Saturday, February 2, 2013

Snickers Salad Oatmeal

If you do not reign from the Midwest region of the United States, you will be baffled by the name of this oatmeal. You will be even more confused as you look at the ingredients. Of course, the recipe for Snickers Salad has recently popped up around Pinterest, but for the most part, this piece of classic Midwestern cuisine is foreign to everyone in the remaining 45 states.

Let me break this down for you: Snickers Salad consists of chopped apples, chopped Snickers bars, mini marshmallows, and Cool Whip. Yes, you read that correctly. Take a second; read it again. Yep.

That's Snickers Salad.

Now, I'll be honest, I'm not entirely proud of this piece of my culture. It's kind of an embarrassing display of just how absurd Midwestern cuisine can be (don't even get me started on tater tot hot dish casserole). So, to make this into oatmeal, I did my very best to de-garbage it. I did not include marshmallows, as I did not find them integral to the "salad," but you could add them if you want. Let's be honest, marshmallows aren't that different than chocolate chips! However, I had to draw the line somewhere. :) Especially since I cannot afford vegan marshmallows.

Snickers Salad Oatmeal

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 2 min
Cook Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 1 cup milk of choice, or water
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1 small apple
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I used Amande almond yogurt)
  • handful of peanuts, broken up if possible
  • handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Bring milk (I use 1/2 c original almond milk and 1/2 c water) to a boil, add oats, and reduce heat to medium.
  2. Dice apple and add to oatmeal immediately. Stir occasionally.
  3. Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract and salt. Stir.
  4. Turn off heat once most of the liquid has absorbed. Stir in yogurt and add peanuts. If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (marshmallows, for example), do so now.
  5. Transfer to a bowl and top with chocolate chips, or even some extra nuts.
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  1. Whats wrong with tatertot hotdish? :) sounds delsh as always. Julie

    1. Well, first of all, I just loathe anything involving "Cream of Chicken" soup. Yuck! But that aside, the thought of putting tater tots on top of a casserole and calling it a suitable meal is just bizarre!

      Thanks, though! :)

    2. ok. I wont make tatertot hotdish if you ever come for dinner. lol. :) julie

    3. ;) That's probably for the best because I'm a vegetarian anyway, haha!

  2. I love this recipe! I've seen the Snickers Salad recipes and thought the flavour combination sounded interesting but just couldn't get past the ingredients. I can't wait to try out this oatmeal and enjoy the flavours without feeling terrible after!

  3. Huh I've lived in the Midwest my whole life and have never heard of Snickers Salad. Sounds bizarre! I'm all for those ingredients in oatmeal though. :) Looks delicious!

    1. Where in the Midwest? It's extremely popular in eastern SD/western MN.

  4. I just finished licking my bowl clean. This oatmeal is delicious!
    I didn't have any non-dairy yogurt so I used plain instead. I added ½ teaspoon sugar, a tiny bit vanilla essence and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon to the yogurt before stirring it into the oatmeal to make it a little sweeter and it turned out perfect.

    1. Good to know. I didn't think it'd work with regular yogurt because it'd be too tangy. My readers will be grateful that you shared your experiment with us! :) And I'm glad you liked it.


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