This post is in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company.
Mocha Oatmeal | the vanilla bean blog
January is often a time of reflection and change, and after spending the past 15 months baking my little heart out for my cookbook and buying and consuming more butter than I ever thought possible, it’s time to pay attention to the foods I’m eating. I’ve always been terrible with moderation; I usually cut all sweets and fat out of my life for a determined amount of time and then find myself slowly back on sugar train, in a never-ending circle of ‘bad’ and ‘good’ eating. There is a place for a variety of food in a diet, but I’m still learning how to integrate them well.
Mocha Oatmeal | the vanilla bean blog
Quaker reached out and asked me to be a part of their Bring Your Best Bowl program, a contest that celebrates oatmeal and all the different ways it can be enjoyed (to enter the contest and create your own unique oatmeal flavor, see below). I thought it would be a good fit for this New Year, as oatmeal for breakfast is always something I’ve wanted to incorporate into my routine. I came up with a flavor combination that was a little indulgent; it was inspired by my need for daily coffee and an afternoon bite of chocolate. It was a very good way to start my day.
Mocha Oatmeal | the vanilla bean blog

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Mocha Oatmeal
Here’s how you make mocha oatmeal (you can also find the recipe here!)
  • 1/2 cup Quaker® Old Fashioned or Quick 1-Minute Oats, prepare as usual
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate covered coffee beans, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons grated bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon cacao nibs, chopped fine
  • Half and half or milk, to taste
  1. Add toppings, stir and enjoy!
To add more coffee flavor to this recipe: instead of boiling the oats in 1 cup of water, boil them in ½ cup of fresh brewed coffee and ½ cup of water.

Bring Your Best Bowl Contest:
Quaker is on the hunt to find America’s next great oatmeal flavor by launching the Bring Your Best Bowl contest. Submit your oatmeal flavor using 2-5 ingredients, and the inspiration behind it at, for a chance to win $250,000! Three finalists will be announced on or around National Oatmeal Day – October 29, 2016 – with the flavors hitting shelves in stores nationwide for everyone to try and vote on online through November 19, 2016.

This post was sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company. All opinions are my own.

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17 Responses to mocha oatmeal

  1. Katrina says:

    The coffee beans in there is such a fun addition. This oatmeal looks wonderful!

  2. i always love having crunchy things in my oatmeal, so the espresso beans and nibs sound great! as does the chocolate (:

  3. Allyson says:

    I love the idea of adding a coffee flavor via chocolate covered coffee beans. This looks delicious, and that’s coming from a non-coffee drinker.

  4. I’m not usually a fan of oatmeal (it’s also on my list of things to “start doing”), but this mocha version is screaming at me to try it out. 🙂

  5. I love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the winter months! Yours looks delicious – I love the addition of mocha.

  6. Ah, this mocha oatmeal looks so good, perfect breakfast for such cold, dark days!
    Have a wonderful day, Franzi

  7. Tori says:

    Oatmeal never sounded so appealing! What a great way to kick start the day!

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  9. marcia says:

    since oatmeal is one of my absolute favs and coffee is the other one, this is basically what my breakfast dreams are made of. 😉 i’ve needed this in my life, haha.

  10. I’m the same as you when it comes to cutting out foods and moderation. It’s hard to find that balance. This is a wonderful meal and a great way to use Quaker Oats!

  11. Samantha says:

    Be still, my heart! Coffee and breakfast combined? Say no more! 🙂

  12. Feel that – I’ve been in the same mindset where I worked on my book for the last year and am just trying to get back into a normal, sane food routine that doesn’t consist of take out or leftovers. This oatmeal feels like the perfect place to start! Looks delicious!

  13. Nick Tran says:

    This sounds wonderful. I Google mocha oatmeal bc I just came up with the similar idea myself. Got tire of eating just oatmeal. I made mines with vanilla almond milk and just drop in some chocolate expresso beans from trader Joe. Now it taste like hot chocolate with smells of coffee. Don’t need to drink cup of coffee either.

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