I am not really a chain restaurant kind of person, but there is one chain that I try to enjoy as often as I can.
It is not nationwide, so I cannot find it everywhere, but when I see one, I make sure to go.
Corner Bakery Cafe has all kinds of baked goods and sandwiches to satisfy any hunger pangs, but surprisingly my favorite item on the menu does not fall under the baked goods section.
Today I want to share one of my favorite recipes with you as a unique twist on your next breakfast, if you are looking for healthy breakfast ideas and the healthy breakfast cereal recipes aren’t cutting it, this is a favorite breakfast recipe of mine that is packed with delicious food runners love.
Corner Bakery Cafe Swiss Oatmeal.
But first, why is this so important?
I remember it so clearly, Chicago 2010.
My parents were visiting, and we stumbled across a cute bakery with black and white oning (is that how you spell it?).
Being in Chicago, our hotel did not have free breakfast. We were looking for something to fuel a full day of tourist activities.
We chose this cute bakery, and began scanning the Corner Bakery Cafe Menu. Something caught my eye that I was not expecting; “Chilled Oatmeal”.
At first I was disgusted, who makes COLD oatmeal?!
The fact it said it was Swiss eased my mind a little bit, Sweden is one of the healthiest countries in the world after all, but I was not yet convinced.
After reading the other ingredients along with the sweet crisp that came with it, I decided I would be brave and give it a try (as did my lovely mother!).
Life begins when you step outside……..
I stared at the spoon full of creamy, almost stretchy oatmeal, expecting the worst. I thought back to my teenage years where I force fed myself oatmeal/porridge on race day.
Luckily, I could not have been more wrong.
It was absolutely delicious!
Creamy, fruity, sweet, and filling enough to keep you going through the day for only 500 calories including the pecan raisin sweet crisp!
Since that day, whenever I see a Corner Bakery Cafe I dash inside to devour the European Museli with apples, bananas, currants and cranberries no matter what time of day!
Many times I have made friends and family walk for miles to get to this Bakery that is “incredible” only to find they have “sold out”!
Devastated, I have chosen something else on the menu and halfheartedly enjoyed it, but appreciating the fact that others must be enjoying it too, so it wont be going anywhere soon!
Anyway…..long story short. I decided to try and replicate the recipe, and here it is. And oh, so simple! No cooking involved! As easy as
1. Put rolled oats (not instant) into tupperware/dish and pour just enough milk to cover the oats
2. Put in fridge and leave overnight
3. Mix in vanilla (or any other flavored) yogurt along with fruit and nuts of your choice (I used blueberries, strawberries, apples, bananas, cranberries and almonds) and give it a good stir!
Be ready to change your perspective of oatmeal forever.
I usually make enough for two days, the next day it is even creamier! And best of all, it will keep you full till lunch thanks to the slow burn of the ingredients.
I have convinced lots of people to try this, and I am yet to find a single person who did not like it! You will never know unless you try, and this is something you want to KNOW…..but maybe not tell too many others….save more for me and you 🙂
Chilled Swiss Oatmeal
2 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT instant)
1 3/4 cups Milk (you may need slightly less- you want just enough to cover oats)
1/2 cup strawberries, cut into large slices
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 apple, chopped
1/2 banana, cut in slices and then in halves
1/4 cup cranberries
1/8 cup almonds (I used sliced)
Put oats in tupperware/dish and cover with milk.
Leave in fridge overnight.
Stir in yogurt and fruit