Wednesday, February 4, 2009

The many uses of Oatmeal

I have three main uses for oatmeal: pancakes, yogurt and hot cereal.

I add it into pancakes to make them hardier and last longer. That, along with whole wheat, really makes them thick and filling.

We also add it to yogurt to give it some crunch and some staying power.

And, of course, we eat it as hot cereal. It really stays long after breakfast. We also do a baked oatmeal breakfast, which not only sticks for a long time, but is undeniably delicious.

I would love to try some in a smoothie to see if that would give it staying power. Anyone do that? What are some ways you use oatmeal in your cooking?

13 comments:

Yara said...

cookies.... wait; is that not what you were looking for? ; )

Making Footprints said...

granola! just made a batch last night. please share your pancake recipe :)

Marcy said...

Yes, I've had a smoothie with oatmeal in it, and it was awesome! I'll have to see if I can find the recipe again, but it was basically banana, yogurt, oatmeal, honey, and some protein powder. Very tasty!

detail dweller said...

Liked your link from "Rocks"...
our family loves this oatmeal recipe:
Granola Bites
2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
Process these 2 ingredients in a food processor to fine crumbs; set aside

1/3 c unsweetened, dried apples, finely chopped
1/3 c unsweetened, dried apricots, finely chopped
1/3 c unsweetened cranberries or blueberries
2 tbsp sunflower seed (raw or toasted/salted)
2 tbsp coconut flakes
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 c peanut butter
1/4 c maple syrup or honey
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c quick cooking oats

In a a large bowl combine dried fruit, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and oats; combine well until mixture begins to stick together.
Using moist hands, form mixture into 1" balls, coat lightly with almond-oat crumbs, and place into an airtight container. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight to allow oats to absorb moisture.
Serve bites with a cold glass of milk or morning coffee. Makes 36.

(Melissa's note: I always double the recipe and must make mine larger than 1" because I get about 50 from a double batch. Guess mine are 2-bite balls :) Hope you enjoy...)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

We also use it to make a meatless chicken fried steak. Seasoning is key. Everyone who has tried it has been really amazed how delicious it is!

Kim said...

I think I need your recipe for pancakes :-)

Jerralea said...

I mostly use oatmeal in cookies. Would you like to share your baked oatmeal recipe? I've heard of making it in the crockpot but haven't tried it yet.

Grateful for Grace said...

I have a great ww cookie recipe that also has oatmeal. And a super chocolate cake (ww also) with oats in it. Also breakfast cake. And homemade granola (my favorite!)... that will be on my blog in the next few days.

Michelle said...

Thanks for all the comments!

I need everyone's recipes.

Marcy, did you use steel cut oats or just regular oats? I thought that would be good in a smoothie.

The granola bites are wonderful! Thanks, I'm going to try that.

I'm going to gather all the recipes and post them later this week or the beginning of next week..be sure to look for them then.

Caitlin said...

Yum! Oatmeal pancakes? Sounds delicious!
I soak raw oatmeal overnight in a mixture of yogurt and raisins. In the morning, I grate an apple on top of it and serve it to my 14 month old - he loves it!
Wandered over here from SITS...

Kelly said...

THat fireplace wasn't ours, we were at a cabin were you could go snowtubing. But my fireplace at home has rocks also :o)

sandwiched said...

I have a great turkey meatloaf recipe that uses oatmeal. Here's the link:

http://sandwiched.wordpress.com/2008/10/03/five-point-friday-turkey-meatloaf/

JourneytoFamily said...

I made a little video just for you, on my blog. (today's post) :)
http://www.journeytofamily.com