Jamie says: My second entry for the Food and Culinary Professionals Quaker’s at Breakfast and Beyond Recipe Contest was in the Power Pairs category. The overachiever in me decided I wanted to go above and beyond power “pairs,” so I made the whole meal out of super foods.
This super healthy breakfast is not only good for your health- but also for your eyes. (That is, it’s quite visually appealing.)
The sweetness is from fruit- frozen cherries and fresh blueberries- and dark chocolate. The toasted walnuts add a wonderful nutty flavor and the kefir adds a hint of bitterness and cools it down.
I called it: Super Oats because they’re super delicious and super healthy!
Super Oats: Chocolate Cinnamon Oatmeal with Sweet Cherry Kefir and Toasted Walnuts
Total Time: 20 minutes
- ½ cup walnut halves
- 5 cups water
- 2 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
- ¼ cup natural unsweetened cocoa
- 1 Tbsp and 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups frozen, pitted cherries
- 1 cup and 4 tsp unsweetened nonfat kefir, divided
- 2 ¼ oz dark chocolate, divided
- 1 1/3 cup fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 350⁰F. Place walnuts on a baking sheet and toast for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to a cutting board. Chop walnuts into bite-sized pieces.
- Use a knife to shave chocolate into small curls.
- In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and stir in oats. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cocoa powder, cinnamon, and half of shaved chocolate.
- In a blender, pulse frozen cherries and 1 cup kefir until well-blended.
- To serve, pour cherry kefir into four bowls. Scoop oatmeal into center of each bowl. Top oatmeal with blueberries, chopped walnuts, and reserved chocolate shavings. To decorate, use a teaspoon to drop small amounts of reserved plain kefir on top of cherry kefir.
- Nutrition note: Start your day in a rockin’ way with this super foods breakfast. There are a lot of nutrition highlights for this one, but here are a few of the benefits: oatmeal has soluble fiber which can help decrease your cholesterol; dark chocolate and natural unsweetened cocoa contain antioxidants (the cocoa also has fiber); kefir is full of probiotics which are good for your immune and digestive health plus it has vitamin D and calcium for bone health; blueberries are an antioxidant powerhouse; walnuts have heart-healthy omega-3s; and cherries also have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which are beneficial for muscle function and recovery in athletes. Whew! And that wasn’t even all the nutrition highlights!