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. The result was this mocha email, and 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.
MarthaSaturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:10 pm
I see that this post is from 2016, but…my question: How do you cook “Old Fashioned” oats so that they’re cooked, but not gooey-slimy? Thanks.
Nick TranThursday, November 3, 2016 at 6:37 am
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.
Shelly @ Vegetarian 'VenturesWednesday, January 20, 2016 at 7:55 am
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!
SamanthaTuesday, January 19, 2016 at 2:26 pm
Be still, my heart! Coffee and breakfast combined? Say no more! 🙂
Jennifer FarleyTuesday, January 19, 2016 at 1:55 pm
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!
marciaMonday, January 18, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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.
Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast todayMonday, January 18, 2016 at 3:34 am
Coffee and breakfast in one 😀
ToriThursday, January 14, 2016 at 3:36 am
Oatmeal never sounded so appealing! What a great way to kick start the day!
Franziska GlauserThursday, January 14, 2016 at 12:50 am
Ah, this mocha oatmeal looks so good, perfect breakfast for such cold, dark days!
Have a wonderful day, Franzi
Mary-Clay | The Open OvenWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm
I love a warm bowl of oatmeal in the winter months! Yours looks delicious – I love the addition of mocha.
Sara @ Cake Over SteakWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:53 am
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. 🙂
AllysonWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:39 am
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.
Heather (Delicious Not Gorgeous)Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 10:38 am
i always love having crunchy things in my oatmeal, so the espresso beans and nibs sound great! as does the chocolate (:
Natasha @ Salt and LavenderWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:30 am
This is my kinda oatmeal!
KatrinaWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9:30 am
The coffee beans in there is such a fun addition. This oatmeal looks wonderful!
DylanaWednesday, January 13, 2016 at 8:57 am
This sounds so delicious!!