then. Brulee pyromania swept the office (safely, of course), with everything from cheese to candy bars being kissed by the flame.

Our favorite by far, for its simplicity and ability to make an un-cool breakfast super cool, is oatmeal brulee. The paper-thin, crackly sugar takes on the flavor of toasted marshmallows, turning old fashioned oats into one hip whole grain breakfast.

Oatmeal brulee recipe

Serves 1


  • 1/2 cup cooked oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
  • 1 tablespoon Grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic sugar


  1. In a small bowl, mix together cooked oats, cinnamon, milk and maple syrup.
  2. Sprinkle a thin even layer of sugar over the top. Using a brulee torch, heat sugar until melted and golden brown. Serve warm.

Note: If you don't have a brulee torch, place oatmeal in an oven-proof ramekin and broil until golden brown, about two minutes.

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