This post is in partnership with The Quaker Oats Company
Welcome back to Breakfast Week on IBC!
When I’m trying to be more conscious of my breakfast decisions, I will take the time to make eggs or a bowl of oatmeal. I know that breakfast is important. Plus, to prevent myself from reaching for an unhealthy snack at 10 AM, a breakfast that fills me up is actually a smart idea. I usually stick with oatmeal because clean-up is easy, and I can get a little touch of sweetness if I want.
In celebration of eating a better breakfast, and with the help of my friends at Quaker, I’m sharing a delicious idea that will make you actually want to take a few minutes to prepare something yummy to start your day.
Here’s the deal: Quaker is on the hunt to find America’s next great oatmeal flavor with their Bring Your Best Bowl contest. They are asking Americans to submit their most inspired oatmeal flavors using 2-5 ingredients for the chance to win $250,000. The winning combination will also be brought to life as a Quaker Instant Oatmeal. Entries will be judged on originality, creativity and inspiration, and realistic execution. The latter means that Quaker could actually turn it into a delicious flavor of instant oatmeal. I know there are some creative folks out there. So, give it a shot! You can find all of the details, rules, deadlines, etc. via BringYourBestBowl.com
To help get your creative mind working, I thought I’d join in on the fun and share some oatmeal inspiration; and I’m looking to one of my favorite flavor combinations – cherry and almond. This past December, I told you how to make White Chocolate Cherry Almond Quick Bread. I’m not sure what it is about this combination, but my taste buds seem to enjoy it. That’s why I created this Cherry Almond Oatmeal.
To make things even better, this oatmeal combination is super simple. Like many people, I need to go easy in the morning at least until the coffee kicks in.
First, I cooked my oatmeal. I did this in the microwave because it’s quick. In addition to the water, I used the smallest splash of almond extract to get that yummy almond flavor cooked right into my oats.
After that, I added a sprinkle of brown sugar. Since my breakfast of choice is leftover cake, I need a little sweetness in the morning.
To finish things off, I topped my cooked oats with sliced almonds and fresh cherries.
Not too bad, right? The only thing that takes a bit of time is slicing the cherries, but you could certainly do that the night before.
Although you probably won’t need a recipe to make this, (It is pretty basic.), I created one for you to have as a tickler, so you won’t forget about making this. Let’s take a peek.
makes 1 bowl
Here's what you will need:
1/2 cup Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats
1 cup water (or milk)
Pinch of salt
Splash of pure almond extract
1-2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 cup fresh cherries, pitted and quartered
2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Begin by combining the oats, water (or milk), salt, and almond extract in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 1 1/2 - 2 minutes. Stir.
Top with brown sugar, cherries, and almonds. (Use as much or as little of these ingredients as you like to create your best bowl.) Enjoy!
See, pretty simple! I may just have to pass on the sweets for breakfast and stick to my Cherry Almond Oatmeal instead.
Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to whip up your own oatmeal combo. Again, to share you creative oatmeal idea, head on over to BringYourBestBowl.com. You can also follow along with Quaker on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook. Good luck and enjoy your oatmeal!