Real California Breakfast Bowl

Build a better breakfast bowl in 5 minutes with Real California Dairy. Cottagechees (3)Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a Recipe Redux contest sponsored by Real California Milk products and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Have you noticed, people are changing the way they eat? We’re eating simplier. We’re eating less processed foods. We’re cutting back on sugar and adding in more fruits and vegetables. We’re experimenting with  a myriad of whole grains, from quinoa to  sorghum. But  one thing hasn’t changed: the foodie in all of us is not willing to compromise taste! Make no mistake, allowing taste to rule  is a good thing!  Satisfaction can be, and should be,  a goal for healthy eating. (We tend to eat less when we’re satisified.)

So how do you enjoy the taste of eating right? Here’s one of my  secrets:  California Dairy. California is the country’s leading producer of milk, ice cream, butter, nonfat dry milk, and whey protein. It’s  the second largest producer of cheese and yogurt.  Real California Milk represents the simple and real dairy foods made with milk from more than 1,400 California dairy families. It’s real food made by real familes kissed by the California sun. When purchasing dairy products, look for foods made with 100% Real California milk that feature the Real California Milk or Cheese Seal..realcaliforniaseals_705x237

When you see this seal, you’ll feel good knowing that the product is certified as having been made with 100% Real California Milk from Real California Dairy families.

Today, Real California Cottage Cheese is at the heart of my  wholesome breakfast bowl. IMG_4138Prepping it, is as simple as combining these  five ingredients (and fresh mint to make it pop) ..IMG_4161.3..into  cereal bowls side by side.    Then spoon  into the  layers and savor the texture and terrific taste and of eating real food, real simple. One single bowl has  only 320 calories and is filled to the brim with  benefits including:  a source of healthy fats and  whole grains, protein rich (18 grams per serving), high in  fiber (6 grams) and a source of both calcium and iron. It’s as delicious, as it is eye appealing. Join me in enjoying the taste of eating right,  build yourself a Real California Breakfast Bowl!CottageCheeseB-fastBowl

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Real California Breakfast Bowl

Serves (serves 2)     adjust servings


(serves 2)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • dash of salt
  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 cup 1 % milkfat lowfat Real California Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pecan pieces
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • fresh mint, optional garnish


  1. Combine water, oats and salt in a 2 cup microwave safe container. Microwave on high for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes. Mix well. Set aside.
  2. 1. Place frozen wild blueberries in a microwave safe bowl. Use defrost setting for 1 minute or until thawed.
  3. 2. Arrange prepared oatmeal, cottage cheese, blueberries and pecans side by side in two cereal bowls. Drizzle each bowl with maple syrup. Garnish with fresh mint.


Recipe for a Healthy Start to Your Day: Irish Oatmeal topped with Apples, Cinnamon and Sugar

Here it is, my new favorite thing, breakfast made in a crock pot! Yep, last week I prepared some steel cut oats in a slow cooker, and now it’s become an every night affair!  Just this morning my foodie daughter ask, “Where’s that oatmeal you made?” Seriously. I am not pulling  your leg!

What could be better than having a kid ask for something nutritious and be able to make it while you sleep! Life is good!

Irish Oatmeal topped with Apples, Cinnamon and Sugar

Everyone is familiar with oatmeal (aka rolled oats) and if your nutrition vigilant you’ve probably also heard of steel cut oats (aka Irish oatmeal). But make no mistake, both are nutritious! In this post I will explain the similarities and differences and share my recipe for slow cooked steel cut oats topped with apples, cinnamon and sugar.

Both steel cut oats and rolled oats start out as harvested raw oats that are cleaned and separated from the hulls and stalks. After that they are referred to as groats (another name for grain kernel). Steel cut oats originate when the groat is cut into two or three pieces with a sharp metal blade. Rolled oats (aka old fashioned oats) originate by steaming the groats and then rolling them into flakes. The larger surface area is what helps rolled oats cook faster than steel cut oats.

Old fashioned oats and steel cut oats both offer  these nutritional benefits:

• High in soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.   Insoluble fibers  aid in regularity.

• Sodium and sugar free.

• Low in saturated fat.

• Natural source of beta glucan, an immune system booster.

• Aid in weight control by increasing satiety; fills you up so you are less likely to crave unhealthy snacks.

The advantage of steel cut oats is they  will not raise your blood sugar as rapidly as rolled oats (important for individuals with diabetes) and they have a heartier, satisfying texture.

The disadvantage of steel cut oats is they take some time to cook. However, you can circumvent this problem by making them ahead of time in a crock pot. Below is my recipe for slow cooked Irish oatmeal topped with apples, cinnamon, and sugar. This is one comfort food you can be guilt free about digging into!

What is your favorite oatmeal topping?

Irish Oatmeal topped with Apples, Cinnamon and Sugar


Irish Oatmeal topped with Apples, Cinnamon and Sugar


Slow Cooked Irish Oatmeal Topped with Cinnamon, Apples and Sugar

Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 8 hours Total Time 8 hrs 10 mins
Serves (serves 4)     adjust servings


(serves 4)

Irish Oatmeal

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup skim milk


  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Spray the bottom of a crock pot with cooking spray. Add liquid ingredients and one cup of oats. Cover and cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  2. Once the oats have finished cooking, mix cinnamon and sugar together and set aside. Chop apples and place into a large bowl; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture and toss to  coat evenly. Top each bowl of cooked oats with fruit mixture.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 210kcal Calories from fat 16
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 42mg 2%
Carbohydrate 44g 15%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 23g
Protein 6g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

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