Pots de creme are a wonderful and super healthy comfort food
It takes minutes to whip up, and costs pennies. The dessert of my lean years, when I learned all about Quick and Healthy Cooking
Long before the whole-grain fashion began (I am not telling you how long, I heard ladies don’t do that, but I will give you a hint: circa my ultra-lean student years, the very years that inadvertently turned me into a cook, as I was constantly bartering all kinds of favors for a good homemade dinner), I was exploring ways to eat nutritious food for pennies and in minutes, and subsist on a low-low budget.
Oats and all their possibilities were, as they still are, at the top of my list.
You would think I would at all costs stay away from the struggling-student association they inevitably conjure up in my mind. Exactly the opposite is the case, I assure you!
Now I can jazz up my pots de creme:
I add really fabulous and easy-to-find ingredients and end up with an elegant comfort food.
The lean years were fun and creative and made me the nutritious-delicious-inexpensive cook that I am: Forgive me if I say it with great pride as I go down memory lane!
To all our gluten-free diners friends: This is for you too!
- 3 cups milk or non-dairy milk (soy, rice, oat, coconut, almond etc…)
- 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk
- 1 cup steel cut oats (no substitutions: i.e, no old fashioned, no quick, no instant)
- 1 cup chocolate chips, best quality
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
- 3 tablespoons rum or brandy
- Good pinch salt
Bring the milks to boil in a saucepan. As soon as it comes to a boil, reduce the temperature to low, add the remaining ingredients and cook, covered, about 20 minutes. Pour into a bowl or a dozen individual bowls, and chill. Serve cold, garnished with a little grated coconut if desired.
Vanilla Pots de Creme:
Omit the chocolate and the coffee. Add 1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or cinnamon, or orange flower water), 1/2 cup golden raisins, 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, 1-2 shredded green apples.