Besides a nutty and wholesome flavor, there’s another reason to celebrate oatmeal; it also packs a punch of nutrition with tons of protein and fiber in each serving. According to the USDA, adults should get three servings of whole grains a day. That includes oats, which makes these oatmeal-based treats a healthy—and delicious—option for dessert.
Maple Tart with Oatmeal Cookie Crust
Bring the comforting flavors of oatmeal to a crowd-pleasing tart made with maple-infused cream. For a world-class dessert, garnish with a dollop of whip cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2-cup all-purpose flour
1/4-teaspoon kosher salt
1/2-cup light brown sugar
3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons), melted
1-cup maple syrup
2 cups whole milk
1/2-cup heavy cream
4 large egg yolks
3 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1-cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar
1/4 ground nutmeg
- Preheat oven at 350 degrees. In a large bowl or food processor, blend together oats, flour, sugar, and salt. Add butter and mix until thoroughly blended.
- Transfer mixture into a 9-inch tart pan. Press crumbs evenly onto bottom and sides of the pan. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until the crust turns a light golden brown.
- In a medium saucepan, simmer maple syrup until the liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup. Set aside.
- Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, and milk. Add maple syrup and cornstarch and whisk to combine. Mixing constantly, cook over medium heat until it is thickened, about 6 to 7 minutes. Pour through the mesh sieve, using a small whisk or spatula to scrap it through. Remove any lumps and whisk in butter. Then transfer to prepared crust and let sit to cool. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Beat together heavy cream and sugar until stiff peaks form. Gently fold in cinnamon and nutmeg.
- Remove pan rim from tart and serve in slices with a dollop of whip cream.
Toasted Oats with Strawberries & Cream
On the Food Network show “Brunch with Bobby,” celebrity chef Bobby Flay impresses the crowd with a gourmet twist on classic oatmeal. In this recipe, we’ve omitted the whiskey, which makes it a healthy dessert that the whole family can enjoy.
1/2-cup steel-cut oats
2 cups strawberries, cored and halved
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 cups cold heavy cream
3 tablespoons honey
Fresh sprigs of mint for garnish
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place oats on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
- In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a simmer. Slowly stir in toasted oats, cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes or until the oats are tender and slightly chewy.
- In a small bowl, toss together strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Set at room temperature for 15 minutes to allow the berries to release their juices.
- In a chilled bowl, whisk together cream, honey, and vanilla extract until soft peaks form. Fold in the oatmeal, leaving the mixture streaky. Place a dollop of oatmeal cream in the bottoms of four parfait glasses. Top with a spoonful of berries with a little juice. Repeat and then top with oatmeal cream. Drizzle with honey and garnish with mint.
Cherry Oat Scones
A cross-pollination of a flaky biscuit and a chewy cookie, scones have just a hint of sweetness, making them the perfect treats for tea time. In this recipe, the classic scone gets a healthy update with rolled oats, plus dried cherries for tangy pops of flavor.
2 cups flour
1 cup rolled oats
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 stick butter at room temperature (1/4 cup
2 tsp lemon zest
1-cup plain yogurt
2 cups dried cherries (fresh blueberries or raspberries can be substituted)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cooking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking oil.
- In a large bowl, mix together flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, salt, and lemon zest. Add butter and blend thoroughly. Then mix in egg and yogurt until completely combined. Separate the dough into two rounds.
- On a floured surface, pat each piece of dough into a flattened circle. Cut into wedges and place onto cooking sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a light golden brown. For an authentic English teatime, serve with clotted cream and jam.
With nutritious, wholesome ingredients like whole grain oats and fresh fruit, you can feel good about indulging in dessert!