Today let's bake some bread! In my ideal world, I would make all of our bread from scratch. Of course, in this ideal world I would also always make homemade granola bars, Greek yogurt, graham crackers, granola, hummus, pita, and, well you get the idea. In the real world there is such a thing as limited time, so I have to make choices about what I will make in each particular week. For the past few weeks, I have been baking this oatmeal-honey sandwich bread, and it's my new addiction. It makes great sandwiches and amazing toast. I also can't resist a fresh slice spread with a little butter, right after it cools from the oven. So. so. good.
In my testing of this recipe, I've found that I ... [Continue Reading]
If you've been reading my blog for a while, you may know that at our house Thursday night is usually breakfast for dinner night. I love breakfast for dinner because, for one, breakfast foods are some of my favorites- pancakes, waffles, eggs, cereal...these are all things I crave. Second, by Thursday night I really need a dinner that is fast and easy to prepare. I make a batch of pancakes or waffles most weekends, pop the leftovers in the freezer, and then when Thursday evening comes around I just defrost them either on the counter or in the microwave and then warm them in the toaster.
I have a number of different pancake recipes that I rotate through, and I like this one because it's one ... [Continue Reading]
Muffins, along with cookies, are one of my favorite things to bake. They're easy to make and are perfectly portioned little morning snacks. My sister was searching for a healthy oatmeal muffin recipe, but having trouble finding what she wanted. I was excited for the challenge of creating an oatmeal muffin that was not only healthy but also crave-worthy.
I'm very happy with the way these muffins turned out, and my sister loved them too. You might think an oatmeal muffin would be dense or heavy, but these are neither. The muffins have a light texture and are filled with plenty of oats. I used applesauce to help keep the muffins moist, and this also allowed me to get away with only using ¼ ... [Continue Reading]
I've been on a bit of an oatmeal kick lately. We have oatmeal for breakfast most mornings, and I've made homemade granola, oatmeal muffins (recipe to come soon!), and oatmeal cookies. Then, I decided to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, but with some cocoa powder added in to make them Cocoa Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.
These cookies are the best of many worlds. The cocoa powder lends a subtle cocoa flavor to the cookies, which are deliciously soft and chewy. The oats contribute to the chewy texture, and the chocolate chips give an added dose of chocolate flavor. If you're lucky enough to have a free couple of minutes in your afternoon, pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy one of ... [Continue Reading]
This recipe is one of those that immediately drew me in and I couldn't get it out of my mind until I was in my kitchen baking. Bread and oatmeal on their own each invoke warm, comforting feelings, so it's no surprise that together they are irresistible. And when that oatmeal bread is a quick bread that you can easily mix up by hand in just two bowls, you can't help but get yourself into the kitchen to start baking.
This honey oatmeal quick bread is great for snacking, or serving with dinner. I like that it's made with plenty of oats and whole wheat flour, as I'm always trying to incorporate as many whole grains as possible into our meals and snacks. Spread a slice of this bread, warm from ... [Continue Reading]
Do you do breakfast for dinner? We love to make pancakes on the weekend, and then freeze the leftovers for an easy dinner during the week. Scramble some eggs, add some fresh fruit, and you've got an easy, delicious meal.
These Banana, Raisin, and Oatmeal Pancakes were a nice change from the buttermilk or blueberry pancakes that we usually make. The oatmeal makes them a little heartier, and they had a nice banana flavor without it being overwhelming. I wasn't sure I would be a fan of raisins in my pancakes, but I used half of the one cup called for in the original recipe, and thought the pancakes were perfect that way.
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Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts. It's nutritious, filling, and warms you up on a cold morning. Most often, I make 5-minute old-fashioned oats. Sometimes, though, I make steel cut oats instead. Steel cut oats are less processed than old-fashioned oats, and have a heartier, nuttier, almost chewy taste to them. I think they're a great change to enjoy once in a while, but they do take a little longer to cook so I save them for weekend breakfasts. (Or, for quicker-cooking steel cut oats I make this overnight recipe.)
I like to mix in some cinnamon and top my oatmeal with almonds or pecans and milk. (Brad likes to tease me about the amount of milk I pour on top- sometimes you can't even ... [Continue Reading]
*Post updated 8/20/11 to include new photos and printable recipe.
This recipe combines three favorite types of cookies into one. If you like peanut butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, and chocolate chip cookies, then you will love Peanut Butter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies! I've made peanut butter chocolate chip cookies before, but really like the addition of oats in this recipe. It gives the cookies a bit more texture and helps them to maintain their thickness while baking.
I love how these cookies baked up puffy and thick (I hate it when my cookies turn out flat!). There are a few tips that I always follow when baking cookies, in an attempt to prevent flatness. I added an extra ... [Continue Reading]