This post is in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company.
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.
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.
- 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
- Add toppings, stir and enjoy!
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 BringYourBestBowl.com, 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.