Dessert for breakfast?  Oatmeal Brulee is an easy way to treat yourself, or your guests, in the morning!

I’m so excited to share this with you!  If you love  creme brûlée you’re going to go crazy for this fun spin on breakfast.  Just like with the dessert, you’ll have a crackly outer layer of ‘burnt’ sugar, but instead of custard underneath, you get creamy oatmeal mixing with the little melting shards of caramel in your mouth and, oh my, your eyes will roll back in your head.   But don’t faint —it might seem like a crazy indulgence but it’s no less healthy than regular oatmeal.  That’s because I didn’t add any sugar to the pot, so what gets sprinkled on top and caramelized is the only sugar I used.  Cinnamon and vanilla flavor the oats and the entire recipe takes no more time than your basic breakfast.  Do up a whole tray of them for guests.  I don’t like to self-congratulate, but I am taking a little bow here…


Recipes don’t get much more fun than this one, and if you already have a kitchen torch collecting dust in the back of your cabinet, this is a great way to get some use out of it.  The nice thing, too, is that there’s nothing tricky involved here.  If you know how to turn on your torch (which took me an embarrassingly long time to master, btw) you’ll be bruleeing like a pro.

Oatmeal Brulee 2

Just make your favorite oatmeal, and spoon it into individual bowls.  Smooth out the top so it;s an even layer, and then sprinkle it lightly with sugar.

Oatmeal Brulee --- a simple but elegant breakfast

Then get busy with the torch, touching every corner to get that fantastic crackly sugar crust.  I like to wait until I see specks of black, that way I know it’s done.  It hardens to a crisp crust in a matter of seconds as the sugar cools.   I’m telling you this is a wonderful way to eat oatmeal!

Oatmeal Brûlée

Yield: serves 2

Oatmeal Brûlée


  • 2 cups milk (any type, including almond, coconut or soy, I used full fat dairy milk)
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 tsp granulated sugar (regular granulated white sugar caramelizes best)
  • cream or half and half for garnish, optional


  1. Heat the milk in a saucepan until little bubbles form around the edges and add the oats. Cook gently for about 5 minutes until the oatmeal is thickened.
  2. Stir in the cinnamon and vanilla and spoon into two serving bowls.
  3. Smooth out the top of each bowl with the back of a spoon for form a flat surface for the sugar.
  4. Evenly sprinkle 2 teaspoons of sugar over each bowl
  5. Use a kitchen torch to caramelize the sugar, moving the flame in circles as the sugar turns color. Keep heating until the entire surface is browned and you start to see small black spots.
  6. Serve hot with a dash of cream.


You can try doing this under the broiler if you don't have a torch. It works, but it's tricky, and you have to have the bowls up close to the flame. The torch works better!

Oatmeal Brulee

A kitchen torch is a wonderful toy tool to have around, and they’re not very expensive.  They can caramelize sugar, burnish meringue and marshmallow toppings, blacken peppers, and add appetizing color to foods that come out of the oven disappointingly pale, like gratins,or even chicken.

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42 Responses to Oatmeal Brûlée

  1. Laureen says:

    Wow! my family will love this, two of their favourites combined. Great idea.

  2. Oatmeal says:

    I love having oatmeal for my breakfast. Oatmeal is always good for me. I will try this recipe

  3. Stephanie says:

    What a terrific idea! Made this for breakfast this morning and it was so good. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. marisa says:

    Would you mind if we used your photo and linked to your recipe in our monthly mailing list? This recipe is amazing!

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    Amazing recipe!


  6. Oooh, this looks great! I make oatmeal all the time, but have never tried bruleeing it before!

  7. That looks incredibly decadent :)

  8. OMG I have to try this!!! Would love to share this recipe on my blog if you don’t mind?
    With your credits of course.
    Can’t wait to make it :-D. (is it already tomorrow morning ;)))

  9. Rhonda a says:

    Oh goodness! I usually sprinkle the top of my oatmeal with a little brown sugar along with some blueberries. Creme Brûlée is my all time favorite dessert. This idea is brilliant!!! Can’t wait to try it! And I love the cup you served it in!

  10. Monica says:

    I love seeing this awesome idea!! I eat oatmeal practically everyday. I usually stir in honey but a brulee top!! Wow! Looks amazing!

    • Sue says:

      That’s what I love about this, since most people stir in a little sweetener into their oatmeal anyway, why not make it bruleed??

  11. You are so creative! Such a smart idea – who wouldn’t love that candy top? This is how breakfast should be!

  12. Very creative! I’m not usually an oatmeal for breakfast type of person, but I think I would definitely go for this!!!!

  13. What a fun way to dress up oatmeal and a great excuse to get out that kitchen torch!

  14. I love recipes that require fire! I have one of the blue propane torches that you can get at Home Depot — works great. Anyway, love the idea of oatmeal brulee! Really creative — thanks.

  15. Wow! This is brilliant. Someone just served me a greek yogurt breakfast brulee, but over OATMEAL?! I could get behind breakfast 100%.

  16. ~ Carmen ~ says:

    What an innovative breakfast idea. It definitely adds a bit of class to the average oatmeal. Now I just need a kitchen torch. :] // ? ?

  17. My kitchen torch is collecting dust AND doesn’t even have butane in it. How bad is that? You’ve got me thinking that I need to rectify that though. Wow.

  18. Yep it’s official! I need a torch so I can make stuff like this.

  19. shweta a says:

    wow now thats what i call innovation. Healthy twist and yummy too:)

  20. I best move my torch closer to the stove with all the great ideas you have given me. Hubby actually uses it to light his cigars! Love this oatmeal. I’ve been wanting to try this for awhile. Thanks, Sue!

  21. This is seriously brilliant, Sue! Oatmeal has never looked so good!

  22. i didn’t know you could have oatmeal brulee. I learn something new everyday. I am loving this and your creativity!

    • Sue says:

      I wasn’t completely sure it would work, but I’m so happy with the results. Such a small amount of sugar gives you a huge payoff with this recipe.

  23. Amanda says:

    Looks amazing, so creative!

  24. Mary says:

    You have no idea how close to the same page we are on. :) I made oatmeal brulee twice last week. So much fun!

  25. cheri says:

    Hi Sue, what a breakfast masterpiece you have created. I have a little torch myself but have never used it. Looks amazing!!

  26. SallyBR says:

    You are making it too hard for me not to faint…. I am prone to losing it in face of such beauty, and creme brullee is definitely one of those faint-inducing concoctions for me…

    genius of a recipe! You should indeed pat yourself on the back!

  27. What a fun idea! This could make an everyday breakfast special enough for Christmas morning!

  28. mmm, this sounds even better than regular crème brulée!

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