I have been in full on hibernation mode this week. I know it’s getting cooler and whatnot, but I feel an extreme desire to really hole myself up at home. And there’s sort of a melancholy feeling that’s there, too. One of those “I’m fine.. but” feelings. I’m just not sure where the “but” is coming from, or if it’s really anything at all. Does that ever happen to you? In an effort to stay positive I’ve been lighting candles, wearing fuzzy slippers like it’s my job, listening to comforting music while I work, and making breakfasts like this oatmeal.  This is definitely the kind of breakfast that makes me look forward to waking up the next morning. Steamy oats packed with pumpkin, cinnamon, ground flax, and topped with caramelized brown sugar? Yes, please! I’ll gladly set my alarm for that one.

Bruléed Pumpkin Oatmeal
Makes 3 servings

  • 1 cup rolled or Scottish oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup puréed pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Preheat your broiler.

Bring the milk, water, and salt to a boil. Cook your oats according to the package directions (usually 5-7 minutes).  Once fully cooked, whisk in the butter and pumpkin. Then add in the flaxseed and cinnamon. Whisk well to combine. Separate the oatmeal into three ramekins or oven safe bowls. Divide the brown sugar across the top of the 3 bowls. Place the bowls under your broiler and broil for 2-3 minutes. Watch the oatmeal very closely at this step! Every oven is different and you want to broil it just until the sugar caramelizes. Remove bowls from the oven and serve immediately.

  1. This looks SO good. I can’t wait to try this out.
    I’ve definitely been getting the same hibernation desire, and need for comfort food!

  2. This looks AMAZING! I’ve been in a funk myself lately- today I woke up a half hour later than I was supposed to be at work- oops! Thanks for the inspiration to wake up early :)

  3. wow, this sounds amazing!! it is definitely the perfect time of year for oatmeal (or porridge as we say:) and this sounds delicious :) xx

  4. Holy yum. I’m not a huge breakfast person, but this looks just about perfect for a lazy Saturday!

    The Glossy Life

  5. You just took oatmeal and breakfast to a whole other level.

    • Clara

      Thanks, Denise! Huge compliment coming from you :).

  6. This looks absolutely delicious – a totally sweet spin off of regular pumpkin oatmeal. I’ll definitely be making this very, very soon. If I don’t serve each bowl right away, how long will this recipe keep?

  7. I love this! Have been looking to change up my oatmeal routine and adding some pumpkin sounds like the perfect plan :)

  8. Clara, this oatmeal looks incredible! I’ve never thought to brulee my oatmeal, but goodness, I just might have to! I can relate to your “blah” feelings lately…it has become quite chilly here (and it is snowing as I write this!), and I think I’m already getting a bit of the winter blues. I like your idea of wearing fuzzy slippers and lighting candles, but I will have to find a new pair of slippers first, as my pup made a chew toy out of my current pair. :-S
    Hope you’re feeling more like you again soon! xoxo

    • Clara

      Ha- I think I need a dog for my blah feelings!

  9. I know the exact way you are feeling. I attribute it to the change in seasons. Even though I love the Fall something about the cooler air gives me a “I want to stay home” kind of feeling. Candles and slippers help : ) I also like to watch old movies in my pj’s… This oatmeal looks wonderful! It’s definitly something that I would look forward to getting out of a warm bed for. I can’t wait to try it!

    Danielle xo

  10. Oh my gosh, this is one of my go-tos! Love it! Instagrammed a shot of mine and the recipe a few weeks ago. :) XOXO

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  12. Jane

    Is there anyway I can avoid adding the sugar at the end? It sounds so yum but I have quit sugar !!

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