Their menu offers a delicious baked oatmeal. In fact, the first time I experienced baked oatmeal was at their restaurant. And because they’re a coffee shop, they serve it in a bowl of steamed milk. Oh LAWD.
Suddenly, I realized the other day that this is brilliant. One of the reasons I prefer stove-top oatmeal over baked oatmeal is that the latter is typically dryer, sometimes resembling an oatmeal cookie more than hot cereal. Maybe the fact that I grew up with Cream of Wheat made me partial to hot, creamy, pudding-like breakfasts.
But to flood your baked oatmeal with steamed milk? Decadent! Unfortunately, I can’t make steamed (soy) milk at home because I have neither an espresso machine nor a steaming wand. However, I came up with some better ideas…
Heat about 1/2 cup (or more) of your milk of choice either on the stove or in the microwave. To make it frothy, you can give it a whirl in a blender or using an immersion blender. When your baked oatmeal is ready, transfer it to a bigger bowl, and then add the warm milk to “flood” it.
|Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal with a Honey-Nut flood.|
You can do this with any baked oatmeal. Be creative and flavor your “flood” to best complement your oats! Here are some possibilities:
- Vanilla Bean: Add fresh vanilla bean seeds…or vanilla extract. 🙂
- Chocolate: Use chocolate milk (I recommend Silk Dark Chocolate Almond Milk) or melt chocolate chips into regular milk
- Strawberry: Blend a few fresh strawberries into your milk
- Chai-spiced: Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, or use a brewed chai tea
- Pie-spiced: Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice, or use apple pie or pumpkin pie spice
- Latte: Add a little brewed coffee (or instant coffee granules)
- Cafe au Lait: Use mostly brewed coffee with a little bit of milk (reversed proportions of latte)
- Mocha: Use chocolate milk (or melted chocolate chips) and add instant coffee granules (or brewed coffee)
- Peppermint: Add peppermint extract
- Eggnog: Use eggnog, vegan or not! 🙂
- Honey-Nut: Mix PB2 (or regular peanut butter) into milk, along with some honey and a bit of vanilla extract
- Coconut: Use coconut milk
- Banana: Blend a few chunks of banana into your milk
- Spiced Banana: Blend a few chunks of banana into your milk, and add vanilla extract and cinnamon. You could also try other spices, like nutmeg, allspice, etc.
- Gingerbread: Add molasses, ginger, and cinnamon