The Fourth Annual Spar for the Spurtle garnered over 370 qualified entrants, over 4 times as many as previous years, making this our best year yet, and a difficult competition to judge. The winning recipe will be used to compete in Scotland in early October at the Golden Spurtle World Porridge Championship. Our judges wanted a dish that was porridge-like. They also wanted it to be simple to prepare and nutritious. The judges tasted the top three dishes and chose Morning Glory Oats from Helen Williams as our winner. This dish is like carrot cake in a bowl. Steel cut oats are cooked with almond and coconut milk, then mixed with shredded carrots, golden raisins, walnuts, coconut and pineapple. It’s a very satisfying bowl of oats that is both delicious and nutritious. Dennis Gilliam, our Executive VP of Sales and Marketing, will compete with this dish in Scotland on October 4th with a few minor tweaks to make it really shine (such as a dollop of cream cheese frosting).
Morning Glory Oatmeal
By Helen Williams
- 1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Steel Cut Oats*
- 1 cup Almond Milk
- 1/2 cup Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup grated Carrots
- 1/4 cup Golden Raisins
- 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill® Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground Ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground Nutmeg
- 1/2 Tbsp Orange Zest
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/4 cup chopped raw Walnuts and Pecans, mixed
- 1-2 tsp Brown Sugar, to taste
- 1/2 Banana, sliced (optional)
Start by cooking your oats according to the instructions using the almond and coconut milks in place of water. In the meantime, grate your carrots. Once your oatmeal has thickened, add your raw carrot shreds, raisins and spices. Allow to finish cooking to desired texture (steel cut oats should be slightly al dente). Stir in your coconut, vanilla extract, brown sugar and orange zest. Top with chopped walnuts and dig in with a spoon; brace yourself for a breakfast that will be seriously hard to beat. It’s basically deconstructed carrot cake in a bowl that you don’t have to feel bad about eating before work. Enjoy!
*Use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Steel Cut Oats to make this dish gluten free.