Most baked oatmeal recipes are dense, like a baked oatmeal cookie. This baked oatmeal souffle truly lives up to its souffle name. First, the oatmeal is cooked on the stove. Then you add flavorings, egg yolks and finally beaten egg whites. The result is a baked oatmeal souffle that is as light and airy as any souffle. I use demerara or turbinado sugar on top of this baked oatmeal souffle, because the sugar crystals are bigger than regular sugar, giving the top of this baked oatmeal souffle great color, texture and flavor.
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup Demerara sugar, turbinado sugar or light brown sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Butter 6 ramekins or spray with cooking spray.
Place milk and butter in a small saucepan (compare prices), and bring to just boiling. Add rolled oats, and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook oatmeal, stirring occasionally, until nearly all the liquid is absorbed.
Remove oatmeal from heat. Stir in Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, egg yolks, cinnamon and salt.
In a clean bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into oatmeal mixture. Spoon oatmeal souffle mixture into prepared ramekins. Sprinkle with Demerara sugar. Bake 12-20 minutes, until golden and puffy. The baking time will depend on the size and shape of the ramekins.
If the idea of making a souffle (at breakfast time, of all things!) is daunting, do not worry. It seems complicated, but it's a simple process to make your souffle gorgeous and fluffy. Check out this article from Food Network called "Relax, It's Just A Souffle" that shows step-by-step how to make a perfect souffle.
Oatmeal has been long known for being a comfort food, as well as a healthy breakfast. Everyday Health lists some of the reasons why you should consider starting your day with oatmeal:
Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers form a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber in oats helps provide a “moving” experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health. What a delicious way to make your heart and colon smile.
Oats make an easy, balanced breakfast. One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, four grams of fiber (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost protein further, my favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a swirl of almond butter nestled within. This powerful combo will keep you away from that mid-morning visit to the vending machine.
Oats provide important minerals. Nutrient-rich oatmeal contains thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
Oats are naturally gluten-free, but check with manufacturers to ensure that their products are not made using the same equipment as other potentially contaminating grains. (Always purchase gluten-free products from reputable companies and read food labels carefully.)
Oats could help you control your weight by keeping you feeling fuller longer. Sadly, carbs are often shunned and feared by those looking to drop a few pounds, yet choosing whole grains could squash hunger and simultaneously provide that pleasant “ahhhh” feeling carb-lovers crave. But, as with any other food, be mindful of portion sizes.