Banana Oats

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: December 12, 2012
Yield: 2 servings
Time needed: 15 minutes

This recipe is subtitled “A Perfect Baby Cereal” and that is a pretty good description. The contributor tells us it was her baby’s first cereal and is still his favorite four years later. She just doesn’t grind the oats as finely.

Cooking the oats in milk instead of water means no milk has to be added at the table. So the cereal is “thick enough to stay on an upside-down spoon” as baby learns to feed herself. The banana also supplies all the sweetening needed. So no starting baby on a sugar addiction.

And grown-ups can enjoy the cereal as well. It tastes good. For adults and older children, just don’t grind the oats as finely—or even at all.

Banana Oats

Banana oats
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup milk
½ ripe banana
½ cup milk

Grind rolled oats in a blender or processor until very fine.
Gradually stir the 1 cup cold milk into the oats, then pour into a saucepan.
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low simmer.
Simmer for four minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and let stand, covered another five minutes.
Meanwhile, blend the banana with the other ½ cup of milk until frothy.
Stir into the cooked oats and serve.

Company Muffins

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: April 24, 2017
Yield: 18 muffins
Time needed: 30 minutes

Jammed full of oats, apples, carrots, walnuts and raisins, these muffins certainly live up to their name.

Company Muffins

Company Muffins
1/2 cup/125 ml flour
1/2 cup/125 ml whole wheat flour
1 cup/375ml oat bran or rolled oats
3/4 cup/175 ml brown sugar
1 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

2 large tart apples, peeled, cored and shredded
1 1/2 cups/375 ml shredded carrots
1 cup/250 ml chopped walnuts or flax seed meal
1/2 cup/125 ml raisins

2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup/125 ml milk
1/4 cup/60 ml oil

Set oven to 375oF./190oC.
Grease muffin tins.

In a large bowl,combine first set of ingredients, mixing well.
Add the shredded apple and carrots, walnuts and raisins to the flour mixture, stirring to coat.

In a small bowl, combine the final three ingredients.
Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in liquid.
Stir just until moistened.

Fill muffins tins about 3/4 full.
Bake 18-20 minutes.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: Feb. 8. 2015
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
Time needed: 20-25 minutes

It takes almost more time to assemble the ingredients for this classic recipe than it does to mix and bake the cookies. After all, it does really seem to contain “everything but the kitchen sink”. This version is a real, yet healthy indulgence.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Kitchen Sink Cookies

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Oat Waffles

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: April 14, 2015
Yield: 8 servings
Time needed: 30 minutes

Well, long time no see. I haven’t stopped trying new recipes, though I have slowed the pace somewhat.  But I took on a project last January that left me no time for anything else.  And this week, I finished it. So although I won’t be likely to put up something every day, I am back and intend to stay around awhile.

I don’t have a waffle iron, so I can’t make typical looking waffles. That is why the waffles below look like pancakes.  But they do have that crispy waffle texture and for those of you who do have a proper waffle iron to cook them in, I highly recommend them.

Oat Waffles

Oat Waffles

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Homemade Macaroons

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: March 3, 2014
Yield: 12-24 cookies
Time needed: 20 minutes

For a dessert challenged baker like myself, no-bake cookies are a no-brainer. And macaroons are one of my favorites.  These are very good, but heavy on the cocoa and oatmeal.  I would like to find a recipe that lets the coconut shine through.

The recipe calls for setting the cookies on wax paper, a commodity I seldom have in the house.  I was about to add that to the shopping list when it occurred to me I could probably use the banana leaves that have been sitting in my freezer. Sure enough, once thawed out and softened with coconut oil they worked just fine.

The recipe says 12 to 24 cookies depending on whether you use a tablespoon or teaspoon to spoon them out, but I got nearly 4 dozen using a tablespoon.

Homemade macaroons

Homemade macaroons

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Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Made: November 4, 2013
Yield: 6 servings
Time to make: 2 days!!

Prior preparation needed
Lots of prior preparation needed for this dish, especially if you are using unrefined rolled oats.  The recipe suggests soaking the oats overnight.  Then it also suggests letting the completed recipe chill up to 24 hours “for even better results”.

So I quickly switched my day around and ended up having these pancakes for supper instead of breakfast. But nothing beats a buttermilk pancake.  These are beautifully light and very delicious.

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

Oatmeal Buttermilk Pancakes

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Mostly Oats Granola

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: December 29, 2012
Yield: 11 cups (2.7 L)
Time needed: 30 minutes

Now this is my kind of granola.  I love the emphasis on the rolled oats and the suggestion of adding dried cranberries.  Actually, I tried dried saskatoons.  They are very good, too.

 

Mostly Oats Granola

Mostly Oats Granola

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