How to: Fluffy French Toast oats
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You probably see me feature “French toast oats” all the time on OhhMay. I wake up craving nothing else but warm, fluffy oat bran filled with a protein boost and topped with melting nut butter.
After receiving many questions about my specific method, I decided it was time for a how-to post. Ready?
Pour 1 cup hot water into a small non-stick sauce pan. (alternatively use 1/2 c. water and 1/2 c. milk of choice)
Add 2 bags of tea. Why? Tea adds some caffeine and in the morning I don’t have time to make both coffee and oats (so I usually choose oats.) Tea infuses the entire bowl with flavor that doesn’t “burn off” like most extracts do.
As far as what type of tea, I like something that sounds more appealing to eat rather than drink: Vanilla Caramel, French Vanilla, Gingerbread Spice, Sweet Apple Chamomile, Peppermint (for chocolate oats), Almond Tea… you get the idea!
Add 1/4 c. oat bran. Why? Oat bran is higher in both soluble fiber and protein than regular rolled oats. It cooks quicker and I feel the size of each “bran” doesn’t get in the way of the cooking eggs so it won’t get lumpy.
Alternatively, you can use 1/3- 1/2 c. rolled oats and get fantastic results, just cook a little longer. This is your personal preference!!
Bring to a boil then cook for 4 minutes over medium heat.
Remove the tea bags and add 1/3- 1/2 c. egg white, then whisk vigorously. Why? Egg white add protein and cooks up to be light and fluffy. I’ve tried this with whole eggs with big expectations for a super creamy and delicious result but it really didn’t make any difference.
Now, I use carton egg white because it’s quick and easy but regular egg white is fine- go with 1-3 eggs worth.
Cook, while stirring for about 3 minutes then add your fruit add in. Why? I love fruit in my oatmeal. It adds vitamins, minerals and tons of flavor. There are so many combinations you can try!
Here are my favorite fruit add-ins:
- 1/2 banana, split then microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds. So sweet! (Thank Miss Katie for this brilliant idea)
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1/2 cup pumpkin
- 1/2 apple or pear, chopped
- 1/3- 1/2 c. blueberries (either fresh or thawed)
- My favorite: 1/2 c. mashed kabocha squash!
Mix in spices, extract and a pinch of salt. I like 1 tsp Bourbon vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or ginger. Try almond extract (5 drops) or lemon zest. Taste test!
Plate in a big ‘ol bowl and add a scoop of nut butter.
I measured today to find out the perfect amount for me: about 15-20 grams.
Here are my all-time favorites:
- Chunky Almond Butter
- Chunky Peanut Butter
- Adirondack Jack (50:50 mix of almond and peanut butter with cranberries, flax seeds, sunflower seeds and cinnamon.)
Add the rest of your toppings. (and spray with vanilla extract if your cool like me! ;-) )
Here are my all time favorite toppings:
- Pom aerils
- Wheat Berries
- Dark chocolate chips
- Berries: strawberries, black berries (I don’t like these cooked.)
- Jam (especially fig)
- Crumbled cookie or muffin style like Kath!
- Pose for the camera!
Change it up! Add 1 tbsp cocoa in the first step and a packet of stevia or tsp of sugar in the last step. (In this case, my fruit add in is usually apple sauce)
Add 1 tbsp chia seeds in the first step and watch how thick and creamy your oats become!
Try different combinations of tea, fruit, extract and toppings. The options are limitless!
If you’re interested in the nutrition facts, click here. (I stopped counting calories and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I don’t typically measure almond butter, toppings, or fruit. This is a base recipe and depending on how hungry I am I’ll use more oat bran, almond butter and fruit/ veggie add ins.)
La Galleria de Oats: (descriptions below photo)
With melted banana and pom
With nuit foret butter and cherries
Kabocha and pear
Amazing grass, cocoa and banana
With rolled oats
Peanut butter & fluff chocolate oats off of a chocolate covered spoon!
Chocolate, topped with cookie dough nut butter
Broiled bananas and granola
Fig jam and Almond butter
Under banana bread
With Newmans’ Own Organic Ginger O’s and “Catch Me if you Can”
Layered chocolate and plain with strawberries and…
Granola and chocolate nut butter
Berries and cream
Pumpkin with almond butter
with prunes & plums
Chocolate chip cookie dough with chocolate chip cookies
With Adirondack Jack and cranberries
With pumpkin and Monkey Boy
Banana oats with mixed nut butter
Cherries and chunky peanut butter