A bowl of oatmeal with cream stirred in, topped with brown butter toasted nuts and fruits, and fresh fruits is the best breakfast you can have!
My bowl of oatmeal just keeps getting better! I am sure you know by now we are team Oatmeal and it is never dull here. I am told many reasons why one doesn't like to have oats - oatmeal is boring, never filling, leaving you still hungry, so bland, etc.
Enter creamy oatmeal topped with brown butter and toasted nuts and fruits! Butter makes everything better but Brown butter makes everything betterest (best)! You can sense how excited I am, right?
This method was inspired by my brown butter chocolate cookies. I have been making my bowl of oats like this since then! so will you, trust me!
- milk or cream
- cinnamon powder or cardamom powder
- sweetener of choice
- nuts and dried fruits of choice
How to make it?
- prepare the oats as per pack instructions
- stir in the milk or cream along with sweetener
- transfer to serving bowls
- melt the butter to brown
- fryy the nuts and dried fruits in brown butter
- fry the sliced fresh fruits
- top the bowl of oats with fried items
- pour the remaining browned butter
- serve warm
Fruits that you can roast in brown butter
All kinds of stone fruits are best when roasted. You can even roast some berries and grapes! Here are some ideas:
- all kinds of grapes
- Ripe plantains
I have roasted apricots, green grapes, apples, and pears. I prefer to keep my bananas fresh and pomegranate cold so they are added at the end. But you can do however you like there is no hard and fast rule in making oatmeal!
Brown butter is the result of slow-cooking regular butter, salted or unsalted. The French call it beurre noisette and they use it in both savoury and sweet dishes as a sauce. The melting method gently cooks the butter and turns the milk solids into brown bits while evaporating all the water present in the butter. This develops a nutty flavour and toasted aroma making it liquid gold in the culinary world. Browned butter has a deeper, richer, and more intense flavour than melted or clarified butter or ghee. You have to use all of the brown bits of milk solids which means you don't have to strain the butter.
You need butter to make brown butter - you cannot make brown butter with ghee because the milk solids are already strained off.
This recipe is more of a guide than a recipe so leaving you all with my spectacular oatmeal bowl pictures that will brighten your day! If you make this and loved it like us, do let me know in the comments.
Recipes using oats
Brown Butter Oatmeal
- 1 cup oats any kind
- 2 cups water or as per pack instructions
- a pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream (or milk)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder (or cardamom powder)
- sweetener of choice sugar, honey, stevia, coconut sugar, jaggery, etc.
For brown butter toasted nuts and fruits
- 2 tablespoons butter 20 to 28gms
- 10 to 14 mixed nuts almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, etc.
- 8 to 10 dried fruits raisins, apricot, cranberry, goji berry, fig, etc.
- seeds chia, pumpkin, flax, sesame, etc
- seasonal fruits chopped
Prepare the oatmeal
- Boil oats and water with a dash of salt until cooked completely.
- Switch off and stir in the cream, sweetener and cinnamon or cardamom powder and cover and keep for a few minutes.
- Divide the oatmeal into two bowls.
Prepare brown butter toasted nuts and fruits
- Add the butter into a small deep pot (this will ensure good depth with little butter, as opposed to a flat pan where the butter will be a thin layer) Heat the butter over a medium flame until melted and foamy.
- Add the nuts of your choice and let them roast until the butter starts to foam. This is a good sign! Use a spoon and stir the nuts to ensure they are toasted evenly. Once the nuts have acquired toasted colour, remove the nuts and keep them aside.
- Add the dry fruits of your choice and fry until plump. Remove and keep them along with the nuts.
- You may continue with roasting some chopped seasonal fruits like bananas, apricot, apple, pear or whole green grapes, etc. in the browned butter. Just sauté the fruits for a couple of minutes. But this is optional but I highly recommend it!
- Switch off and remove the pan from the hob.
Top the oatmeal bowl
- Place the brown butter toasted nuts, dry fruits and fresh fruits over both oatmeal bowls in an attractive way (or not). Additionally, add any seeds of your choice like chia or pumpkin, etc.
- Pour the remaining brown butter with all of its browned milk solid bits over both bowls. This is gold!
- Drizzle honey or maple syrup and serve immediately.
Did you make this recipe? Let me know!