This is the best oatmeal with caramel maple cream! Imagine a flavorful, texture-filled chewy bowl of cozy oats speckled with dried cranberries swirled with a mouth-watering caramel maple cream and you have the makings for this incredible breakfast fare that I think borders on "healthy" with the addition of the steel cut oats. Yes, yes, the cream is added - but let's just keep that as our little secret.
Seriously, steel cut oats are packed with protein (7 grams per 1/4 cup serving), iron and fiber.
Don't pass this one by because you've never been a fan of "porridge" because this is really more like dessert! Conjure up tasting a mash-up of oatmeal cookie dough meets caramel-maple ice-cream. You will love it!
The Best Oatmeal with Caramel Maple Cream
2 cups water
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
pinch of salt
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup (The grade B maple syrup is much more authentic tasting with a stronger "real" maple syrup than the grade A. I order Coombs Family Farms Organic Maple Syrup on Amazon and my family loves it! Because it is the real, from the tree, tapped version - a little goes a long way and dishes are transformed from ordinary to extraordinary!)
This is so easy guys, I'm almost embarrassed to be sharing this, but it does take a smidgen longer than the average oatmeal to cook, but I promise it's worth it!
1. Boil the water, butter and salt in a small saucepan.
2. While you are waiting for the water to boil, mix the cream, maple syrup and brown sugar in a small bowl or measuring cup until the sugar melts and the mix is smooth.
3. Add the oats to the boiling water, turn the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. After 20 minutes, stir in the cranberries, spices and sugar and cook for another 10 minutes on low.
4. This is where you can get creative! Whatever you decide, serve the oatmeal immediately but you can either stir in the sweetened caramel maple cream or you can pour it over the top of each serving. It's divine either way.
Top with this mixture that combined creates a heavenly caramel maple cream.