On Dr. Oz’s season 3 premiere episode he revealed a new recipe for Fat-Burner Noodle Pudding! He recommended eating it for breakfast as part of his five-step plan to blast away belly fat. You can read the complete recap here.
After the show, I hustled out to the store and bought the ingredients I needed, then got back to the kitchen and got cooking! Here is a list of the ingredients, courtesy of the Dr. Oz website.
- 8 cups whole-wheat noodles, cooked
- 4 cups plain Greek yogurt, low-fat
- 3 eggs
- 4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 cup chopped mixed dried fruit
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
The noodles can be fettuccine or macaroni. I could only find spaghetti in 100% whole wheat, so I bought that. 6 grams of fiber per serving! The yogurt is high in calcium, which Dr. Oz says help to block fat. Greek yogurt is low in lactose, so even though I’m lactose-intolerant, I have found that I can eat it without repercussions. Eggs, of course, have Vitamin D and Vitamin B, plus protein. Cinnamon is supposed to boost your metabolism. The fruit and vanilla add flavor and a bit of sweetness.
First thing to do then is to cook the noodles according to the package directions, which I did. I might have overcooked them a little actually, as I got a phone call. I put the whole 12-oz box in, not knowing how many cups of cooked noodles they would make.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and spray a 2-quart casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.
Next, mix up the yogurt with the eggs, cinnamon and vanilla in a large bowl. I had to use a wire whisk to get them combined well. Then stir in 3/4 cup of the dried fruit and the cooked noodles.
I forgot to measure out 8 cups of noodles, so the whole package went it. I cut them up a bit with a knife first too, so it would be easier to mix. I also forgot to reserve 1/4 cup of the fruit for a topping…I threw it all in. I guess I’m not that great at following recipes! But it came out good anyway.
Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. After pulling it out of the oven, I let it cool on a rack before sprinkling more cinnamon on top. Then I used a knife to cut 8 portions into the pudding, covered the dish and put it in the refrigerator.
For today’s breakfast, I scooped out one of the portions and had my first taste of Dr. Oz’s fat-burner pudding. Hmmm. You can definitely taste the tang from the yogurt, and there is a lot of cinnamon in this food. If you’re not used to sweets, then I think it would be sweet enough. For me…it needs a little honey or agave syrup, or maybe just more fruit. I cup was not really a lot. I think that could be easily doubled and since it’s for breakfast…why not?
Dr. Oz also mentioned that goldenberries are a belly-fat buster superfood, and they are easier to find dried than fresh. I was thinking that the next time I make this, I’m going to include the cup of dried mixed fruit, and a cup of dried goldenberries to add more belly-fat busting power AND sweetness, but according to the product reviews on Amazon, Goldenberries are TART, not sweet…so that might not be very good.
The good thing about this “pudding” is that it filled me up with a relatively small amount of food and kept me full for several hours. I am always hungry all morning long. It seems like no matter how big a bowl of cereal I eat (even the good kind of cereal), I’m hungry an hour later; then again before lunch. After lunch I’m usually ok until dinner but mornings are tough for me to try and regulate my eating. After this small portion of Dr. Oz’s pudding, I was not hungry until right before lunch. Interesting!