No lounging around this morning – I was up at 5 to go to a Christmas Cycle class! I don’t have to leave for the dentist until 9am so I didn’t need to get up quite so early, but I went to bed at 9 last night (when the husband is in bed at 8:30 I’m finding I’m in bed earlier too because I’m lonely downstairs by myself) and knew I couldn’t wait for the 8am class. Crazy Chuck was our instructor and Santa was there!! I loved all the cardio dance Christmas carols too 😉
Remember the Quaker Top This Contest? Well, I still haven’t heard anything official from Quaker, but I did read that the lovely PastaQueen is the winner! Read about her winning recipe here: Oatmeal Expresso. A big congrats to PQ from KERF 🙂
The good news is now I can share my recipe entry with you all!!
Or ComfOat & Joy
There’s nothing like a steamy bowl of Quaker oatmeal on a cold winter morning. This blend of wintertime flavors marries egg nog and nutmeg with a peppermint crunch in a nutritious and heart-healthy breakfast that will keep you warm and healthy from the inside out.
Watching what you eat? In addition to the health benefits of Quaker oats, Silk Nog offers a light alternative to your favorite holiday egg nog with all the flavor and creaminess you crave. Crushed candy cane adds a festive crunch, heart-healthy walnuts lend a nutty chew, and a dusting of powdered sugar adds a subtle sweetness that’s light as snow.
Winter Quakerland Oatmeal
- ¾ cup Quaker Old Fashioned oatmeal (heart-healthy serving)
- 1 ¼ cups water
- ¼ cup Silk Soy Milk Egg Nog
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp (about 4 grams) crushed candy cane
- 1 tsp (about 7 grams) chopped walnuts, toasted in a dry skillet if desired
- 1 tsp powdered sugar
- Crush candy cane in a zip top bag with a heavy pot, mallet, or rolling pin
- Combine oats, water and Silk Nog in a non-stick pot and set heat to medium.
- When oatmeal begins to thicken, begin to whip vigorously with a spatula, allowing the starch to be released.
- Continue whipping oats until reaching desired thickness, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in nutmeg.
- Pour oatmeal into bowl and top with crushed candy cane and walnuts.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
· Saturated fat is actually less than one gram but the program rounds up to 1. The small amount of saturated fat comes from oats and walnuts.
· Added sugars are less than 12 grams, but total sugar is listed as 13 grams due to natural sugars in oats, plain soy milk, and walnuts.
We were judged on taste, creativity and convenience. I knew I was taking a risk using Soy Nog, but I decided I had to go out on a limb to be original. I guess convenience had more weight than I had hoped. Nevertheless, the recipe turned out fantastic! I didn’t know how the candy cane would turn out, but the peppermint crunch is awesome (I recommend a candy cane over a peppermint because they are slightly sweeter and less minty). Since we were required to use a strict heart-healthy nutritional guideline, I couldn’t use coconut for snow because of its saturated fat and had to keep the portions of toppings teeny-tiny, but it was still excellent. And you bet I ate all of the 3/4 a cup serving!
So today, I re-made the recipe without restrictions: KERF Style! I would have used Soy Nog again but all we had on hand was the real deal. I decided also that I liked it drizzled on top more than cooked inside. I made it with half a cup of oats today since I didn’t add any more grains.
ComfOat & Joy: Peppermint Egg Nog Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup oats
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup milk of your choice
- 1 small banana, sliced thin
- Pinch salt
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 heaping tbsp walnuts
- 2 tsp crushed candy cane or peppermint candy
- 2 tsp coconut
- Drizzle of egg nog (of your choice) around the edges
Prepare whipped banana oatmeal base as directed here: Kath’s Tribute To Oats. Top with toppings. Crunch away!
Our milk smelled funky this morning so I dumped the last of it down the sink, which left only soy milk for my coffee. Despite tempering it in the microwave and adding “acid to milk not milk to acid” it still curdled 🙁 I had to stir it to try to partially emulsify it each time I took a sip. I am stopping in for milk on my way home!
I heard y’all loud and clear on the “More…”. No more more!
Off to brush, brush, brush that sugar off my teeth before the dentist!!! Not sure she would like my choice of oatmeal topping 😳