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I’m excited about this recipe for two reasons. Number one, it’s a fun twist on one of my favorite desserts that I get to eat for breakfast. Banana Split Oatmeal has all the great flavors of the famous sundae but without all the sugar and fat. Number two, this recipe is actually my entry in a very exciting contest called Bring Your Best Bowl. All you have to do is create a new flavor for Quaker® Oats using 2-5 ingredients.
And the best part, you can enter to win $250,000! Yes, you read that correctly. That’s a quarter of a million dollars folks! That’s a lot of cash! Top recipe entries will be created and sold in stores for a limited time in Fall 2016. Do you have any creative ideas for a new Quaker® Oats flavor? The contest has already started, so mark your calendar with these important dates: Contest Ends on March 12, 2016 and the winner will be announced in November 2016.
So Banana Split Oatmeal is my flavor idea for the contest. What do y’all think? Any excuse to eat “dessert” for breakfast is always a good thing if you ask me! Ok, so it’s not really a dessert, but we can pretend because it’s so delicious! You don’t need tons of sugar and fattening ice cream to have a yummy banana split.
Quaker® Oats are easy to find at Kroger in the Hot Cereals section.
Putting together Banana Split Oatmeal is very easy. Start by making the oatmeal. I made it on the stovetop. I brought 1 cup of water to a bowl, then stirred in 1/2 cup of Quaker® Oats and a pinch of sea salt. I turned the heat down to medium and let it gently boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then I added my 5 special ingredients. The contest rules say you can use 2-5 ingredients to create your unique flavor (in addition to the Quaker® Oats). I like lots of flavor, so I decided to use the maximum! I found all of these items at Kroger: Banana, strawberries, vanilla Greek yogurt, walnuts and melted chocolate chips.
I placed the cooked oatmeal in a nice and deep cereal bowl. Then added the sliced bananas and yogurt in the middle. I sprinkled the chopped strawberries and walnuts over the yogurt and drizzled the melted chocolate over everything.
Then I dug in. You can eat it in layers or you could also stir it all up to combine all the flavors together.
I used fat free, sugar free vanilla Greek yogurt for mine to cut back on some of the calories. I love the added protein from the yogurt in addition to the 5g of protein per serving in the Quaker® Oats.
Banana Split Oatmeal
- 1/2 cup Quaker® Oats Old Fashioned
- 1 cup water
- Pinch of salt
- 5 ounces vanilla Greek yogurt I used fat free/sugar free
- 1 banana sliced
- 3 tablespoons diced strawberries
- 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips melted
Prepare the oatmeal according to package instructions.
Place prepared oatmeal in a cereal bowl.
Add bananas around the edges, pour yogurt in the middle. Sprinkle strawberries and nuts over yogurt. Drizzle melted chocolate over everything.