Pumpkin Cheesecake Oatmeal

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Today is National Dessert Day – the perfect time to indulge in some REAL desserts. I made myself this Pumpkin Cheesecake Oatmeal, and as always, wanted to share the joy. No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to treat yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (Quick or Old Fashioned)*
  • 1/4 Cup(s) Canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 Teaspoon(s) brown sugar
  • 2 Teaspoon(s) Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 Teaspoon(s) Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tablespoon(s) Graham crackers, crumbled
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) Whipped cream cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) chopped pecans
  • or try 1/4 Cup(s) Quaker® Steel Cut Oats

 Preparation:

 Prepare oatmeal as usual. Stir in pumpkin puree, brown sugar, pumpkin spice, and vanilla. Top with crumbled graham crackers, a dollop of whipped cream cheese, and sprinkle with chopped pecans.

Favorite Oatmeal Pancake

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Someone had a genius idea to mix oatmeal and pancakes and it quickly became one of my favorites! If you are running out of breakfast ideas, this yummy solution from Quaker will definitely inspire you. 

Pancakes

  • 1-1/4 Cup(s) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Cup(s) Quaker® Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 2 Teaspoon(s) Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon(s) salt (optional)
  • 1-1/4 Cup(s) fat-free milk
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon(s) vegetable oil

Stir-ins (optional)

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw)
  • 1 medium-size ripe banana, mashed, and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped apple, 1/4 cup chopped nuts and 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preparation:

In large bowl, combine flour, oats, baking powder and salt; mix well. In medium bowl, combine milk, egg and oil; blend well. Add to dry ingredients all at once; stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. (Do not overmix) Add one of the stir-in options, if desired; mix gently. Heat skillet over medium-high heat (or preheat electric skillet or griddle to 375°F). Lightly grease skillet. For each pancake, pour 1/4 cup batter into hot skillet. Turn when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Turn only once.

My OatMeals Trip by Sarah Mountcastle

This past summer, as a part of Quaker’s partnership with Oatmeal Chef Sam Stephens, Quaker offered its employees the opportunity to enter into an oatmeal recipe contest. Excited about the opportunity, I decided to submit an idea that I had been kicking around in my head for a while: a Thai inspired recipe creation based on one of my favorite dishes, Pad Thai.

For me, Pad Thai is the ultimate combination – it’s salty, sweet, and spicy all at once, and there’s a blend of soft and crunchy textures with the noodles and crushed peanuts. So, I submitted my take on this recipe with some different interpretations from original Pad Thai and named it “Thailand Smiles”. A few weeks later, I found out that I had won the competition and with it, a trip to New York to visit OatMeals!

On a beautiful New York Saturday, my husband and I found ourselves in OatMeals: an adorable, cozy place. Sam greeted us with a big smile and a warm hug. We then spent the next hour tasting the delicious, unique concoctions that Sam has created and soaking in the atmosphere of OatMeals. The personality and feeling there is unique – it’s a mix of rustic Americana meets mom’s cozy kitchen meets sophisticated New York. Beyond the atmosphere, the food itself was incredible. We tried a variety of recipes including Sam’s version of the recipe I submitted “Thai Style Sweet & Spicy” as well as “Quatre Fruits Rouge” (fresh strawberries and raspberries, dried currants and cherries, honey, and almond milk). The menu itself is incredibly varied and goes far beyond what I imagined could be possible with oatmeal.

The trip was fantastic and our time spent in OatMeals is definitely one of my favorite oats moments. If you ever get the chance to visit New York, don’t forget to stop by, say hi to Sam and get a bowl of savory oatmeal! 

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Eat Your Oatmeal in Deep Bowl or Mug

While some of my recipes are made to be chilled or cold, most people enjoy a comfy bowl of warm oatmeal. Did you know that what you eat your oatmeal in plays a part in how long it stays warm?  I’d recommend using a deep bowl or mug for your next recipe– the depth keeps the oats warm until you’re done.

Time for an Oaty Tailgate Snack!

Yes, you read right, I’m in fact, suggesting you add oatmeal to your tailgating treats list. Instead of filling your weekends with burgers and beer looming, try this hearty, football - inspired Loaded OATato bowl and start your game season off the right way!

Ingredients

  • 1 c prepared Quaker Steel Cut Oats
  • 1Ž4 c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 rounded T crumbled crispy bacon
  • 1 T sour cream
  • 1Ž2 tsp chives
  • Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Directions

Prepare oatmeal as directed. Top with cheddar cheese, bacon, and sour cream. Sprinkle with fresh chives and season with salt & pepper. Enjoy! 

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Time Saving Tip

Always rush in the morning? Take your oatmeal on the go by carrying it to work or school in your travel coffee mug if you don’t have a small canteen. Try it out tomorrow! 

My Childhood Breakfast Routine

I’ve always been a morning person and to be completely honest, also a perfectionist. These traits work out well for me these days…owning an oatmeal cafe where my mornings start super early and attention to detail is a must!  As a kid though, I was always over-prepared, anxious even when it came to my morning routine before catching the bus to school.  Breakfast was a non-negotiable!  I would always eat while watching one of my favorite TV shows (and maybe finishing up some last minute reading or studying)!  I always gave myself ample time to enjoy the start of a day…and a satisfying breakfast. 

I think I went through various breakfast identities through the years.  Sometimes it was frozen pancakes, bagels, or waffles, microwaved or toasted and slathered to sweet perfection.  Other times I enjoyed cold cereal, strudel, bite size muffins, and some simple whole grain toast with jelly definitely made it into the rotation as well!  Most importantly, Quaker hot oatmeal of course!  My sister liked the instant varieties so we always had boxes in various flavors in the house but I enjoyed the Quaker Old Fashioned Oats which my mom taught me to cook all on my own on.  I felt very grown up stirring my oats on the stovetop and always preferred them even undercooked a bit, with lots of texture, a little sugar, and cold milk drizzled over the top.  I never really understood the kids who just rolled out of bed, barely leaving time to brush their hair (or teeth) and hopped on the school bus eating something wrapped in a napkin!

Weekend mornings were always a fun time to relax with my family.  I have fond memories of the family piling in the car to go out for donuts.  The kids would always have the privilege of selecting a dozen glistening donuts for our breakfast feast and without fail, we’d always make a stop at the convenient store on the way home for a gallon of milk!  On weekends that I had sleepovers with my friends my mom would make a special breakfast of pancakes and bacon, forming the pancakes in the shape of our initials!  I also learned to cook French toast, bake Cinnamon and Orange Sweet Rolls, and make sausage biscuits for my brother and I.  I’ve never liked eggs so you won’t find any egg mentions here.  My mom would make them for everyone else but I’d avoid them at all costs!

Wow, this has turned into a walk down breakfast memory lane for me! I guess mornings are kind of my thing…I like watching the sun rise and I enjoy the quiet stillness of a fresh day.  It’s no surprise really that I own an oatmeal cafe because I honestly have always felt that breakfast is something that shouldn’t be rushed through.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and part of what helped me to stay focused and perform well in school! These days, a sip of coffee is first but oatmeal is always the winner!  

Time for a Family Play!

I always love seeing families stop into OatMeals while on long walks or headed to the park. It’s great to see them staying active together. It reminds me of growing up and the fun games my family would play together.

I was so excited to hear Quaker teamed up with Fuel Up to Play 60, the nation’s largest in-school wellness program. They are looking for families to share the fun and unique ways they play together. One lucky family will win a Day of Play* with Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Andrew Luck. Do you and your family have a unique way of playing? Learn more.

*3 hours of play with 75 guests

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a little over two years since OatMeals first opened its doors in NYC. #TBT to following your dreams - I can’t wait to see what’s next! 

Baked Autumn Apple Oatmeal with Raisins

When the wind is rising and the leaves are turning, it’s time to have some autumn fun with your diet. Here comes the Baked Autumn Apple Oatmeal with Raisins, a Food, Family & Finds recipe featured by Quaker. Try it out and get ready for a fruitful season!