I’ve been meaning to post this recipe forever since it’s one of my go-to weekend breakfasts…and the last time I instagram’d a photo of it, y’all made me swear to share the details. Hope that you’re not disappointed when you find out how simple it is – but I can guarantee that after one taste, any thoughts of disappointment will disappear. To be totally honest, I’m not the best at “mixing it up” when it comes to breakfasts. I basically eat one of two things every morning: greek yogurt with berries & almonds, or steel cut oatmeal with milk and walnuts… so occasionally adding the sweet brown sugar bruléed topping to this bowl of oats makes it feel extra special. And by making these in mason jars, they’re suddenly party-worthy; stack them up on a brunch buffet with a bowl of fresh berries nearby, and guests can help themselves to their own individual portions! Keep reading for more photos and the recipe… 

Bruléed Oatmeal with Berries & Almonds

*serves 4


  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • raspberries and chopped almonds (or whatever fruit and nuts you like!)
  1. In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil; stir in oatmeal and salt. Cook over low heat partially covered, simmering and stirring often, until almost all liquid has been absorbed and oats are al dente, about 45 minutes. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon.
  2. Transfer oatmeal to 4 ovenproof ramekins or mason jars. Preheat broiler.
  3. Stir together sugars, and sprinkle evenly over tops of oatmeal. Place ramekins on baking sheet, and broil until sugar melts and forms a crust, about 2 minutes. Top with berries and nuts.

Photos by Michael Bullock

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Comments (22)
  1. 1
    Leigh April 3, 2012 at 8:25 am

    OMG! These look amazing! I can’t wait to try them!!!

  2. 2
    A Styled Fete April 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Looks and sounds delicious!! I love having oatmeal for breakfast, will definetely be trying this recipe! Thanks!

  3. 3
    Kimberly April 3, 2012 at 9:10 am

    AAMM YUMMMM!! Have to make these ASAP!

  4. 4
    Sandra - If it comes in pink April 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    They look so cute in those jars 🙂

  5. 5
    Patrice April 3, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Pardon me while I wipe the drool off my iPhone. I’ve already had breakfast today, but for brûléed oatmeal, I’d have another!

  6. 6
    ANH Style April 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I am such an oatmeal and creme brulee fan- never thought of creating a hybrid of the two though! Can’t wait to make this.

  7. 7
    renee April 3, 2012 at 11:26 am

    definitely have to try this over the weekend! what a great idea!

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    Laura April 3, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I love steel cut oats- I make a big batch at the beginning of the week and heat them up every morning. I will have to try this fun twist!

    • Camille Styles April 3, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      I love doing that too… such a time saver, and they taste every bit as good!

  9. 9
    jacquelyn |lark+linen April 3, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    This sounds ridiculous! I’m hungry for breakfast (and it’s 10:30 at night)

  10. 10
    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING April 3, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Looks absolutely delicious!

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    Alexis @ Lex & Learn April 3, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    This looks insanely good. I was extra surprised that you don’t need a scary blow torch to achieve the brulee. We just got a bunch of mason jars so will definitely give this a try.

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    Yesenia April 4, 2012 at 12:22 am

    This looks divine! I can not wait to try it. Thank you for the recipe!