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I brought out my precious England Instant Coffee (it’s so much better than our Instant!) for some delicious Double Shot Oatmeal!


I mixed 1 tablespoon of Instant Coffee into my regular banana oatmeal.  If you love coffee-flavored things, you’ll LOVE Double Shot Oatmeal!


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1 tablespoon Instant Coffee
  • Toppings: brown sugar and flax


Win a Garmin! From a Reader Named Jess


Hello Healthy Tipping Point readers! My name is Jess, I’m 25, live in Boston, MA and work in disaster relief. Caitlin was nice enough to let me use her blog as a platform for a raffle to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Team in Training.


I will be running the New Orleans half marathon on February 28th, in loving memory of my cousin Dusty, who passed away on January 27th, 2009 at the age of 17. Dusty was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) which was a direct result of the chemo drugs he was given when he was treated for lymphoma when he was 11. While I would certainly not describe myself as a runner, joining TNT was something that I thought I could do and feel like I was doing something for Dusty. For those of you who have lost someone to cancer, you know the feeling of helplessness that comes with the grief of not being able to help the person you love. So, I began training for my race and while I don’t always want to train I know that it is worth it to get that much closer to a cure. 


I will be raffling off a Garmin forerunner 305. From "the 305 can display a dizzying array of data, such as calories burned, distance, elevation, grade, and heading, as well as multiple lap and pace modes. The 305 adds the ability to track heartrate, lap heartrate, average heartrate, and heartrate zones via the included coded heartrate chest strap. With the purchase of a separate wireless cadence and speed meter, you can also track bike performance data."  The Garmin 305 is the one Caitlin uses for her blog!


For every $5 donation made to my TNT page your name will be entered into the raffle, i.e. a 5$ donation enters your name one time, a 10$ donation, two times etc. The raffle will run from today until TODAY and a winner will be announced on WEDNESDAY. The winner will be chosen at random via the pulling a name out of a hat method.  Make a donation on this page to be entered.


This is a great cause and a great opportunity to get a Garmin 305! Thank you for your support of this great organization and for helping me reach my fund raising goal!


Thank You, Jess Restucci



  • skinnyrunner January 18, 2010, 10:32 am

    i love the idea of coffee in oatmeal!

  • RhodeyGirl January 18, 2010, 10:32 am

    Jess- What a nice way to honor your cousin.

    Caitlin- My dad hates the Nescafe instant here. I used to order it in glass jars from London for any gift he might need, but they won’t ship to us in the U.S. anymore! I know he misses it so much. It just doesn’t taste right here!

    • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet January 18, 2010, 10:45 am

      We have a friend in Italy, where the espresso is incredible, who only drinks Nescafe instant coffee and we always thought he was crazy! Apparently it is so much better in Europe! Who knew?

  • Dori January 18, 2010, 10:33 am

    Awesome contest and cause. Thanks for sharing.

  • Casey @Spicy&Sweet January 18, 2010, 10:40 am

    What a great way to raise money for a great cause!

    And I am definitely going to try the coffee oatmeal—sounds great! 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 18, 2010, 10:45 am

    That is an awesome way to honor your cousin and such a great great cause! I have a Garmin and they are wonderful!!! Good luck in the marathon!

  • HeatherBakes January 18, 2010, 10:47 am

    Oooh, I have some instant espresso that I bought for a recipe… wonder if that would be good in oats??

    Love the giveaway! Will definitely check it out.

    • caitlin January 18, 2010, 10:48 am

      I bet espresso would be wonderful!

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 18, 2010, 10:56 am

    what a great giveaway! i love how giving this community is 🙂 i’m going to enter the giveaway and (if i win) give the watch to my sister (poor college student) 🙂

  • Elizabeth January 18, 2010, 10:59 am

    Wishing Jess much success in her training and fundraising. What an awesome way to honor the life of her cousin!

  • Erica January 18, 2010, 10:59 am

    Oh you KNOW after yesterday that I’m SO EXCITED about this giveaway! So a chance to win a Garmin AND give to a fantastic cause…how awesome 😀

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 18, 2010, 10:59 am

    What a fantastic raffle!

    I keep meaning to make this coffee oatmeal and haven’t yet, but you’re absolutely right about European instant. 😀

  • Sonja @ ActiveFoodie January 18, 2010, 11:03 am

    Jess – I am so sorry for loss, but I am glad that you have found a great way to honor Dusty’s memory and raise money for a great cause. Good luck in your training and fundraising!

  • Darci January 18, 2010, 11:05 am

    what a great way to raise money and motivate ppl to donate!!!

    ps the oatmeal looks delish!! 🙂

  • Ambre January 18, 2010, 11:12 am

    I put coffee in my instant oatmeal this morning with half a banana… Turned out pretty good. But I need to try it with instant coffee/espresso with regular oats, because the oatmeal I used was maple & brown sugar flavored, so it wasn’t extremely coffee-y flavored. It was still good 🙂 I got the idea from another post you did on here previously.

    Also, I donated on that website for TNT 🙂

  • Jenna January 18, 2010, 11:13 am

    Yummy oats!!

  • Marina January 18, 2010, 11:14 am

    I drink Nescafe every day, I’ll try it in my oats 🙂 I think instant capuccino powder would be great in them too.

  • Jenny January 18, 2010, 11:16 am

    Adding instant coffee to oatmeal sounds like such a great idea!

  • Megan January 18, 2010, 11:16 am

    What a great idea to give away a Garmin! Defff got me to donate 😀

  • ashleigh January 18, 2010, 11:17 am

    Yum I would love coffee in my oatmeal. I should def try it some day. Who doesn’t need extra caffeine?!

    Thanks for introducing us to Jess’ raffle.

  • Jamie (A Healthy JD) January 18, 2010, 11:23 am

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a Garmin, I love that I was able to donate to a charity that means something to me (my grandfather is currently battling lymphoma and lung cancer) while also entering an awesome giveaway!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama January 18, 2010, 11:28 am

    Coffee in oatmeal? GENIUS!

  • Haleigh January 18, 2010, 11:28 am

    We have the nescafe instant coffee in Sweden too. It is actually really good and I am a coffee snob 🙂

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) January 18, 2010, 11:38 am

    What a great giveaway for a wonderful cause – I love the idea of donating for TNT and having the chance to win a Garmin! I’m all out of oatmeal and don’t have any instant coffee or I would definitely make that breakfast this morning. Yum!

  • Ashley January 18, 2010, 11:42 am

    Everything is better in Europe it seems…especially coffee!!!

  • Susan January 18, 2010, 12:00 pm

    Donated!! 😀

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 18, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I need to get on the coffee-oats wagon. I love coffee. I love oats. Why wouldn’t I love coffee-oats? 🙂

  • Ben January 18, 2010, 12:28 pm

    Alright Caitlin,

    In my quest to lose weight, I finally put peanut butter in my oatmeal. Well to say that heaven meets a spoon, it certainly happened today haha.

    It is a good way to add protein and healthy!

    I love your blog and I hope to run at least a half marathon when I lose enough weight. Keep up the good work.

  • Katharine January 18, 2010, 12:31 pm

    What a wonderful cause!

    Adding coffee to my oats sounds perfect for the mornings when I’m struggling! (In other words, every Monday… Tuesday… Wednesday… you get the drift.) 🙂

  • Freya @ January 18, 2010, 2:50 pm

    I do coffee oatmeal loads, it’s so tasty 😀
    Good luck to Jess in her marathon 🙂

  • Amber K January 18, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I’ve been reading up about flax lately. Does it make a nice addition to your oatmeal? I’ve never had it, so I’m curious as to the taste. I just keep reading “nutty.” But what kind of nut? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Oh, confusion. =P

    • caitlin January 18, 2010, 5:05 pm

      nutty is a good description 🙂 Not sure what kind of nut. It’s delicious though!

  • Michelle@eatingjourney January 18, 2010, 7:53 pm

    good on you for doing this Caitlin.

  • Jolene ( January 18, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I love putting coffee in my oats … it is good with a sprinkle of chocolate chips on top (I call them mocha oats 🙂

  • Bryan January 18, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Making healthy eating recipe is not something difficult, you only dare to try to start, and after you make changes to your recipe healthy food, then this will stimulate you to make healthy eating recipe that is more imaginative, more delicious, and healthier, and you will enjoy the results which your body will feel more healthy, strong and fresh.

  • Naomi January 18, 2010, 10:13 pm

    Hey Caitlin, I’m glad we have one grocery item that’s better than the US equivalent. I always drool over the cool stuff you have there.
    Sometimes I get products sent over and I send our stuff (from Australia) to the US and Canada (just to friends). If you ever get stuck I’ll send you some Nescafe :o)

  • Mandy @ University Cooking January 19, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing the opportunity to donate with us Caitlin. This is an awesome cause 🙂

  • Nicci@NiftyEats January 19, 2010, 3:14 pm

    I have donated to this great cause! Very excited to win.

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