Spring is my favorite season.
Aside from the fact I would spend hours alongside my mother in the local pick-your-own fields March-June, the over-abundance of fresh fruits and festive holidays inspired a plethora of fun food creations from Momma. While April Fool's Day was without a doubt her biggest triumph each year, much fuss was always made over what treat would be devised to craft out St.Patrick's Day treat. A stop at the bakery for green bagels was a must, but Momma always had a way of reminding me food need not be fancy to be fun.
Ready? Let's Begin.
First prepare a small portion of your Quaker® Oats Quick 1 Minute Oatmeal in a microwave safe bowl, following the instructions on the container. Set this aside- these are your 'clouds.' Next halve about 10-15 fresh blueberries and toss them in 1 1/2 cups of boiling water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir until the blueberries begin to soften and the water has reduced about 1/3. Add 1/2 C Quaker® Oats Quick 1 Minute Oatmeal and cook until prepared to desired texture. Service your 'purple' blueberry oatmeal as the base of your rainbow bowl, dropping the reserved regular oatmeal at the bottom to form 'clouds.'
here.)- but the delicious inspiration will be live on the Best Bowl Quaker® Love hub much longer. Your bowl will never be bored again with the amazing recipes my fellow bloggers and foodies have developed from across the country. I do have to say, though, my Rainbow Oatmeal Bowl and PBK Smoothie is appropriately festive for the upcoming week. I do think Momma will approve. Now, tell me, what are some of your favorite ingredients when enjoying a bowl of Quaker® Oatmeal?
What Daughter Says: My bowl's full of color, flavor, and harmonious texture. Those blueberry oats make me smile with every bite!
Rainbow Oatmeal Bowl
***Click here for printable Rainbow Oatmeal Bowl recipe
1 C Quaker® Oats Quick 1 Minute Oatmeal
2 1/2 C Water (For Oats)
1/2 C Fresh Blueberries
3-4 Diced Fresh Strawberries
1/2 Peach, Cored and Diced
1/2 Kiwi, Diced
1. Prepare 1/2 C Quaker® Oats Quick 1 Minute Oatmeal according to package directions in microwave and set aside.
2. With remaining 1 1/2 C water over medium high heat boil 1/4 C halved blueberries until they begin to soften and water turned purple. Add remaining Quaker® Oats Quick 1 Minute Oatmeal and cook to desired consistency. Remove from heat and place in bowl as base.
3. Serve the original Quaker® Oats portion at the edge of your bowl nearest you. These will be your 'clouds.' Skipping a portion for your purple ring, layer the fresh diced fruit in a half crescent from the inside out; purple (oatmeal,) kiwi, remaining blueberries, peach, and strawberries.
PBK Oat Smoothie
Makes 2 Servings
***Click here for printable PBK Oat Smoothie recipe
1 C Ice
1/2 C Peanut Butter
1/2 C Quaker® Oats
3/4 C Milk or Milk Substitute
1 Banana, Sliced
1 C Kale
2 TBS Chia Seeds
Add all items in a blender and blend on pulse until well combined. Garnish with banana medallions and a sprinkle of chia seeds.