Bruleed Berry Oats

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Oatmeal is something I typically eat when the weather is cooler. There’s just something more comforting about a warm bowl of oatmeal than a ice cold smoothie in the morning.
bruleed berry oats
But oatmeal can get boring. We all know this. Brown sugar and cinnamon. Maple syrup and pecans. Bananas. Peanut butter. Any combination of these. They’re good, but not interesting.
I try to come up with various ways to make it interesting. Baked oatmeal with chocolate and coconut. Or tart cherries. But this one is perhaps my favorite.
It starts with a combo of rolled and steel cut. It takes a minute or two longer, but the texture is firm, not mushy. There are berries, and a bit of sugar. But instead of mixing the sugar in, I put it on top and bruleed it with a torch, so it developed a crispy, crackly crunch like creme brûlée. Topped with fresh berries, it’s like a healthy dessert but also breakfast.
Now, you will need a kitchen torch for this recipe. You can try to broil it, but more than likely it will burn not only the sugar, but also the oats. I have a small torch that I got in a creme brûlée set years ago, and it has come in surprisingly handy.
bruleed berry oats

Bruleed Berry Oats

This upscale take on a oatmeal makes it more interesting and easier to eat a healthy breakfast. Perfect for a chilly morning.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup fresh berries
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • Additional fresh berries for serving


  • Put the oats in a small saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes, depending on your preference.
  • Add the vanilla and the berries and turn the heat off. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Divide between bowls and sprinkle the sugar on top.
  • Using a kitchen torch, carefully caramelize the sugar on top.
  • Serve with more berries if desired.
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