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I don’t know about you guys, but this time of year just about the only thing that will get me out of bed on these chilly winter mornings is the thought of something yummy to eat. What’s even better, is when it only takes minutes to make and warms me up! Oatmeal is such a great way to start the day…it’s a favorite in our house (it’s one of the few things my hubby can cook! ;)) and the kids love that it basically like eating a sundae for breakfast because of the millions of different things you can top it with and it always turns out to be delicious. Walking through Target last week they had this end cap full of Quaker® Oats and fun topping ideas that was calling my name.
I grabbed a box of Quaker® Oats and a few other ingredients and headed home to create something delicious. I picked up some dried fruits and nuts and instantly I thought of cobbler. A warm, sweet cherry apple cobbler. Yum. Here’s what you’ll need for this yummy breakfast…
This recipe is for 2 servings. Bring 1 3/4 cups water to a boil and add in 1 cup of your Quaker® Oats . Simmer over medium heat for about a minute until the water is absorbed by the oats. Mix in chopped dried cherries, chopped dried apples, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1 tbs of butter and a 1/3 cup of brown sugar while the oatmeal is still very hot.
Now, you could stop here, and let me tell you, you would not be disappointed. It is yummy!
But, what fun is cobbler without the crumb topping? I whipped up a sweet and crunchy topping for this oatmeal that takes it to the next level. The great part is, you can make this ahead of time and store it in an air tight container for a week, so you can eat it every morning. Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup of Quaker® Oats
6 tbs of flour
1/2 cup of packed light brown sugar
8 tbs butter, softened
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup of chopped pecans
Mix together all of the dry ingredients, then mix in butter using your fingers. The mixture will be crumbly in texture. Spread the mixture on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. The mixture will spread and become thin and crispy. Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely.
Once it cools, you can break it into pieces.
Top your Cherry Apple Cobbler Oatmeal with a few extra chopped pecans and a sprinkle of your crumb topping. This added touch makes your breakfast irresistible!
Do you have a great idea for an amazing oatmeal recipe? Check out select boxes of Quaker® Oats at Target to find information on how to enter the National “Bring Your Best Bowl” contest. Simply create a great oatmeal recipe using 2-5 ingredients and head on over to the Bring Your Best Bowl sweepstakes site and enter it for a chance to win $250,000. Top recipe entries will even be created and sold in stores for a limited time this fall! You can find tons of inspiration for other great oatmeal recipes there too. The contest is open until March 12, 2016 and the winner will be announced in November 2016.
I hope you are feeling inspired to whip up a little fun in the kitchen with Quaker® Oats and some great toppings! Give this Cherry Apple Cobbler Oatmeal recipe a try and let me know what you think! 🙂