Crispy Pan-Fried Oatmeal with Maple Infused Berries


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I don’t know about you, but I love breakfast.  My love for breakfast aside, I admittedly recognize that options (much less healthy options) can be a bit limited for the day’s most important meal.  For most of us, breakfast is the meal we vary the least.  Eggs, cereal, yogurt; these three culprits typically occupy most of the real estate in our bowls and on our plates in the morning.  While they each have their merits, wouldn’t it be nice to add a little variety?

As I was looking for a break from my standard 3-egg omelette with diced veggies the other day, I happened upon a creation that is perhaps one of the tastiest to date.  Always a fan of steel-cut oatmeal, things got even better when you take that oatmeal, throw it in a scorching hot pan and give it a nice little crispy, nutty, crust.  Although this recipe can take more time than most of us are willing to devote on a random weekday morning, it’s an incredibly easy oatmeal recipe to prepare ahead.  Make a big pot of steel-cut oats, throw them in the appropriate container (discussed below), and just slice n’ sear whenever you’re ready for another delectable morning treat.

Now, don’t let the word “treat” confuse you; this is still  a healthy breakfast option.  We’ve got fresh berries, steel-cut oats, no gluten, and healthy fats going on here.  Not only that, a slice (or two if you’re feeling so inclined) are going to keep you filled up well into the early afternoon.  Just be sure to go easy on the maple syrup, and you’ve got yourself a healthy and hearty breakfast you can indulge in regularly.

 

  • 1 cup of steel cut oats
  • 1 16 oz. can of coconut milk + 1 cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • Dash vanilla extract
  • Dash salt
  • Handful of fresh berries
  • 1-2 tablespoons (REAL) maple syrup for braising
  1. Bring coconut milk + water to a light boil.  Add oats and cook, covered, 20-30 minutes on low.
  2. Pour cooked oats into a glass container…like the kind you would put in the oven to bake a casserole or something similar.
  3. Let the oats cool at room temperature for an hour or so.  This will make them easier to cut and hold together better.
  4. Add a small amount of coconut oil to a very hot pan.  Slice a piece of oatmeal as if it were a piece of bread, and add it to the pan.  Sear on all sides until a crusty brown color has been produced.
  5. Heat maple syrup in a small pot.  When bubbling occurs, add berries and stew for a few minutes until the berries have lightly burst and soaked in much of the maple syrup.
  6. Serve oatmeal with berries and maple syrup on top.

Creamy, crispy, nutty, hearty, and with just the right amount of sweetness makes this an oatmeal recipe you’re going to come back to time and time again.  Remember, make a bunch ahead of time, and just sear each piece individually when you’re ready to treat yourself.

Any questions or comments…you know what to do!

 

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