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Are you ready for a THM oatmeal crossover that is totally worth it? This berry brulee oatmeal is seriously so delicious.
With soft bits of dried apricots and cranberries, warm juicy berries and a delicately spiced ginger and orange cream to finish it off, this is what breakfast dreams are made of!
[I received the inspiration for this recipe from one I’ve had from Taste of Home for years. I definitely wanted to make it THM friendly. You can read the original recipe here.]
What is a THM XO?
A Trim Healthy Mama XO or crossover meal is one that contains both fats and carbs.
If you are trying to loose weight it is best to keep your fats and carbs in separate meals so your body can burn off the fuel you are giving it most efficiently.
When we combine fats and carbs together in the same meal, it is still healthy, it just won’t be as weight loss friendly for most people.
If you are in weight maintenance mode, are very active, or are pregnant or nursing, you can probably include a lot more crossover meals in your life than someone who is trying to loose weight.
But even if you are in weight loss mode, it is still alright to occasionally include some crossovers. The goal is to never let your body get too used to how you are feeding it. If you are always only eating S or E meals, throwing in a crossover can actually give your metabolism a little jolt.
Because crossovers aren’t as slimming as the other Trim Healthy Mama meals, sometimes people might tend to shy away or feel guilty for eating them. But crossovers are still very healthy! And you most likely aren’t going to gain weight from one here and there, unless you really have to watch what you eat. They are also a great way to feed hungry kids and husbands.
You can read more about how Trim Healthy Mama works in this post.
When should I eat this oatmeal?
I personally do have to watch how many crossovers I eat. So I like to include them on days when I’m going to be active enough to wear them off.
If I’m going kayaking, hiking or doing some other vigorous outdoor activity I will definitely take the opportunity to eat a crossover lol.
But this THM berry brulee oatmeal recipe is also a step up from regular oatmeal and I would definitely consider it special enough to serve to breakfast guests or even as a holiday breakfast.
Are oats gluten free?
Yes, pure oats are gluten free. However, oats are sometimes processed in facilities that also process gluten containing grains and can become cross contaminated.
So if you are unable to eat gluten, make sure that the oats you are buying are certified gluten free.
Will this oatmeal keep me full?
When eating a normal E meal that doesn’t contain much fat, some people find themselves hungry sooner than with S meals.
[It is helpful in this case to make sure you are getting enough protein with your meal.]
But since this oatmeal recipe is a crossover and also has fats, I find it very filling. In fact it is surprisingly filling! I had it for breakfast two days in a row when I was testing this recipe and each time my bowl looked small and yet by the time I had finished I was very satisfied!
What to serve with this oatmeal
Like I said, this oatmeal is quite filling so you probably will be fine just eating a bowl of this for breakfast.
However, if I was to serve this as part of a brunch I would do smaller bowls of it and then include other options like fruit and an egg dish as well.
This recipe makes five servings but you could easily get six and maybe even seven smaller bowls for serving with a brunch.
Do I have to use raspberries in this recipe?
No of course not! Feel free to substitute the raspberries with another berry of your choice.
THM Berry Brulee Oatmeal Recipe:
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For the oatmeal:
2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
2 cups old fashioned oats
4 cups water
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3-4 tablespoons Sweet Mix or Gentle Sweet
4 1/2 tablespoons erythritol
For the ginger cream:
3/4 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup almond milk
2 cinnamon sticks
5 slices fresh ginger root [use ginger root that is about one inch in diameter] Zest of one medium sized navel orange
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons Sweet Mix [from Food for Life cookbook] or 2-3 tablespoons Gentle Sweet
- Preheat the oven on high broil.
2. For the spiced cream, place all the ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a simmer and simmer one minute. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit at least 10 minutes or until the rest of the oatmeal is ready, whichever is longer.
3. Bring all the oatmeal ingredients except the Sweet Mix and erythritol to a simmer in a medium sized pot. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat.
4. Strain out the ginger cream into a pitcher. Stir 1/4 cup of it into the oatmeal as well as the 3-4 tablespoons of Sweet Mix, or sweetener to taste.
5. Spray five ramekins with oil and divide the raspberries between them. Spoon the oatmeal on top. Sprinkle each ramekin with 1/2 tablespoon erythritol.
6. Place all the ramekins on a baking sheet and broil on the rack second from the top for 7 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Serve the oatmeal with the remaining ginger cream.
Print this recipe here:
THM Berry Brulee Oatmeal
For the oatmeal:
- 2 cups frozen raspberries thawed
- 2 cups old fashioned oats
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 3-4 tablespoons Sweet Mix
- 4 1/2 tablespoons erythritol
For the ginger cream:
- 3/4 cup whipping cream
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 5 slices fresh ginger root [use ginger root that is about one inch in diameter]
- Zest of one medium sized navel orange
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- Pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoons Sweet Mix [from Food for Life cookbook] or 2-3 tablespoons Gentle Sweet
- Preheat the oven on broil.
- For the spiced cream, place all the ingredients in a small pot. Bring to a simmer and simmer one minute. Cover and remove from heat. Let sit at least 10 minutes or until the rest of the oatmeal is ready, whichever is longer.
- Bring all the oatmeal ingredients except the Sweet Mix and erythritol to a simmer in a medium sized pot. Simmer 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat.
- Strain out the ginger cream into a pitcher. Stir 1/4 cup of it into the oatmeal as well as the 3-4 tablespoons of Sweet Mix, or sweetener to taste.
- Spray five ramekins with oil and divide the raspberries between them. Spoon the oatmeal on top. Sprinkle each ramekin with 1/2 tablespoon erythritol.
- Place all the ramekins on a baking sheet and broil on the rack second from the top for 7 minutes or until golden and bubbly. Serve the oatmeal with the remaining ginger cream.
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