Creme Brulee Protein Oatmeal

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I saw this on Pinterest {of course}. I found the original idea on Abbey’s Kitchen. But being myself, I had to lighten things up a little bit more. This was genius though and perfect timing to stumble upon it. Justin and I recently bought a pack of lighters that were all various types. One happened to be a blow-torch style lighter. So while I don’t have a fancy kitchen blow torch like you would use on real creme brulee this lighter did the trick! And it was so worth it! Nothing like waking up in the morning and getting to play with fire…

Dairy-Free Creme Brulee Protein Oatmeal

So let me point out my healthy modifications.

I used almond milk instead of water – this one is just no-brainer to me. Oatmeal in general is better with milk instead of water. And I always use almond milk or some type of nut milk because I don’t do dairy. And it’s always unsweetened because it doesn’t need added sugar.

No Egg Whites – I’m guessing this makes it taste a little more custard-like, as actual creme brulee tastes, but I can’t eat eggs. I did however include some butter extract to compensate.

I made them protein oats of course and included vanilla protein powder. Only 1/2 a serving though.

Instead of vanilla beans I used vanilla extract – because I’m not the type of person that buys vanilla beans.

Last but not least, I used coconut sugar instead of brown sugar. Coconut sugar is slightly more nutritious and plus that’s what I keep on hand.

I also probably used date syrup instead of maple syrup because that’s just my personal preference.

Dairy-Free Creme Brulee Protein Oatmeal

Creme Brulee Protein Oatmeal

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1/2 cup rolled or quick oats gluten free if necessary
  • 1/2-1 cup almond milk unsweetened*
  • 1 vanilla protein powder plant-based
  • 1 tbsp date syrup or maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar


  1. Pour oats and milk together in a microwave safe bowl
  2. Microwave according to directions. 1-2 minutes for quick oats, 2-3 minutes for rolled oats usually.
  3. Stir in the protein powder, date syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. *If too thick, add a little more milk. The quantity depends on the protein powder and how thick you like your oats to be.
  4. Sprinkle the coconut sugar on top and use a kitchen torch or lighter to caramelize it.
  5. Top with fresh berries if desired and enjoy!


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