Pumpkin Spice - Brown Butter Oatmeal
Oatmeal, the heart healthy breakfast that helps reduce cholesterol and promotes better health. So why is it many of us reach for the toast, eggs and sausage rather than make the better choice? Well it is all about taste and enjoying it. Most people associate oatmeal with a goopy, congealed mass that tastes like prison food rather than a good hearty meal. With that in mind, many reach for other options and the oatmeal sits in the dark pantry. As I've constantly been saying; good food doesn't have to taste bland and boring. On this short blog I'll be sharing with you a fancy (slightly indulgent) way of making oatmeal that you are bound to fall in love with.
The pumpkin spice filled the room as I added it into the oatmeal. It made me think of how perfect it would be to wake up to on a cold Christmas morning. It is a beautiful, rich warming spice blend that immediately inspires images of cozying up to a hot beverage infront of a warm fire and snow falling outside. It is the quintessential blend of the season!
What makes this oatmeal recipe so special is the combination of the pumpkin spice, brown butter and maple syrup. Just that combination alone should have your salivary glands going. You can always make it healthier by opting to use sugar alternatives and dairy alternatives. While the butter can be alarming to most to use in the oatmeal, it adds a beautiful nutty flavor, great mouthfeel, and richness. Although if you're avoiding dairy I'd recommend adding toasted coconut on top for that nutty flavor.
Brown Butter Oatmeal
Time: 40 mins
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
1 cup milk or dairy alternative
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon One Good Knife Pumpkin Spice
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (or 2 teaspoons sugar alternative), optional
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup pecan pieces
2 tablespoons warm brown butter* (optional but recommended)
Combine the milk and water in a large pot. Bring to a boil on a medium heat.
Add the oats and reduce the heat to a medium-low. Cook for about 20 mins.
Add in the salt, sweetener of choice and One Good Knife Pumpkin Spice.
Cook for an additional 5 mins. Keep stirring to prevent oats from sticking to the bottom.
The oats are ready when its creamy and the grains are soft.
Take off the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Before serving stir in the raisins. Sprinkle with pecans when in bowl and drizzle 1 tablespoon (each bowl) of the brown butter over the oatmeal.
Dust with more One Good Knife Pumpkin Spice before serving.
* To make brown butter place stick of butter in a stainless steel pot. On a medium low heat let butter melt then simmer. Stir often. The milk solid will eventually separate. The solids will eventually start browning on the bottom of the pan. The aroma will turn nutty and butterscotch like. Take off the heat. Strain the solids and you now have brown butter.