Chilled Breakfast Oats

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Are any of you fans of Corner Bakery Cafe? When I moved from California back to Oregon a few years ago there were a number of things that I missed: the ocean, the warm weather, our great friends, and some of my favorite foods. One of those that I missed the most was a breakfast item at Corner Bakery Cafe, their Chilled Swiss Oatmeal.

Now before you write this off as just “cold, sticky oatmeal” give me chance! I was skeptical at first as well. My sister, Ranae, was visiting from Oregon and she was the one that suggested we go there. She had eaten there previously and I LOVE a good breakfast so of course I agreed!

She ordered the Chilled Swiss Oats and I KNOW that I wrinkled up my nose. I am not a cold breakfast type of person, no cereal for me! I like my breakfast hot. So I probably ordered an omelet or something…I don’t remember and that is kind of the point because after I tried her oatmeal, I forgot about my own breakfast. It was DELICIOUS!

I went back many times to enjoy this dish and was so sad when I could not get it Oregon. So as a foodie and experimenter I thought- hey I can make this! And I don’t know why I hadn’t done so before because it is all simple ingredients and SO easy. It is the perfect summer breakfast with a cup of tea or coffee. So here you go, PLEASE give it a try.

Here is what you need:
(For each serving)
½ cup of Old Fashioned Oats
¼ cup plain yogurt
½ an apple, chopped
½ banana, sliced and then half those slices
1 tsp of brown sugar
1 handful of dried cranberries (so specific, right?)

Here is how you do it:

Put your oats in a bowl and cover the oats with water, just enough to cover the top.
Cover the oats and place in the fridge over night to soak the oats.

• Did you know that soaking your oats is much better for your gastrointestinal health? If you don’t soak your oats you may not be receiving the nutritional benefits of the grain! http://www.examiner.com/article/the-benefits-of-soaking-your-oatmeal

In the morning uncover your oats and drain off the excess liquid.

Combine all of the ingredients listed above and stir together. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Now, wasn’t that easy and healthy? You can use any combination of fruit, this just happens to be the fruit combination that they use and I am partial to it. The crisp of the apple is important to keep in the oatmeal so that you don’t have just a mushy breakfast but you can add a crisp pear or your other favorite fruits!

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