Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Portable oatmeal
--Oatmeal Muffins

Oatmeal Muffins
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3 cups Elam’s Scotch Style Oatmeal I used some
old-fashioned and some quick oats

3 Tbs. sugar
3 tsps. baking powder
¾ tsp. salt
1 ½ cups milk
1 egg, beaten
3 Tbs. cooking oil or melted shortening

Combine first 4 ingredients in bowl; mix. Combine milk, egg and oil or melted shortening; beat slightly. Add liquids to dry ingredients; stir until just moistened. Fill greased muffin cups about 7/8 full using an equal amount of batter in each cup. Bake in hot oven (425 degrees F) until done and lightly browned, 20-25 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.

These weren't like traditional muffins. They were more like mini baked oatmeals. I had trouble with them sticking to the muffin tin but if you use liners, you'd lose the best part (the crunchy sides). I think this would be good made in a shallow baking dish. I took the crumbles and poured milk over them. Yummy!

The benefit to this recipe is that they're almost pure oatmeal. If you're eating oatmeal for health reasons, most oatmeal muffins don't really include a whole lot of oatmeal and most include more sugar.

If you don't like oatmeal, you won't like these.

I heard something rather depressing the other day. Kate Gosselin, the mother of two 6-year-olds and six 2-year olds (from the Discovery show Jon & Kate Plus 8) said that she only spends about $150 per week to feed her family of 10, and she buys as much organic as she can. That's almost what I spend on three people!

Blast From The Past: Overnight Oatmeal Muffins from February 2006. That's a more muffin-y oatmeal muffin.

Question of the Day: Have you ever had baked oatmeal?


Anonymous said...

No, I haven't, but it sounds interesting.

I heard Kate say that, also. How in the world does she do it?


Anonymous said...

I thought this might make you feel better...this came from Jon and Kate's home page FAQ's.

"7. How do we spend only $150 per week on groceries for a family of ten? We spend that much ONLY at one store. In other words, due to editing, it seems that we only spend that much period...not entirely true! I shop at discount stores locally (great source of organic foods extremely well priced) as well as at Sam's club every other month or so. We also do not buy our meat at the grocery store. We buy it in bulk at organic wholesale places. Bottom line: We pay as little as possible for organic/nutritious foods for our family because it is important to us! I really can't say what it avererages per month total......maybe between 600-800 per month? Hard to say!"

Anonymous said...

My recipe for baked oatmeal follows. It came from a B&B in Mt. Joy, PA and is fantastic. You can change up the nuts & fruit to suit your taste. I usually make 1 1/2 times as much and use a 9x13 pan. Enjoy.
Baked Oatmeal

2 C quick oats
1 C brown sugar
1 t. salt
1 T baking powder
1 t. cinnamon
1 C chopped nuts
1 C raisins

Mix together in 11 x 7 pan.
In a mixing bowl, combine:

2 C milk
¼ C vegetable oil
4 eggs

Add to dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
Cover with foil and refrigerate over night.
Bake, covered, at 325 for about 1 hour.

Anonymous said...

Whew, thanks Jodi for the clarification. I spend that much a week on two people!

Anonymous said...

Yes, many times! We like the recipe and variations from King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I had never heard of it before I got that cookbook, though. I love it...yum!!!