Banana Oatmeal Brulee with a Brown Sugar Crust
And Peanut Butter “Icing”
Another attempt at baked oatmeal – and this one turned out to be the best yet!! I thought my other baked oatmeal was too dry and I wanted it to be creamy on the inside with a hard crust on the outside. I decided a brulee method – less cooking time but a broiled finish – would be my best strategy. I was inspired by Gliding Calm’s Oatmeal Custard, but I decided to follow this recipe for Oatmeal Creme Brulee due to a shorter cooking time and different proportions of milk/water.
It turned out perfect!! The crust was very brulee-like too!
I combined in a baking dish lined with parchment paper for easy removal:
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup milk
- 1/2 cup vanilla hemp milk (you could just use all skim)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 pinches salt
- Generous sprinkle cinnamon
- 1 small banana, sliced
- 1/4 cup egg whites
- About 2 tbsp chopped walnuts (the STAR ingredient!)
I left out the sugar in the original recipe because I used the vanilla hemp milk. I baked this guy for 30 minutes at 375*, removed it and set the broiler, topped with 2 heaping tablespoons of brown sugar, smoothed out evenly, and broiled for about 2 minutes. Watch the parchment paper that it doesn’t burn! (I usually trim the edges for this reason).
I lift the whole thing out of the pan in the parchment and cut on a cutting board, but you could leave out the parchment and just scoop messier portions out. This made 2 portions at 400 kcal, 6 grams fiber and 17 grams protein each. I thought at first it wouldn’t be very filling, but it was!
I topped mine with an ‘icing‘ made with 2 oz of greek yogurt and half a tbsp of macadamia-cashew nut butter mixed together. I actually think it would have been better with just the nut butter! Or maple syrup to make it sweeter but I thought I had enough sugar already in this breakfast.
With the icing and coffee, this breakfast was about 500 kcal, 6 grams fiber and 26 grams protein.
Spick and Span
Rather than studying Chemistry, I spent an hour this morning cleaning the house. It feels SO good to have things clean. I vacuumed, dusted, scrubbed, spot-cleaned, changed bedding, etc. all as fast as I could. I was whirling around!
Here’s a life-changing tip (at least for me!) I learned today: The laundry room floor – or the floor of any small room for that matter – is not worthy of having its floor cleaned often because it’s hard to clean and no one sees it. And when I do clean it, it never looks much better because my ready mop isn’t that effective. But our laundry room floor had all these little spots of dripped detergent, etc. that bother me so today I decided to stop procrastinating and do something about them. I just got a paper towel and cleaning spray and got on my hands and knees and got up each spot rather than trying to use a big mop in a little space. I was amazed at how effective this method was! The floor is now spotless. I often use this “wipe it up” method on our small bathroom floor too. The Method brand wipes are great for this and smell good too. So my advice is to treat small rooms like a countertop and just wipe them up by hand.
Do you guys have any other cleaning shortcuts or tips?