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The only way to describe these oats is pure decadence.  Typically I make what I call a working breakfast…I prepare my morning meal (oats, if I’m lucky), bring it to my desk (I’ll admit, I’m usually working from my desk at home, but still, it is work!), and work while eating it.  No such thing as a working breakfast with these oats.  I made them, brought them to my desk, and took a bite.  These oats commanded my full attention.  I had to put my work down, close my laptop, and savor every bite. 


With the holidays coming, I’m always looking for new recipes I can use for brunch.  But I don’t mean just a fancy, sit-down brunch affair…I also like to have relaxed brunches where the dishes are set up appetizer-style and served in small portions.  Layered in shot glasses and served with small spoons, these oats are perfect for just such an occasion.  

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(Yield:  4 servings)



¼ c steel cut oats

½ medium banana, thinly sliced

¾ c water

Dash salt

Custard sauce (see below)

4 tsp dark chocolate chips

¼ c cool whip


Vanilla Custard Sauce (makes about ½ c):  (or you can use leftover Vanilla-Nutmeg Custard Sauce, like I did)

1 TB butter

¼ c sugar

1 large egg

¼ c milk

½ tsp pure vanilla extract


For the custard sauce:  Prepare a double boiler.  Scald the milk by heating it in a small pan until small bubbles form around the edges, then taking it off the heat (don’t let it come to a boil).  Cream together the butter, sugar, and nutmeg; beat in the eggs one at a time.  Heat the egg mixture over a double boiler and very gradually pour the scalded milk into the egg mixture while whisking constantly.  Heat the custard until it reaches 170F or until it coats the back of a wooden spoon, stirring constantly.  Strain the custard through a fine mesh sieve, then add the vanilla extract. 


For the oats:  In a small pan, combine all ingredients for the oats; heat on medium-low heat for about 12 minutes (stirring frequently with a whisk) or until it reaches your desired consistency. 


Top each serving of oats with 2 TB custard sauce, 1 tsp chocolate chips, and 1 TB cool whip.



Faith, author of An Edible Mosaic.
About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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  1. That recipe is very unique! A great way of preparing oats! So luscious looking, yummy!



  2. What an amazing idea putting this into shot glasses. It’s so beautiful! So, go ahead and send me directions and I’ll be over for brunch! :D

  3. What scrumpitous oats! I could eat that for dessert! I think I’m going to have to – tonight!

  4. That is definitely a version of oatmeal that is new to me … would never have thought of putting it together like that! But what fun!

  5. I need to get out of the kitchen, RIGHT NOW. I have a need to make those immediately – they look so super. BTW, I made a variation of your Cinnabon oats a week or so ago and they really did remind me of the “real” thing! Keep the delish oat variations coming! I’m (literally) eating them up!

  6. What a GREAT idea to serve oats shot glass style at a buffet! Brilliant…. :)

  7. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    These oats sound just heavenly! I definitely need to try this!

  8. Faith, oh my goodness!!! You’ve taken oats up to a DIVINE level! Holy cow! Holy oats! AMAZING!!

  9. This looks gorgeous! I love small portions, too. The layers in your small portion looks so smooth. I must try this as soon as possible.

  10. You had me at oatmeal with chocolate chips. Sigh. And then you had to add the custard sauce . . . oh my. Printing this out, to go on the pile of must-tries, right next to your baked apples with custard sauce recipe :) Thanks for sharing.

  11. OMG.. Are you kidding? I have been searching for this breakfast my entire life.I am so excited to try this!

  12. You’re going to spoil me for my regular steel cut oatmeal breakfast! It’s never going to be the same. Chocolate? Creme Anglaise? Wow.
    It reminded me of when I was a kid, my mother used to sneak some chocolate chips on the bottom of our cream of wheat. We had to dig deep and finish it to get that chocolate treat!

  13. Working at home is def. work, and these oats might make it less of a drudgery!

  14. boston cream pie is a dessert to which i always naturally migrate, and this is a great way to give the same taste but with a healthy boost. way to sneak that banana in there, too. :)

  15. Wow that looks sooooo good faith, pass on to me pls….

  16. Faith you are killing me! I need some of these right now! I have next week off…lets do brunch…haha :)

  17. Heavenly Housewife says:

    You are like the magician of oats, i still remember that cinnabon one. THat was fab. Still intending to try it.

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