Owen starts every morning with a bowl of oatmeal. We started using steel cut oats instead of the instant stuff. They taste better and are better for you. The down side is they take 20-30 minutes to make. Every Monday I make a big patch and then just reheat in the morning (who has 30 min to make breakfast… with a toddler. I’m not crazy). It’s worth the wait, no matter how you do it. These are Owen’s favorites.
Oatmeal a la Owen
Owen loves raisins more than anything else on Earth. No. That’s wrong. Baseball is first. Raisins are a close second. Mom and Dad? Distant third.
steel cut oats
dash of cinnamon
1 splenda packet
Add applesauce to cooked oatmeal (cools it off). Put raisins in small dish. Add water. Microwave until plump (20 sec). Stir in cinnamon and splenda. mmmm….
Owen’s Fancy Smancy Oatmeal
Pumpkin adds fiber. This is my personal favorite.
steel cut oats
3 T canned pure pumpkin
1 T maple syrup
1/4 t cinnamon
Cook/reheat oats. Stir in remaining ingredients. Enjoy.
Earlier this week Owen helped bake some oatmeal cookies. I measured, he poured and stirred (with a little help). They aren’t a healthy snack by any stretch of the imagination, but we had fun and they turned out pretty darn good.
Oatmeal Fruit Cookies
12 cup butter
1/2 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 T molasses or honey
In a large bowl cream together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, craping bowl frequently.
2 t vanilla
2 1/2 c rolled oats (regular ‘ol instant stuff)
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 – 1 1/2 cups diced dried fruits: cherries, blueberries, apricots, raisins, cranberries, currants
1 cup grated coconuts or nuts (chopped)
1 t baking soda
Combine separately. Add dry mixture to the creamed mixture in about 3 additions, stirring just until thoroughly mixed. Add a little extra flour if mixture seems too wet. Drop by rounded teaspoons on greased baking sheets.
For chewy cookies: Bake in preheated oven at 325F until just set, 18-20 minutes. Immediately remove from pans and place directly onto clean countertop or table surface. As soon as cookies are cool put into air-tight containers.
For crisp cookies: Bake in preheated over at 375F until centers spring back, 11-13 min. Watch carefully to avoid burning.