No-Bread Oatmeal French Toast - A genius way to combine two of breakfast's favorite dishes: French toast and oatmeal!
This recipe is one I hope you'll find intriguing enough to try, as it is not only healthy, but delicious.
It's also a recipe from way back, circa 2012!
French toast made from cooked oatmeal. Yes, only a blog with 'oatmeal' in the title would bring you such a dish.
The basic premise is the same as polenta, which is where I got the idea.
Polenta is basically cooked cornmeal. You can make it sweet or savory, depending on what you add in, and you can create a kind of cake with it by pouring it into a dish and letting it set.
In this recipe, I just subbed the cornmeal for oats!
From oatmeal to French toast
Once the cooked oats set, you cut them into small squares, which act as your 'toast' component.
After dipping the oatmeal squares into a custard, you fry the squares just as you would pieces of bread.
The result is that the oat squares get nice and crisp on the outside, while still being soft and creamy on the inside...and you're eating oatmeal, people!
Quite awesome, if I do say so myself.
If you enjoy breakfast recipes, try some of my others!
No-Bread Oatmeal French Toast
- 2 ¼ cup water
- 1 ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 2 large eggs
- ⅔ cup milk of your choice
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup or honey
- dash sea salt
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Bring the water and salt to a boil in a medium saucepan.
- Stir in the oats.
- Cook, uncovered, until the oats are done and the water has completely evaporated, about 5-7 minutes.
- Pour the cooked oatmeal into an oiled 8 x 8 baking dish.
- Put the dish into the fridge, UNCOVERED, for at least 2 hours until set and firm to the touch. I usually do this step the night before and leave it in the fridge, uncovered, until morning.
- When ready to make, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix the custard ingredients.
- Pour the custard mix into shallow dish, such as a pie plate.
- Cut the chilled oatmeal into nine equal squares.
- Dip oatmeal squares into custard mixture, allow to soak for 30 seconds on each side.
- Over medium-low heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter or coconut oil in a non-stick pan.
- Place 2-3 slices of oatmeal 'bread' at a time into the pan and cook until golden brown, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side.
- Remove from pan and place on a baking sheet and into the oven for 5-10 minutes.
- Repeat with all squares.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup or your favorite topping.
Some of the items I use to make this recipe include:
For funsies, here's an old picture of Jade and Natalie. I have to do a comparison of Nat and Mickie, because they look SO similar as babies!