Leprechaun Oats!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Oatmeal is already considered an Irish breakfast food by most. That is probably why it was a bit difficult to think of what St. Patrick's Oats I should make. Irish Potatoes are always a dessert/snack food I like making in March. I learned only a few years ago that the Irish Potato is actually Philadelphia (regional) thing. So, today's bowl St. Patrick's Day oats is a Philadelphian's twist on the Irish day!

Irish Potatoes are a Philadelphia confection that do not actually contain any potato but rather a candy made of coconut, confectioners sugar, and cinnamon. the coconut and sugar are mixed with milk and a bit of butter then formed into little balls and rolled through cinnamon until fully coated. Most people also put cream cheese in to help everything stick together, but there's actually no need for the cream cheese!

I made Irish Potato Oats. And I guess I was feeling the holiday spirit green because the Irish potato suddenly turned green.

 Irish Potato Oats

Irish Potato Oats

Anyways, this oatmeal dish is super easy to make!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Quaker Oats
  • 1.5 Tbsp Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/8 - 1/4 cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • green food coloring (optional)
  • Cinnamon (to taste)

Method:

Start by putting the oats, sugar, coconut, milk, and vanilla extract in a pot and bring it to a boil. If you are adding the food coloring do so now: Add a couple drops of green food coloring (give it a quick stir) then put the lid on and let it come to a boil. Once boiling remove lid, turn down heat to med. low. Stir oats occasionally and let simmer for 2-4 minutes (depending on how creamy you you'd like it to be.

Once oats reach you desired consistency, pour into a bowl and dust the top with cinnamon. Enjoy your Irish Potato oats!

Cheers.