The recipe I’m sharing today is so easy that you can make it while half-asleep, which is particularly good news for those of us in the United States who just lost an hour and so are likely to be groggy and disoriented in the morning for a least a few days! I cooked up this Irish cream oatmeal with St. Patrick’s Day in mind, but the more I think about it, this boozy, cheerfully sprinkle-laden oatmeal is JUST what we all need to help us get out of bed in the week or so following the start of daylight saving time. And don’t worry: there’s enough Irish cream for the flavor to come through marvelously, but not enough to make you tipsy for your morning commute!
When I was a kid, we ordinarily had the apple cinnamon/maple and brown sugar/cinnamon and spice variety pack of instant oatmeal, but once in a while my mom would buy the fruit and cream box, and I considered that a real treat. The addition of cream makes a huge difference in terms of mouth feel and richness, and using Irish cream has the same effect—although with a distinctly more adult flavor, of course! To make things more visually (and texturally) interesting, I loaded up my oatmeal with cacao nibs and colored sprinkles, but feel free to use whatever floats your boat: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, Lucky Charms marshmallows, etc.
If the recipes on this blog are any indication, it seems that I prefer to eat rather than to drink my alcohol, and that breakfast is as good a time as any to do so. Mimosa coffee cake? Don’t mind if I do! Margarita pancakes? Put me down for a full stack! Irish cream oatmeal? HECK. YES. What about you? What’s the booziest breakfast you’ve ever had?
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- 3/4 cup water
- 2-3 tablespoons Irish cream
- 1 teaspoon cacao nibs
- Combine the oats, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, and water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until bubbles rise to the surface. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cover for 5 minutes.
- Stir in the Irish cream and top with cacao nibs and sprinkles.
- If you can’t find cacao nibs, chocolate chips are also a great addition.
David @ Spiced says
I love the idea of using a bit of Irish cream in oatmeal! I’m a huge fan of oatmeal, too…it’s the perfect breakfast on cold winter days. We’re supposed to have snow (again) here tonight/tomorrow/the next day/probably the day after that, too…so oatmeal with a bit of Irish cream sounds like something that just needs to happen!
It’s snowing here again too…someday it will be warm again! Until then, lots of oatmeal…and your carrot cake coffee cake too. Mmm, I may a need a nap after an epic breakfast like that 😉
chef mimi says
This oatmeal is really making me smile!
I’m glad to hear it! Sprinkles have that effect on people 🙂
Mmmm, what a tasty recipe, loved the addition of cinnamon in it. 🙂
Thanks, Puja! I always put cinnamon in my standard oatmeal (just brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon), so I couldn’t resist adding some to a new variety like this one.
Oh, this looks so yummy! I think I have to give this a try:)
I hope you get a chance to try it! Let me know what you think if you do 🙂
Sign me up for anything involving sprinkles in the morning!! The “booziest” breakfast dish I’ve ever had was in Nashville – I had pancakes with blueberry moonshine sauce. Pretty sure all the boozy flavor was cooked out of it (thankfully) and it was just a super sweet berry syrup! I’d take this bowl over that stack any day.
Ooh, blueberry moonshine sauce sounds pretty delicious, but that’s a little misleading if you can’t actually taste any booze! You can definitely taste it in this oatmeal – I decided to stir it in after cooking to preserve as much of the flavor as possible 🙂
Life Diet Health says
Mara what a colourful bowl of oatmeal! I’ve never tried adding Irish cream but I can imagine it tastes amazing! Thanks so much for sharing at Fiesta Friday this week.
Adding sprinkles is always a good choice 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and for hosting this week!
Life Diet Health says
Co-hosting always gives you so much inspiration… Sprinkles on oatmeal, who knew!😋
The booziest breakfast I’ve ever had involved bananas foster, but I really like this idea because the Irish cream can “accidentally” slip into the morning coffee as well 🙂 I’ll have to whip up a batch after I pick up Irish cream. Looking forward to more posts!
Ooh, that sounds delicious! But yes, this oatmeal is definitely a boozy breakfast in a hurry kind of dish – I hope you get a chance to try it!
Jeff the Chef says
Increase the Irish cream to 2-3 cups, and I’m in. 😉 (Although I love cacao nibs – great addition!)
Ha! Yes – would you like a little oatmeal to go with your Baileys? I’m always a fan of adding more Irish cream 😀