Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Recipe: Americana Bacon, Maple & Blueberry Breakfast Oatmeal

The things I love to have on pancakes at breakfast, American style are blueberries, bacon and maple syrup. Now, while I'm usually not fussed about the calorie content of my treats, making a batch of hot, fresh and fluffy American pancakes for breakfast in the mornings is something only to be reserved for lazy days and weekends. So, how could I get my fix on a weekday? So, one morning I decided to put my pancake toppings atop a steaming bowl of oatmeal, and my Americana Breakfast Oatmeal was born. (Yes, Mummy, I give you permission to be shocked. Not only has your daughter started to eat red meat since moving to America, but she now voluntarily eats oatmeal for breakfast too! You're never going to get me eating Brussel Sprouts though.)
I find this topping combo gives the perfect balance of sweet (from the syrup and the blueberries) and salty (from the bacon bits). When I eat my oatmeal plain, I do tend to like to sweeten it with maple syrup or honey mixed in before cooking, so if you are not big on the sweetness, you can leave the syrup out of your oats, and only add it to the bacon bits topping. Its all about what suits your personal tastes. This recipe serves one.

  • 1/2 Cup Oats, Rolled or Steel Cut etc., whichever your prefer (I use Rolled)
  • 1 Piece Unsmoked Streaky Bacon (Smoked will work if you can't find Unsmoked, USA readers)
  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • A Handful Blueberries

First cook your bacon until crispy. If this is a weekday breakfast and you want to be quick about it, it should only take a minute or two in a very hot frying pan. Set aside on kitchen roll to soak up all the excess fat. Meanwhile, mix the water and the oats in a large, microwave proof bowl and add a tablespoon of the maple syrup. Stir well, and microwave on high for one minute. Meanwhile, cut the bacon into small pieces. Place in a small bowl and pour over the remaining syrup. Stir, and set aside. Stir the oatmeal and return to the microwave for another minute. It should be cooked and the water should be absorbed, but you can put it back in for another 30 seconds or so if you think it needs it. Allow to cook for a few minutes, so the bowl is cool enough to touch and the oatmeal won't burn your tongue if you try to eat it (!) and top with the blueberries, followed by the maple bacon mixture. Enjoy!
Oatmeal is still a relatively new foodstuff for me, so any other serving suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Though, I have had some ideas involving coconut milk, coconut flakes and fresh banana slices I want to experiment with...


  1. This sounds amazing! I'm a fellow english girl who is obsessed with maple syrup on bacon! this would make porridge so much more palatable!

  2. Eurgh, I don't understand putting bacon with sweet things... haha! Sure looks good though, I'd definitely have it without the bacon ;)

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

  3. Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing!

    Maria xxx

  4. Have you tried it though? I was totally against it, until I actually tried it.

  5. I am obsessed with oatmeal and have it everyday (maybe multiple times a day but shh) and trying to make my way through all the recipes on this blog (http://theoatmealartist.blogspot.co.uk/), Julie and Julia style..just without the blogging about it bit. It has some of the best combinations i've ever tried and the other day I tried my first baked oatmeal one and oh my days it is just the best. It's a completely different texture to normal oatmeal and so good. :)

  6. Thanks for the recommendation Jane, I'm heading over to check out that site right now. (Also, don't worry, I totally have oatmeal for lunch some days too!)

  7. I love oatmeal - For a real treat mix in a teaspoon of nutella (or similar & make sure the milk/water is warm) and some sultana's and even a few pieces of chopped apple = Amazing!!! x