A dessert-style bowl of oatmeal filled with orange flavor, and reminiscent of Crepes Suzette.
Oh doctor, I’m crazy! Let me explain: I’m someone who really is happier with a dessert-themed breakfast than an actual dessert. For one thing, there’s more of it, and I also love thinking about how I’ll turn – insert dessert here – into breakfast.
That being said, don’t be surprised if I end up posting an actual Crepes Suzette recipe and claim that it’s totally appropriate to have for breakfast.
But until then, here’s the oatmeal version.
On a topic almost-but-not-entirely unrelated, I love those lists of ‘What your favorite … says about you’. These are on the Huffington Post all the time. And while I don’t trust the, ahem, ‘experts’ at the Huffington Post, I still enjoy reading them.
I recently noticed a list entitled, ‘What Your Favorite Food Says About You‘. This list may have 14 foods, but none of my favorites were featured! Being an indecisive person, my favorite food is a three-way tie between oatmeal, pancakes and granola (or maybe oatmeal cookies). And while some form of pasta might be second favorite food, it wouldn’t be macaroni and cheese (which did make the Huffington Post’s list).
So unfortunately I won’t be able to find out the critical information of what my favorite food says about me.
Also, I can’t believe the Huffington Post included salad on the list. Who on earth would choose salad as there favorite food?
Then again, maybe I shouldn’t judge. I’m sure there are plenty of people who can’t understand my bordering-on-obsessive love for oatmeal.
Note: This post was updated with new pictures in September 2015.
- For the oatmeal
- 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 2 - 3 teaspoons honey
- ½ teaspoon brandy extract
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup rolled oats
- Pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sliced almonds
- Orange segments (optional)
- Segment the orange. If desired, chop the segments into smaller pieces. Set aside.
- In a skillet over medium heat, combine the orange juice and honey. Once the mixture begins to bubble, add the orange segments. Add the brandy extract, and stir gently.
- When the liquid has significantly reduced, turn off the heat and set aside.
- In a saucepan, bring the almond milk to a boil, and then turn down the heat to medium. Add the rolled oats and salt, and stir well.
- Add the orange zest and vanilla extract.
- When the oats have absorbed most of the liquid, stir in the cooked orange segments.
- When the oats are cooked and are creamy, transfer the oatmeal to a bowl. Top with the sliced almonds, as well as any additional orange segments, and enjoy!
It's easiest if you zest the orange before segmenting it.
While I've never tried this recipe without the brandy extract, I imagine it would still taste good!