I. Love. Oatmeal. Since the beginning of the year I've been eating oatmeal pretty much every single morning for breakfast and then again a couple of hours later for lunch sometimes, too. It's not for health reasons or anything like that - it's simply because I really love the stuff. I love the creamy texture, the dessert-like sensation and the fact that it actually fills me up. But what I love above everything else is the versatility of oatmeal. On the other hand, I hate how ugly oatmeal looks in photos, but let's focus on the positives for the time being, k? Oatmeal, milk and water is like a blank canvas on which you can create absolutely anything you want - sweet or savoury. Although I haven't ventured down the savoury road yet, but I'm thinking traditional stuffing flavours like sage and onion. No? How about if I cooked it with bacon grease and added cheese? Yeah, I think I made it worse, too. Let's stick to the sweet stuff and see how we get on. Since the beginning of spring, I've been on a total lemon and white chocolate kick. The flavours just work so well together! If you love the lemon and white chocolate combo, too, you'll definitely want to have a look at this recipe for Creamy Layer Lemon Pie. Best. Pie. Everrrr! What are your preferences when it comes to how many oats you use in your oatmeal? I chop and change pretty regularly. Normally, I use ½ cup of oats, but sometimes that's just way too much and I feel like I need to have a lie down when I'm done eating. Sometimes if I'm really not that hungry I'll only make ¼ of a cup's worth of oats, but currently, I'm using ⅓ of a cup. Just enough to fill me up but not enough to make me want a nap at 8am. However many oats you use is entirely up to you. This recipe makes ½ cup's worth of oats, so you can easily half it for a smaller portion or double it to feed two people. Whilst I've suggested the amount of lemon curd and white chocolate buttons (I'm in Europe - white chocolate buttons are a lot easier to come across than chocolate chips!) feel free to add as much as you want. I won't judge you if you're basically eating a jar of lemon curd with a packet of chocolate buttons for breakfast.
- ½ cup oats
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons lemon curd separated
- 1 tablespoon white chocolate chips
- In a microwave-safe bowl, stir together the oats and brown sugar.
- Pour in the water, milk, vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon of lemon curd and stir again.
- Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on full heat for 2 minutes. Keep checking the bowl to make sure it's not overflowing - happens all the time to me!
- After 2 minutes, leave the oatmeal to sit for another 2 minutes in the microwave.
- Top with the chocolate chips and cook for a final 30 seconds on full heat.
- Dollop the other tablespoon of lemon curd on top and enjoy your chocolatey lemony breakfast!