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Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal


Your mother was right! Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.  Not only does it give you energy to start a new day, but a nutritious breakfast improves your mental focus and prevents you from bottoming out and becoming hungry before lunch. Keep reading to learn how you can share your favorite breakfast recipes and win $250 Amazon gift card.

Did you know that kids who eat a nutritious breakfast, complete with dairy, learn better?!  That’s right, not only does dairy provide calcium that helps grow strong bones, but it’s packed with protein. Dairy in any form, whether it’s low fat milk with cereal, California cottage cheese cups, smoothies or an egg and cheese sandwich, all pack a lot of protein – which helps keep you full until your next meal.

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March is National Nutrition month, which is a good time to start healthy eating habits, such as eating breakfast on a regular basis. Eating breakfast is going to get rid of hunger symptoms, such as being tired, getting headaches or becoming cranky. Set a good example for your kids, by eating a healthy breakfast yourself.

Don’t think you have time to eat breakfast? Here are a few grab-and-go breakfast options that will keep you full, focused and on time:

  • California cottage cheese and yogurt cups with fresh fruit
  • Southwest Baked Egg Cups (baked ahead of time, simply reheat in the morning)
  • A veggie omelet with California cheese and a slice of whole-wheat toast
  • A whole-wheat English muffin with low-fat California cheese, a scrambled egg, and slice of tomato
  • Smoothie made with fruit and low-fat yogurt
  • Whole-grain cereal with fresh fruit and low-fat milk
  • Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal (recipe below) with low-fat milk,  and 4 ounces of orange juice


Oatmeal can be quite boring, particularly when it is drowned and soupy in a bowl.  I was never a fan of oatmeal as a kid, unless it was in a cookie.  It wasn’t until I discovered baked oatmeal a few years ago, when I made Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal, that it started making a regular appearance on our breakfast table.

Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal recipe TidyMom

I recently wanted to see if I could create a baked oatmeal that would be reminiscent of creme brulee topped off with a sugary crust.   Not only is it delicious right out of the oven, but we even like it cold, or left over and heated up in the microwave for a quick nutritious breakfast during the week.

This Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal is a creamy, yet firm oatmeal with a finishing sugary crunch that will make you forget that you’re eating something nutritious! Warm or cold, it’s perfect with a drizzle of milk making it’s way into all of the crevices. Serve with a side fresh fruit and it will leave you full until way past lunch!

With all this in mind, I love finding new breakfast recipes! I thought it would be fun to have you all over for breakfast and throw a virtual BREAKFAST PARTY!!!  Well, a  Dairy Breakfast Club Party 😉

The California Milk Advisory Board and I are inviting you to share your favorite breakfast recipe(s) here on starting March 18 thru March 25, 2013.

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EDITED:  The party is now open click here to share your recipes!




I can’t wait to see what you all cook up!

Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal recipe at TidyMom

Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Yield: 6

Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal


  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups California Milk
  • 1 cup California low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 whole large eggs
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar, divided (1/3 cup for topping)


  1. Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9-inch pan.
  2. Using a large bowl, mix all ingredients, reserving 1/3 cup of brown sugar for topping.
  3. Cover pan with foil, and bake for 20 mins, remove foil and continue baking for another 25 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from oven and turn oven to broil. Sprinkle top of oatmeal with remaining 1/3 cup of brown sugar and return to oven to broil 3-5 minutes, watching closely so it doesn't burn.
  5. Enjoy served warm with a little milk.
  6. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator. Reheat in microwave for 30-40 seconds per serving.

Disclaimer:  I’m excited to have a working partnership with the California Milk Advisory Board to talk about the importance of  eating a nutritious breakfast complete with dairy and how to ease morning routines for moms.  All opinions and views are all my own.


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

58 Responses to “Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal”

  1. Amanda posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:27 am (#)

    What a gorgeous recipe!! I cant wait to try it… your Peanut Butter Baked Oatmeal is always a hit at our house! And I think I know the perfect dessert to link up to you with! :)

  2. Brian @ A Thought For Food posted on March 11, 2013 at 7:42 am (#)

    Looks like the perfect weekend breakfast…. decadent! Love it!

  3. nest of posies posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:07 am (#)

    just the title of this recipe sounds amazing. we are big oatmeal eaters over here & yogurt – so this recipe will be a for sure thing!

  4. Deborah posted on March 11, 2013 at 9:41 am (#)

    This is one I definitely need to try!!

  5. Gina posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:14 am (#)

    Very Cool!! I will have to see what I can come up with so I can join in Cheryl!

  6. Maria posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:45 am (#)

    I am loving this oatmeal!

  7. Brenda posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:21 am (#)

    I love oatmeal … that crunch on top makes it look like a dessert 😉

  8. Ana posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:29 am (#)

    Lets see if I can get the hubby to eat oatmeal! He too will only eat oatmeal in cookies, so it would be awesome if I can cook up your recipe for breakfast! It looks so… good. Gonna make it right away!

  9. Diane {Created by Diane} posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:46 am (#)

    this looks absolutely fabulous!

  10. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective posted on March 11, 2013 at 11:53 am (#)

    Beautiful Cheryl! Love the yogurt in this. :)

  11. Cat Davis | Food Family & Finds posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:26 pm (#)

    Oh my heart … that oatmeal looks amazing. I’m a super picky breakfast eater but oatmeal is always delicious.

  12. leslie posted on March 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm (#)

    I cant survive without breakfast. Oatmeal is my go to!!! Loving this crunchy delightful topping!

  13. Denise posted on March 11, 2013 at 3:45 pm (#)

    Next time I feel like blowing off my low-carb diet, I’ll try this. My son loves oatmeal, so I’ll at least make it for him! I’ve got a couple low-carb breakfast recipes that I’ll have to polish up for your contest!

  14. Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke posted on March 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm (#)

    sounds so fabulous!!

  15. jessica@fourgenerationsoneroof posted on March 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm (#)

    This looks delicious! I’ll give the recipe to my gram to make for us! :) She does all the baking here in our home :)

  16. Carolyn posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:47 am (#)

    Seriously? Creme Brulee baked oatmeal? You know you are a genius, right???

  17. susan posted on March 12, 2013 at 10:32 am (#)

    Yes, breakfast is so important. I start my day with a bowl of whole oats and a 1/2 grapefruit. This baked oatmeal is going to be a wonderful addition to our big Sunday breakfasts’.

  18. Vera Zecevic-Cupcakes Garden posted on March 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm (#)

    This is absolutely gorgeous!

  19. Barb posted on March 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm (#)

    This looks fantastic. Can’t wait to make it tomorrow morning. In your photo at the top of page, I noticed a bottle of Maple Syrup. Does that have anything to do with the oatmeal? Like yummy on top? or?
    Just checking, because it sounds like a great idea to add it or substitute it for the vanilla extract.
    What do you think?
    Thanks, and LOVE your blog!

    • TidyMom replied on March 12th, 2013 at 4:53 pm

      I was originally going to pour a little syrup over the oatmeal, but it was sweet enough with out it. But you could certainly substitute in the recipe too!

      Thanks Barb!

  20. Shaina posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm (#)

    I need to make this for spring break breakfast this week. My older kids always shirk oatmeal, while the younger two gobble it down. I think they’d all agree on this one, though.

    • TidyMom replied on March 12th, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      oh I bet they will love this Shaina!! I’ve never been a huge oatmeal fan, but this….I could eat every day!

  21. Heather Christo posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    Oh this looks just wonderful Cheryl! Also, this is quite timely as I am actually JUST dedicating myself to star eating breakfast. I am just terrible. Glad to know that stats on including dairy in our kids morning breakfast too!

  22. Barrie Perrottino posted on March 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm (#)

    Any thoughts about substituting steel cut oats for the old fashioned version? Want to try this but my old fashioned oats seem to have disappeared. Will try with the steel cut and let you know how it turns out.

  23. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen posted on March 13, 2013 at 1:42 am (#)

    What a way to dress up oatmeal for breakfast!

  24. Sweetsugarbelle posted on March 13, 2013 at 11:49 am (#)

    Super excited about this one!!!

  25. Anna @ Cuparoons posted on March 13, 2013 at 12:43 pm (#)

    Wow…that’s a great way to make breakfast!

  26. Jeanette posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm (#)

    What a fun idea for breakfast – like having dessert!

  27. Christine posted on March 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm (#)

    Gosh that looks GOOD Cheryl!!! I’m pinning!!! Have a great evening!! xoxo

  28. aida mollenkamp posted on March 16, 2013 at 11:26 am (#)

    Ooooh, this sounds fabulous. Thanks, Cheryl!

  29. Lena posted on March 17, 2013 at 11:45 pm (#)

    Amazing looking recipe! Quick question- have you ever tried making this with greek yogurt, or with almond or coconut milk instead- I rarely keep regular milk in the house, but always have coconut and almond milk handy. Thanks for the wonderful recipes- I’m happy to have stumbled upon TidyMom thanks to Pinterest!

  30. Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste posted on March 18, 2013 at 9:25 am (#)

    This looks fantastic! What a great brunch recipe for the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

  31. carla sue posted on March 18, 2013 at 11:47 am (#)

    Huge Hit in our house…got an email this morning from hubbie, says he LOVES that baked oatmeal dish I made.
    Trying Peanut Butter next…thanks for providing other Oatmeal Options!

  32. Dawn | KitchenTravels posted on March 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm (#)

    This looks and sounds delicious! I love oatmeal, but my kids… not so much. But they might just go for this crispy-sugary-topped version. :)

    • TidyMom replied on March 18th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Yep!! That’s what happened at my house! 😉

  33. Andrea @ This Pug Life posted on March 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm (#)

    I’ve never tried baked oatmeal, but this looks great. I’m going to Pin it and hopefully some day I’ll get up and motivated enough to actually cook a proper breakfast, lol.

  34. LIz posted on March 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm (#)

    Sounds yummy! I love making breakfast ahead of time…I’m never awake enough to cook something special in the morning. Thanks!

  35. Julie Fagundes posted on March 20, 2013 at 1:12 am (#)

    I am a CA dairy farmer’s wife…and I have been following you for a while! I linked up a recipe tonight…and look forward to making your Creme Brulee Baked Oatmeal…Oh my gosh!!! I always post a dairy based recipe each week on my little blog.

    Thank you for hosting…and supporting CA dairy farmers!!

    Julie Fagundes

  36. Natalie posted on March 20, 2013 at 7:01 pm (#)

    That sounds super tasty! Can’t wait to try it for breakfast or a treat.

  37. Brooke posted on March 21, 2013 at 9:16 am (#)

    This looks and sounds amazing, Cherly! I haven’t had breakfast yet this morning, and your pictures are making my mouth water. I can’t wait to try this out. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a great day!

  38. Sheila at Dodging Raindrops posted on April 6, 2013 at 11:38 am (#)

    I made this and it is so yummy!!!

  39. Joy posted on May 7, 2013 at 6:33 pm (#)

    Why post all these people who have not even tried fixing the recipe? I only care to read reviews of people who can give an opinion on how they or family liked or disliked the recipe, if they added ingredients or substituted ingredients that they felt worked better in the dish. Who cares what people think with not even fixing it?

    • TidyMom replied on May 7th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Because I run a blog not a recipe site. They are supporting my work, the time I took to write the post and develop the recipe and share it with others.

      So, in answer to your question I care what they think. – the comments are a place where you can leave a message to the author, not necessarily for other readers to get reviews.

  40. Sherry posted on July 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm (#)

    I would love to try this with soaked oats. They are so much easier on digestion and it eliminates the phytates.

  41. Denise Petty posted on March 1, 2014 at 6:56 pm (#)

    Looks like it’s been awhile, but was wondering if anyone has tried freezing these in bar or cupcake form?

  42. Julianne posted on July 25, 2014 at 7:46 pm (#)

    I’m making this again tomorrow and I can’t wait :) The first time I made it my husband and I had to stop ourselves from eating the whole pan in one sitting. Sooooo good!

  43. Lauren posted on September 4, 2014 at 8:45 pm (#)

    This is such a great recipe! We have made it often and all my kids love it!

  44. Agnes posted on December 19, 2014 at 7:52 am (#)

    Can you prepare this recipe the night before and have the oats soak up the liquids then bake in the morning?

  45. Brenda posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:04 am (#)

    Do you know what the nutritional information is for this recipe?  I am particularly knowing how many grams of protein your version of it contains.  I made this with steel cut oats, greek yogurt and Fairlife ultra filtered milk.  It is really delicious. 


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