This post was sponsored by Quaker Oats, however, the opinions expressed are 100% my own.
Growing up my favorite breakfast was always Quaker Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal. I’d switch to different cereals now and then, after all, variety is the spice of life, but I’d always come back to my Maple & Brown Sugar. So imagine my delight when I was approached by Quaker to develop a recipe using their new gluten-free oats. Now imagine the absolute euphoria I felt when I learned they were also making a Gluten-free Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal! I swear I nearly had an aneurysm.
Yes Virginia, Quaker is launching gluten-free oats nationwide this month! So if you can’t find them in stores yet, the wait is almost over. I think I hear the angels singing! They are offering three varieties: 18 oz. Quaker Quick 1-Minute Oats and Quaker Instant Oatmeal in both 10-ct. Original and 8-ct. Maple & Brown Sugar flavors. That’s right I said it: Gluten-free Maple & Brown Sugar Oatmeal!
Over the years, I could no longer enjoy oatmeal and my morning routine became dominated by eggs. The incredible, edible egg. Not so incredible when that’s all you eat. So for the first time in what seemed like forever, I ate a bowlful of that sweet yet heart-healthy yumminess. And honestly, it was better than I remembered. Was it always this good? No wonder it was my favorite. And apparently, I am not alone in my love of Maple & Brown Sugar since, out of all their flavors, Quaker choose to make it gluten-free.
Yipee! In celebration, I have developed Maple & Brown Sugar Bars so in addition to a delicious breakfast, you can also have a delicious snack or dessert. Unless, of course, you eat cookies for breakfast. No judgements. But wait there’s more…this much excitement cannot be celebrated with just a recipe! Quaker is providing one lucky winner with a Gluten-Free Cooking Kit valued at $60. It includes:
- A chic tote bag, perfect for grocery shopping
- A custom ‘Love Oatmeal’ spoon to enjoy your favorite morning meal
- An apron to wear while making oat-inspired dishes at home
- A recipe box for organizing your favorite gluten free recipes
- Delicious Quaker Gluten Free Oats, including Quaker Quick 1-minute Standard Oats (18 oz. canister) and Quaker Instant Quaker Oatmeal (single-serve pouches) in both Original and Maple & Brown Sugar flavors
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Quaker is providing the prizes for this contest. This contest is not administered by Quaker or its affiliates, but solely by Only Taste Matters.
- 16 tablespoons butter (2 sticks)
- ½ cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups Quaker Gluten Free Quick 1-Minute Oats
- ¼ cup water
- 9 ounces white chocolate*
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- *This works much better with chocolate bars but if you must use chips, use 1½ cups white chocolate chips.
- Line a 8 x 8-inch baking pan it with 2 sheets of parchment paper in a crisscross pattern. Make sure the paper overhangs the edges of the pan so you can easily lift out the bars when they are done.
- In large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Stir in the brown sugar and vanilla. Then add the oats and water. Stir until thoroughly combined.
- Cook covered over medium/low heat for 15 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes to avoid sticking.
- Uncover and stir until all the butter is absorbed and all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Press two thirds of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Tip: I used the back of a measuring cup. Set aside.
- Place the white chocolate, maple syrup, heavy cream and salt in a medium bowl set over simmering water. Stir slowly and constantly until thoroughly combined. (The mixture will be thick and syrupy.) Pour the chocolate over the crust in the pan and smooth with the back of a spoon.
- Crumble the remaining oat mixture on top and gently press. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Bring to room temperature before cutting into 16 squares.
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