Skinny Boston Cream Pie Oatmeal

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A 5-ingredient recipe for vanilla custard-flavored oatmeal topped with a rich dark chocolate drizzle. Packed with protein & surprisingly healthy!



For the week I turned 16, I convinced my family to fly to Boston for our summer vacation, with the not-so-secret ulterior motive of seeing a Red Sox’s game as part of my dad and my MLB stadium tour. Eager to revisit their old graduate school stomping grounds, my parents agreed in a heartbeat, so just a few days after classes ended, we packed up our bags and boarded a plane, landing in the humid and overcast East Coast 5+ hours later.  


Besides the iconic Fenway Park, our family brainstormed a list of other famous places to visit on our trip. After memorizing Longfellow’s legendary poem, “Paul Revere’s Ride,” with my mom in middle school, the two of us practically begged to stop by the Old North Church and climb the steps to the bell tower where his accomplice lit those two lanterns in the eerie midnight silence.



When the ominous clouds burst and caused a rain delay to our baseball game, we toured the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a stately mansion filled with paintings, tapestries, and statues, to stay dry. While I admired the antique furniture, Dad paused over most of the wooden pieces (he woodworks as a hobby!), and we both agreed it was well worth the postponed game to experience that rich culture.


We also set aside time to drive by my parents’ first apartment, walk through the halls of MIT, snap pictures outside their old grad school office doors, and, most importantly, hop on the subway to the North End to eat our weight in cannoli.



As my parents’ favorite treat while studying and working in Boston, we sampled multiple flavors, from plain and chocolate chip to pistachio and caramel. On our last visit to the bakery before driving up to Nantucket, I started walking around the display case while they waited in line to order, and I spotted something unfamiliar and confusing: a cake with the label “Boston Cream Pie.”



Although my parents tried explaining the conundrum to me, I still didn’t quite understand. A two-layer yellow cake, filled with a custard-like pastry cream and topped with dark chocolate ganache, was called a “pie?”


Regardless, we purchased a slice to take back to our hotel room along with the cannoli, and we finished it off faster than all of the other pastries combined!



So this Skinny Boston Cream Pie Oatmeal is my healthy breakfast version of that traditional dessert! A rich dark chocolate drizzle sits on top of the creamy vanilla oats, filling your taste buds with cozy yet decadent flavors in every spoonful. With just 5 ingredients and only 5 minutes to make, this low-calorie meal is the sweetest way to fit protein and fiber into your morning meal!



Instead of a single layer of cream squashed in the middle, we’re going to make the entire bowl of oats taste like that custard, using my one secret ingredient: instant vanilla pudding mix. I usually prefer the French vanilla flavor, if you can find it. The pudding mix makes the oatmeal taste exactly like custard, or the crème filling of an Oreo!


Ignore the package’s directions; we only need the powder to flavor the oatmeal, not thicken it. The oats already do that just fine on their own! Mix the instant pudding with the milk and oats (use gluten-free, if necessary), and microwave the bowl until the hot cereal has thickened. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent it from bubbling over the rim!


You could use the stovetop instead, if you prefer, but that dirties an extra pot and I’m already waist-deep in dishes every day as it is!



You only need 3 ingredients for the dark chocolate “ganache”: cocoa powder, milk, and sweetener. Yes, that’s it! Mix those together in a bowl; then drizzle on top of the cooked oatmeal. I spooned mine into a zip-topped baggie and snipped off the corner to create the fancy lines. Or if you’re short on time, just spread it in a thin layer across the top instead!


I prefer my chocolate on the dark side—the richer the better!—but if you’d like yours a little milkier, add more sweetener. But be warned… If you’re a chocoholic like me, you may need to double the amount. It’s much too tempting to eat it straight out of the bowl and skip the oatmeal underneath!



Healthy yet indulgent, this Skinny Boston Cream Pie Oatmeal is so easy to make and really tastes like the traditional Massachusetts bakery treat! Creamy custard flavors in the oats, a rich dark chocolate drizzle on top… It’s basically bliss in a bowl!


Because who wouldn’t want to eat dessert for breakfast?



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Skinny Boston Cream Pie Oatmeal

Yield: 1 bowl

Skinny Boston Cream Pie Oatmeal

This healthy breakfast tastes just like the iconic Massachusetts cake! Creamy vanilla custard-flavored oats topped with a rich dark chocolate drizzle—all ready in 5 minutes. What’s not to love?

1/3 c old-fashioned oats (gluten-free if necessary)
2/3 c + 1 tsp skim milk, divided
0.25 oz (1 serving) fat-free, sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp granulated Splenda (or other sweetener, to taste)

  1. To prepare the oatmeal, add the oats, 2/3 cup milk, and pudding mix to a large microwave-safe bowl. Stir to dissolve the pudding mix. Microwave on HIGH for 1 minute 45 seconds. Stir, and microwave again for 1 minute, stirring every 15 seconds to prevent the oatmeal from bubbling over. Let the oatmeal rest for 2 minutes.
  2. To prepare the chocolate topping, stir together the cocoa powder, Splenda, and remaining 1 teaspoon milk in a small bowl. Drizzle on top of the cooked oatmeal.

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  1. Lisa @ Running to Bake says on July 18, 2014 at 6:29 am

    OMGSH! My husband will DIE when he has this! Boston Cream is his fave!

    • Amy says on July 18, 2014 at 11:08 am

      That’s too perfect. I really hope he likes it Lisa! :)

  2. Brittany says on July 18, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve always though of Boston as such a charming city. The only time I’ve been was in March, and I only made it to the airport! I was there for a few hours, but not long enough to feel comfortable venturing outside! One of these days I will make it back and explore!! These oats look mighty tasty, I love the design on top, reminds me of a Starbucks flavored macchiato! 😉

    • Amy says on July 18, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      You’re so cute with your Starbucks reference! Are you still working there while taking classes? And yes, Boston is definitely worth a second visit, especially if you only saw the inside of the airport! I’d love to go back sometime, but hopefully it won’t be quite as overcast and muggy when I do. 😉

  3. Mary Frances says on July 19, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Mom and I were trying to figure out if and what I would like to do for my senior trip – anywhere with dessert as their “known for” food! 😉 Just kidding, but Boston sounds so fun! Paul Revere’s ride, yes, that one is very much engrained in my memory :) Can you believe I’ve never had Boston Cream Pie? True, the name is midleading (they should make a true pie with those flavors …) but wow does it sound good! And this oatmeal for breakfast? Hello chocolate and custard. Pinning!

    • Amy says on July 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thanks for your sweet comment and the pin Mary Frances! :) Did you memorize that poem too? And I’d vote for Boston or NYC, if you’re on the East Coast. If you’ve ever watched “You’ve Got Mail” and seen the bakery scene, that place actually exists! We visited it on a family vacation, and those desserts are to die for. (But of course, Paris or Hawaii would be my #1 choice — if money grew on trees!)

  4. Kimberly says on July 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Just finished my bowl … YUMMY !

    I don’t do sugar free (just can’t go the fake food/stuff route !) so I used french vanilla instant pudding and powered sugar to make the drizzle.

    Will be making this again…. tomorrow night : )

    Thanks so much for sharing !

    • Amy says on July 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the oatmeal Kimberly, and that’s a huge compliment that you want to make it again so soon!! :) Thanks for including your modifications; I always enjoy hearing what tweaks work. I hope you enjoy your next bowl too!

  5. Dorothy @ Crazy for crust says on July 19, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    I love the idea of adding pudding mix to oatmeal!! I’m so trying that.

    I loved Boston. We only spent a day there ,but we walked the freedom trail and it was so cool to see the city sights!

    • Amy says on July 19, 2014 at 11:10 pm

      I hope you like it Dorothy! Totally helps with the normal “blah” factor of plain oatmeal. 😉 That sounds like a fun way to spend your time in Boston! I’d love to go back, and the freedom trail would definitely be on my list of things to do.

  6. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife says on July 25, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    You are the queen of delicious healthy oatmeal! 😉 This sounds lovely!

    • Amy says on July 25, 2014 at 10:17 pm

      Aww thank you so much Jocelyn; that means a lot to me! :)

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