Elli Quark Episode 4 #EatCleanShowdown

I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a contestant for a competition Elli Quark is hosting! For the competition, there are about 4 or 5 contestants chosen, and 3 judges.

Each of the contestants receive a “Mystery Box” with mystery ingredients and a theme. Each week is different, and so this week, our theme was Overnight Oats! How perfect! The ingredients we had to use were Elli Quark Mint Chocolate quark, avocados, a raw coconut, loose Indian Black Chai, and ginger.

I was so thrown off by the random ingredients, but I tried channeling my inner chef, and created 2 variations. One was dark chocolate overnight oats inside the coconut with a swirl of mint chocolate, topped with dark chocolate coconut mousse, ginger candy, and toasted chai coconut chips. The second was a fudgey mint chocolate overnight oats parfait with a dark chocolate “mousse” topped with coconut chai chips and toasted ginger candy!

Same concept, but different ways of laying it out!

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INGREDIENTS FOR OATS:

-1 cup oats

-2/3 cup liquid (I used cashew milk)

-chocolate stevia

-2 tbs dark cocoa powder

INGREDIENTS FOR MINT CHOCOLATE LAYER:

-1 container Elli Quark Mint Chocolate quark

-optional: 1 tsp chia seeds and some chocolate chips

INGREDIENTS FOR TOASTED COCONUT AND GINGER:

-fresh ginger, chopped into small bits

-coconut

-coconut water

-coconut sugar

-loose Indian black chai

INGREDIENTS FOR DARK CHOCOLATE COCONUT MOUSSE:

-2 ripe avocados

-2 tbs dark cocoa powder

-drops of coconut stevia (or sweetener of choice + coconut water)

Oh, and this is how you open a coconut.

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DIRECTIONS:

  • Cook the oats in a large bowl. Microwave for 1:30 at first. Stir, and microwave for additional 30 second intervals until the oats have almost absorbed the liquid.
  • Mix together the mint chocolate quark with chocolate chips and chia seeds so it can thicken.
  • While the oats are cooling, gather your garnishes and put it on a foiled oven sheet.
  • Toss the black chai on the coconut slivers. Pour a little coconut water and coconut sugar on the chopped ginger and coconut slivers.
  • Put in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 7 min on broil. No need to preheat.
  • While the garnishes are toasting in the oven, put the avocados + stevia + dark cocoa powder in a blender and blend until smooth to make the mousse.
  • Layer your chia/quark mix and oats in a jar and top it with the mousse.
  • Cover and store overnight
  • Top with the garnishes in the morning!
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Java Chip Ice Cream Oats

If you do not know already, one of my good friends, Kirsten (blog here and Instagram here), and I do a weekly collaboration for oatmeal because we both love our oats! This week, we also guest starred another one of our friends, Dani (blog here and Instagram here), who came up with the genius idea to make our favorite ice cream treat into oats form.

I immediately thought of java chip. You just can’t go wrong with the rich chocolate base with the kick of coffee and the added chocolate chips for some chunky chocolatey goodness.

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So here is my oatmeal recreation of the flavor!

 

Oat Base:

1/2 cup rolled oats

-1 cup milk of choice

-packet of stevia, or 7 drops chocolate stevia

-1/2 heaping teaspoon of coffee granules

-1 tbs dark cocoa powder

-optional but recommended: 1 tsp chia seeds

“Whipped Cream” Base:

-1/4 c yogurt of choice (I use Trader Joe’s plain non fat Greek yogurt)

-1 packet stevia if using plain yogurt, or in this case, I used vanilla creme stevia drops

Chocolate chip and sauce:

-1 tbs dark coco powder

-1 tbs water

-3 chocolate stevia drops

Directions:

Combine oat base ingredients in a medium/large bowl. Microwave for 1:30, mix. Microwave for :30, mix. If the oats have not puffed up a little by then, microwave for another :10-:15 sec. There should still be a layer of liquid. Mix in chia seeds if using while the oats cool. Cover and store overnight.

For the chocolate chips and sauce, mix together the ingredients. Pour half of the mixture into another small container. Add more water if desired. Place one in the freezer (for the chocolate chips), and place one in the fridge (for the sauce). In the morning, you’ll have to chop the frozen cocoa powder with a knife in order to make it like chips.

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In the morning, mix together the whipped cream base and place on top of oats. Then add your chocolate chips and sauce!

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What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

Maple Cinnamon Coffee Oatcakes

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This is a quick, easy recipe that uses minimal ingredients. You can also take these on the go!

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup oats of choice, but rolled oats works best

-1/2 banana

-1/2 tsp coffee granules

-a dash of cinnamon

-1/2 tsp maple extract

-scant 1/2 tsp baking powder

-sweetener (I used 1 stevia packet)

 

Directions:

Mix everything in a bowl. Heat a pan on low heat with cooking spray. I used coconut oil cooking spray. Take a tablespoon of the batter and plop it on the pan. It should take about 45 seconds or 1 minute to cook. These don’t bubble like pancakes so make sure you’re making sure it’s not burning or too gooey by checking the bottom with your spatula. Top with whatever your heart desires such as honey, agave, maple syrup, peanut butter, etc.!

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Peaches n’ Cream Oats

When I was younger, I used to live off of Quaker instant oatmeal packs with all the different, fun flavors. My absolute favorite was the one with the dinosaur eggs. Mostly because I liked to play around with them and make up stories about where they came from and where they’re going (my stomach…but to them it was a safe haven…sh).

My next favorite though was the peaches and cream. It’s kind of strange since I’m not a huge peach fanatic, but this flavor was just really good!

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It tasted amazing hot and the peaches melted in your mouth. So now that my first year of college is over, I was reminiscing, and decided to make my own peaches and cream oatmeal! Thankfully I liked a flavor that was easy to recreate!

Oat Base:

1/2 cup rolled oats

-1 cup milk of choice

-packet of stevia, or drops of your favorite flavor stevia, or sugar of choice

-1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Cream” Base:

-1/2 c yogurt of choice (I use Trader Joe’s plain non fat Greek yogurt)

-packet/1 serving stevia if using plain yogurt, or in this case, I used vanilla creme stevia drops

-a dash of cinnamon

–1/4 soft peach

-optional  : chia seeds

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Directions:

Combine oat base ingredients in a medium/large bowl. Microwave for 1:30, mix. Microwave for :30, mix. If the oats have not puffed up a little by then, microwave for another :10-:15 sec. There should still be a layer of liquid. While the oats cook, mix together the “cream” base in a (MINIMUM) pint-sized jar. Add your chia seeds on top, if using. Place “cream” mixture in the fridge while the oats cool and soak up some of the liquid. Once cooled, pour the oats into the pint-sized jar with the “cream.” Mix all together with a spoon, or shake vigorously (it’s a nice workout)! Put the lid on and store in fridge overnight. Top with the rest of the peaches in the morning.

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MyOatmeal.com Review

I’ve heard of myoatmeal.com here and there, but honestly, I was a little skeptical of trying it because I firmly believed I could recreate the flavors they had, so why spend money on flavors I can do on my own?

Oh how I was wrong.

When I finally looked up their website, I was greeted with rotating pictures of body builders and delicious looking dessert photos. I thought to myself, “okay not too bad so far,” but I was still hesitant. I clicked the tab at the top of the screen labeled “Build Your Own Blend” and was immediately intrigued. They have a variety of different oats to choose from, including gluten-free, and my personal favorite type, 5 grain rolled oats. However, I just stuck with the cheaper one for now, the quick rolled instant oats.

Then, it went into their oatmeal flavors. This was the fun part by far. I spent approximately 20 minutes trying to figure out what flavors I wanted to get. You can choose up to 3 flavors per blend. Finally, after some help from fellow Instagrammers, I went with 2 different blends: s’mores with graham cracker crust, and cake batter with sweet icing. There’s also a few more sections where you can choose any add-ins like your choice of fruits, nuts/seeds, and sweetener. For the sake of budget, I didn’t choose any and figured I could add my own things to it when I received my package.

The last thing to do is to name your oatmeal! I named mine “Please sir, can I have s’more” and “Let them eat cake.” I thought I was being pretty creative, and secretly hoped MyOatmeal would feature them on their Instagram page (but no luck!).

So let’s get to the part you were REALLY waiting for! The taste test!

 

1. Please sir can I have s’more (s’mores + graham cracker crust)

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When I got my package, I ripped it open and took a sniff. The smell almost knocked me out, but in a good way. It was so sweet and I just wanted to gobble up the whole bag right there! The aroma smelled exactly like a graham cracker, and not too much of a marshmallow, which I actually prefer. My mom loved the smell as well and couldn’t believe there wasn’t any added sugar in it.

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I went with 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, and a packet of stevia. I cooked it up and let it soak the liquid. Once cooled, I added in a mix of 1/2 cup plain non fat Greek yogurt with 2 drops vanilla creme stevia and 2 drops chocolate stevia. I stirred it all until the yogurt was well incorporated and then stored it in the fridge overnight, covered.

In the morning, I added 1/4 cup peanut flour mixed with maple extract and cinnamon, frozen banana coins, and Walden Farms chocolate syrup.

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The taste was absolutely phenomenal. It wasn’t overly sweet, but it definitely resembled a graham cracker. Again, the marshmallow flavor I thought was not entirely there, but not being a huge marshmallow fan, I fully enjoyed it. The texture of the oats was also very “pillowy,” but not as thick as rolled oats. Despite eating it cold, it still had a resemblance of a warm, gooey s’mores, but not the fully toasted types. This was more of a slightly gooey marshmallow that barely touched the flame.

Rating: 9/10 because I highly enjoyed this flavor, but I wish there was just a slightly more toasted flavor.

 

2. “Let them eat cake” (cake batter + sweet icing)

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For this batch, I made the oats with 1/2 cup oats, 1.25 cup water (just because the liquid soaked up really fast with s’mores), and half a packet of stevia. Once the oats cooled after cooking, I added in Greek yogurt that was mixed with 3 drops vanilla creme stevia. In the morning, I topped it off with 1/4 cup peanut flour mixed with water, coconut extract, and 1 drop chocolate stevia. Also some strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and frozen banana pieces.

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When I first took a bite, it didn’t strike me as cake batter. I think the only missing component was more sweetener, which was a fault on my part. I could tell the flavor resembled a vanilla cake however, and I enjoyed it still. It was a shame my first try of it was not as successful as I imagined it, but it still satisfied my taste buds. Next time I try it, I will add the whole pack of stevia, and perhaps drizzle it with some honey. As for the sweet icing taste, I could not tell the difference between icing and cake flavor. All the flavors kind of united as one.

Rating: 7.5/10 because I honestly did not feel like I was eating cake with this flavor (possibly due to my own fault), but still satisfied my sweet tooth.

Overnight Oats with natural, no sugar added chocolate sauce

Do you have trouble getting vegetables into your meals? This recipe is perfect to get your vegetables in, but in a way that will also satisfy your sweet tooth! Don’t be scared of the ingredient, I promise it’s good!

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I got this idea from Jazzy (@jazzythings on Instagram), a strong beautiful woman who is getting ready for a show! She posts the most amazing recipes that are so simple to make as well. One of them that caught my eye in particular is chocolate cauliflower! I was so intrigued I tried it for myself, and it tasted amazing! Of course, I had to experiment with it in my oatmeal as well.

 

Oat Base:

1/2 cup rolled oats

-1 cup water or milk of choice

-packet of stevia, or drops of your favorite flavor stevia, or sugar of choice

-1/4 tsp flavoring of choice (vanilla, maple, coconut, etc.) I used coconut!

 

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I highly recommend this brand. The ingredients are natural and the taste/smell is so fresh.

Chocolate Sauce:

-1/5 head steamed cauliflower

-1 tbs unsweetened dark cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)

-packet of stevia

-optional: half a banana

Directions:

Combine oat base ingredients in a medium/large bowl. Microwave for 1:30, mix. Microwave for :30, mix. If the oats have not puffed up a little by then, microwave for another :10-:15 sec. There should still be a layer of liquid. While the oats cook, blend the steamed cauliflower, cocoa powder, and stevia in a blender until completely smooth. Let the oats cool and soak up some of the liquid. Once cooled, mix in the chocolate sauce with the oats. Mix all together with a spoon, or shake vigorously (it’s a nice workout)! Put a lid on and store in fridge overnight.

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The sauce doesn’t taste like cauliflower at all. It’s a great way to get some veggies in the day, and satisfy your sweet tooth in a natural way. One full head can make about 5 batches of chocolate sauce and it’s even a great dessert for night-time. Heat it up, top it with bananas, coconut flakes, and/or almonds and it tastes like a brownie!

 

French Toast Oats

This recipe is definitely a comfort food recipe. It’s just the right amount of sweetness to satisfy those taste buds.

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When I took a bite, I felt like I was transported to my own little oatmeal haven. I even did the cheesy close-your-eyes-and-say-“mmmmm.”

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Oat Base:

-1/2 c rolled oats

-1 c water or preferred milk, but I highly recommend milk for this recipe

-packet/1 serving of stevia

-1/2 tsp cinnamon

-1/2 tsp vanilla extract

-optional: 1/2 tsp maple extract

 

Maple Cinnamon Cream Base:

-1/2 c yogurt of choice (I use Trader Joe’s plain nonfat Greek yogurt)

-packet/1 serving stevia if using plain yogurt

-1/4 tsp cinnamon

-as much maple syrup/honey/agave/liquid sweetener you desire

–optional but recommended: half a banana (can be sliced, diced, mushed, etc.)

-optional but recommended: chia seeds

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Directions:

Combine oat base ingredients in a medium/large bowl. Microwave for 1:30, mix. Microwave for :30, mix. If the oats have not puffed up a little by then, microwave for another :10-:15 sec. There should still be a layer of liquid. While the oats cook, mix together the maple cinnamon cream base in a (MINIMUM) pint-sized jar. Add your chia seeds on top, if using. Place yogurt mixture in the fridge while the oats cool and soak up some of the liquid. Once cooled, pour the oats into the pint-sized jar with the yogurt. Mix all together with a spoon, or shake vigorously (it’s a nice workout)! Put the lid on and store in fridge overnight.

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Top with the other half of the banana, more maple syrup, slivered almonds, walnuts, pecans, and/or  nut butter!

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