Feb 12, 2011

Oatmeal is not just for breakfast.

I recently inherited a large bag of rolled oats from my wonderful in-laws.  It came just as I was wanting some to make baby oatmeal.  However, it would take Lily years to eat it at her rate, so I researched some ideas for using it up.  Here are my top 5.

1. Baby Oatmeal
(from Homemade Baby Food Recipes)
1/4 c oats
1c water
Grind the oats to a powder.  Add oats and cinnamon to boiling water, then simmer 10 min. This can be frozen in individual servings!

Frozen portions of Baby Oatmeal

2. Breakfast Oatmeal
If you're making some for your little one, you might as well enjoy some too.
1/2 c oats
1c water
raisins or other dried fruit
Add oats to boiling water. Add fruit and cinnamon.  Simmer 10 min.

3. (Baby) Oatmeal Bars
(from Homemade Baby Food Recipes)
These would be great with any fruit puree.  They're actually yummy for all ages.  My baby loved them! I'm experimenting with freezing these so that I can just thaw one out for her each day for a snack.
1 banana
ground oats
Mash a banana and add ground oats to it until it becomes a sticky dough.  Spread on a baking sheet. (The bottom of mine stuck to the pan, so I might use waxed paper next time.) Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cut into rectangles.

Oatmeal Bars

4. Granola
2 c oats
1/2 c almonds (or other seeds or nuts you like)
1/3 c honey
2 tbsp canola oil
dried fruit of choice
Mix the oats, seeds, and or nuts together. Combine honey and oil, and pour over oat mixture.  Stir to coat.  Spread on a sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake at 300 degrees for 25 minutes, stirring once.  Mix in fruit.

Last, but certainly not least...
5. No-Bake Cookies
2 c sugar
1/2 c cocoa
1 stick butter
1/2 c milk 
1/2 c peanut butter
3 1/2 c oats
1 tsp. vanilla
pinch of salt
Bring sugar, cocoa, butter, and milk to a boil.  Remove from heat and add peanut butter, vanilla, and salt. Add the oats and mix well.  Drop on waxed paper to cool.

If you have any other ideas or recipes, please leave a comment and I'll pick one to feature on another post.

1 comment:

  1. Love your blog Krista. Are you on facebook? You can link it from there as well and have many more followers.


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