Friday, September 16, 2011

French Toast Oatmeal

For a while, I had a fling with French Toast.

I'm pretty picky about my French Toast.  It must be crispy on the edges, a little moist in the center, and I must be able to taste egg over the milk.

Due to the milk that's in these things, I feel guilty about ordering this dish, and due to its bread base, it's not really a great one to partake in that often.

Here is my solution to this "problem":

With a little overhead costs, I procured ingredients that would yield me many, many servings of "French Toast" at a fraction of the price and less-than-healthy ingredients (bread, cow's milk, etc.).

This version tastes pretty similar to the "real thing" and can be made in a microwave.

Ingredients (serves 1):

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 Tbsp flax seeds (optional)

1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk (or 1/4 cup almond milk + 1/4 cup water for a less creamy version)
1/8 tsp maple extract (can use real maple syrup for better flavor, but this is my poor man's version)
1/8 tsp pure vanilla extract (to taste)
1/2 packet of stevia or raw/turbinado sugar
1/8-1/4 tsp cinnamon (to taste)
1/4 c. egg substitute OR an actual egg, lightly beaten


1) Put oats in a deep, microwave-safe bowl (if using microwave).  Add flax seeds, if using. 
2) Pour in milk (and water, if applicable).
3) Add cinnamon, sweetener, maple and vanilla carefully.
4) Set microwave to half-power (50%) and set the timer for 3.5 minutes.  Watch for overboiling.
5) Pour egg substitute or egg on top of the mixture without stirring.
6) Microwave for another 1.5 minutes, or until egg is done.
7) Once slightly cooled, mix oatmeal to break up the egg and let sit for a minute or so before eating.

(Microwave times may vary based on actual heat generated.)

Personally, I really liked this version of oatmeal, and I know it will save me from some uncalled French Toast runs at some of the local joints around my work.  Think of the potential money saved, right?  Once you get these ingredients, they should last quite a while!

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