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The Big Quaker Give

Have you heard todays elementary kids are the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.  These kids will have more disease, and poorer quality of life due to their unhealthy lifestyles.  There is so much joy in being healthy!  Your kids will be happier now, and in the long run if you teach them healthy habits.  Some kids are never taught what healthy food is vs. junk food.

But Oats are healthy! Plus oats are so easy to love. Don’t give up if they don’t immediately take to them.  Keep trying. There are so many things you can do with oats.  I’ve posted on:

 

Now the giveaway:  Quaker (who is sending me to Chicago in 2 1/2 weeks, doin the cabbage patch and singing woot, woot!) has graciously offered a “Quaker starter kit” to one lucky reader.  It consists of 2 canisters of oats, 2 boxes Oatmeal Squares, 2 boxes instant oats, and two boxes of Oatmeal to go.  My family got a box last week. The kids love the cereal!  Its as high in fiber as the regular oats.   To enter, leave a comment for me of what you like on top of your oatmeal with, or what you do with oats. Deadline is Friday night. I’ll choose a winner first thing Sat. morning. Oh, and comments are moderated, so don’t fear if your comment doesn’t show up right away. Thanks



103 Comments

Cherith

Hi–I’m a fairly new reader of your blog, and I’ve really enjoyed it. Thanks for all the great ideas! I’ll share my Mom’s wonderful granola recipe for this oatmeal contest:

Stir together:
4 cups regular oats
1 c. sunflower seeds
1 c. wheat germ or ground flax seed
1/2-1 c. coconut (opt.)
1 c. chopped nuts (I use walnuts)

In another bowl, stir:
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 c. canola or Smart Balance oil
1/4 c. Water
1 TB cinnamon

Pour liquid over the oatmeal mixture and mix thoroughly. Bake on a cookie sheet or large roaster at 325* for 35-45 min., stirring well every 15 min., or until lightly browned and starting to “crip” slightly.

Its a delicious & filling breakfast, great with fruit on top; also wonderful on yogurt or ice cream!

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Ooh! Oatmeal! I love to bake with oatmeal–definitely not the healthiest use for it, but so yummy! I am going to have to try the apples and oatmeal for my kids. I just got some of the silicone muffin cups at Target and that would be a perfect use for them.

When I eat hot oatmeal, I like to top it with milk and brown sugar or cinnamon. Maybe both. 🙂

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Hi, this is my first time posting! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but a giveaway seems like a good reason to come out of hiding:).
One of my favorite ways to make oatmeal is to cook it with vanilla soymilk instead of water (it boils over easily, so you have to watch it), and then stir in peanut butter after the oatmeal has been taken out of the microwave or off the stove. Delicious and so filling!

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Pat

I like my oatmeal with brown sugar and raisins, and I like to bake oatmeal cookies and use oatmeal as part of the topping for apple crisp.

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I like making granola bars, it’s fun to experiment with new recipes! I have a recipe for oatmeal pancakes I have been wanting to try!

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I make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies with whole wheat flour. I figure they provide a “double whammy” of whole grains so that should make up for the sugar and chocolate chips! Oh well, its a nice thought! After years of eating oatmeal packets or instant oats, I just recently fell in love with oatmeal all over again when I started making a bowlful of whole oat oatmeal every morning: 1/2 c. whole oats mixed with 1 c. skim milk, dash of cinnamon, raisins and sugar to taste. Cook in a large bowl for 5 min. in the microwave. It is heavenly!

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I love to use oatmeal in my meatloaf and I’ll also grind oatmeal up to make flour and use it for baking.

Of course, it’s the perfect breakfast too and oatmeal cookies…I could just go on and on!

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Beth A.

Ok, so this will sound weird, but I love it. I put a dollop of peanut butter in my hot oatmeal and drizzle with honey. MMMM. Hubby hates it, but my 3 year old loves it.

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What a great giveaway, our family LOVES oatmeal. My daughter and I are actually getting ready to make some Oatmeal/Apple cookies, along with lots of other Apple recipes…we have a WHOLE bushel of apples 🙂 YUMM-O!!

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Mmmm…oatmeal! I like to top mine with a bit of brown sugar – nothing else. And I love to use oatmeal in my granola bars and cookies. Oh – and I have a GREAT recipe for waffles made from soaked, dried soybeans and oatmeal – no flour!

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Emily

Cherith, thanks for your granola recipe! I can’t wait to try it!!!

As for what I put on my oatmeal: this week, it’s raspberries with vanilla soymilk.

I use oats in muffins, cookies, granola, (all the usual suspects.) I should include the recipe for my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan cookies; maybe I will if I win…

And as I scoop out the oats, my always want some to eat plain. Does that count?

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Emily

And Amy; could you post a video of you “doin the cabbage patch and singing woot woot”? I just can’t quite picture it…

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Jen

LOVE oatmeal. Today it was topped with homemade apple butter and a dollup of peanut butter. Great idea for the mini apple crisp cups!

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Emmilee

I’ve been craving oatmeal every morning (and sometimes at night) since I started my third trimester–and I’m due in three weeks.

My favorite way is to stir in peanut butter and then top it with brown sugar.

SO. DELICIOUS.

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Tia

I’ve said it before and I’m still saying it. The peaches & cream oatmeal made with milk and then topped with a little cup of peaches in light syrup is like eating dessert for breakfast! Love it and will never leave it!

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Linda K

I tried steel oats for the 1st time–yum!! with cinnamon and peaches of course some milk.

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As for oatmeal, my favorite way to eat it is with cinnamon and brown sugar.
As for what I do with oatmeal, I am known to stick it in muffins, add it to homemade bread, make homemade granola bars, and sometimes I will even add it to cookies.
Thanks for a great contest!

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mauri

we love apple crisp…
but a good ‘ole bowl of oatmeal, sweetened with a little honey is always a favorite in the morning…

ps i’ve been reading your blog for a while, thanks to Sarah…any I love it. you’re awesome!

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Jen

When I make my our breakfast. I take a package of instant oatmeal, chop up one small apple, add to the oatmeal and then I add a handful of raisins and a lot of cinnamon. I then add the amount of liquid and cook in the microwave for the time on the package. The apple is still a little crunchy, but soft enough to make it really good.

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Courtenay

I love oats in homemade granola bars, crisps, cookies, and granola. I’m not a huge cooked oatmeal lover…but I feed it to my kids and they love it (with cinnamon and apples). Love your web-site!

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Whitney

I love oatmeal in cookies. Still searching for the perfect oatmeal cookie recipe. Mine always turn out super flat. Also love the premade flavors of oatmeal for breakfast – cinnamon roll, banana bread, apple, but my favorite it just plain maple and brown sugar. I know it’s not the most economical, but I love the individual serving size packets because they are simple enough that my kids can make their own.

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Sally

I love to put oatmeal in my chocolate chip cookies… it makes them so much more interesting. We top our oatmeal with just a little brown sugar most of the time but I want to start topping it with fruit. I also really love your granola bar recipe that uses oats… huge hit in our house.

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Susan

Amy: Congratulations on your upcoming trip to Chicago! You will be such a great representative to help us learn all we can about this wonderful grain. I think oatmeal is probably THE most versatile grain available! We have oatmeal muselix every single morning for breakfast. We make a muselix by mixing a big batch of old fashioned Quaker Oats, raisins, dates, chopped nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, soy nuts, anything we find in the cupboard that we want to throw in. One-half cup each morning and we eat it raw with soy milk! We feel SO healthy eating it. We discovered muselix when we were vacationing in Australia in the year 2000 and the people there are so healthy . . so we tried it! It’s economical and good for you. During the warmer months we eat it raw with soy milk. During the colder months, I cook my muselix in the microwave (1/2 power because it will overflow) with some water or soy milk. Bruce still eats his raw all winter but I like it warmer. We use oatmeal in everything: in homemade granola, apple crisp, cookies, ground up to use as a flour, and isn’t there even a face mask made with oatmeal?

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lisa

I love oatmeal! My favorite way to eat it will probably sound strange to some, I like it with soy sauce mixed in and diced avocados on top!

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Susan

I forgot to add one thing: I discovered that the instant oatmeal packets are the perfect travel food. They pass through airport security without any trouble. Then, I go to one of those coffee stands at the airport and ask for a cup of hot water (maybe 50 cent charge for it), mix the two together, and I have a hot breakfast that sticks with me and I don’t have to pay high airport prices and eat greasy food! It’s perfect!

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Mmmm, I think I’ll try the apples and oats today! Tasty! I also love this incredibly unhealthy treat that involves oats, butterscotch and chocolate chips and butter. I won’t post the recipe because it’s sinful. 🙂

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Lindsay

I love steel cut oats, but I don’t like how long they take to cook. So when I want oatmeal for breakfast, the night before, I take 1/4c. oats, 1c. water, dash of cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed, and 2-4 tbsp. raisins, and bring just to a boil and then remove from heat. I then cover the pot and leave it sitting overnight. By morning, the oats are plump, the water is absorbed, and it just takes a minute or two to heat it up. I pour in some milk and serve it up. Yum!

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Lisa

WOW! I haven’t visited in a long time. Still love your stuff though:)

I like to change my breakfast oatmeal everyday. PB & maple syrup, applesauce & cinnamon, brown sugar & butter. I also use it in the yummiest dutch oven apple crisp, oatmeal waffles, spice cake, and cookies. Sometimes as a filler in meat loaf or meat balls too (not as many savory ideas.)

It’s a great food storage staple for me.

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Monica

I like to make banana oatmeal cookies which are so moist and delicious. When eating oatmeal I like to top it with Wheat Germ for a little crunch.

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Helen

I fully realize this is quite boring but I love brown sugar on top of my oatmeal. (I’ve got you to give me more original ideas!)

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Jessie

MMM… I LOVE oatmeal! I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and be happy! I just use milk and sugar. I also love anything with oatmeal in it so I hope I win!!!

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Jamie

Love to put a scoop or 2 of canned pumpkin in mine w/ some cinnamon. (…have I mentioned I love pumpkin??) I’ll also throw a handful in some yogurt or pudding. It “bulks” it up and makes it a more filling breakfast/snack/dessert/etc.
Oh, and that Oatmeal Squares cereal is AWESOME. It’s my favorite “snack” cereal.
…and as I sit here typing this, my 2 year old just asked me from the other room if he could have oatmeal for dinner. 🙂 We love it at this house.

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We are just starting to eat healthier so this post has some great ideas for me. I love oatmeal and I never would have thought to use it in all the different things. When I eat oatmeal I like it with cinnamon and apples, so I’m going to have to try the apples and oatmeal.

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Congratulations on the trip to Chicago. How exciting!

I love oatmeal. I make fruit crisp, oatmeal cookies and hot oatmeal. Your ideas sound great.

Thanks for the facts about children’s health. I hadn’t realized. 🙁

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I actually like to make oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. They are my specialty.

I want to try your granola bar recipe though. The kid’s love granola bars but I’ve never tried to make it myself. I would put dried cranberry’s in it, I love cranberry’s!

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Mary

Another contest – I haven’t won yet. I like mine with fruit, and, of course, oatmeal cookies.

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Mary Kathryn

I am a new reader- and am sitting down tonight to tackle your blog and document all my new finds.

My girls LOVE oatmeal. We put frozen blueberries on top of our oatmeal which we all know is a great fruit and also the coldness helps the oatmeal cool down cooker so they can eat it sooner.

I also use Oat Flour to make one of our favorite treats/snack peanut butter balls with oat flour, natural peanut butter, salt, and water. THEY ARE DELICIOUS!!

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RhondaP

I adore homemade granola bars. Also, apple crisp this time of year. What a perfect dessert!

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i usually just add a little sugar free syrup to mine.

my favorite thing to do with oats is make no bake peanut butter cookies!!! yummmmmmmmm

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KarenA

We use a TON of oats in our house. The kids like hot oatmeal cereal in the mornings, or on Sunday nights for supper—-my night off from the kitchen! 🙂 They love to top it with frozen blueberries. Great flavor, and cools it off nicely. The Quaker Oat Squares are great for a snack, just eaten dry. A few of my boys like to take a snack bag of them to school, to eat on the busride home.

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Miranda

I really love making apple crisp with oats. It’s delicious and has it’s health benefits as well!

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Liz K

I like brown sugar on my oatmeal. I also like to use oats in cookies, apple muffins, and “scotchies” (butterscotch oatmeal bars).

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Liz K

Hey, do you need an “assistant” on your Chicago trip? I’d be happy to volunteer! 🙂

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Kristin

I top my oatmeal with fresh fruit. I use whatever we have in the house, but love apples. Other times I will put banana, mango or peaches! So fresh and yummy.

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About a month ago, I started making oatmeal for Little Guy….my 10 month old. He loves it–gobbles it up every morning!

Here’s what I use:

1/2 c. old fashioned oats

1/2 c. water

1/2 apple cider (apple juice works well also, but cider has more health benefits and gives the oatmeal a bit more flavor)

1/2 c. diced pear

dash of cinnamon

I make a full serving and use half the next morning.

I also make this for Big Daddy, but tweak it a bit. He says it’s “the best oatmeal in the whole world”.

To his I add:

1 apple, diced

1/2 c. raisins (which Little Guy can’t have yet)

a few swirls of honey (also not for Little Guy)

Sometimes he sneaks in a scoop of vanilla protein powder (yuck!)

A warm, hearty, HEALTHY breakfast for cold mornings!

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I would definitely try my hand once again at the granola bar recipe you posted a while ago! I was out of oats for the longest time, so I finally bought some last week and tried out the recipe (that I’d cut out and pasted on my desktop so I wouldn’t forget about it) and it didn’t quite work out. Most of the pan didn’t stick together. The ones that did were pretty good, but I definitely need to give it another shot! And with the holiday season coming up, you can be sure I’ll be using some of those oats in cookies!

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I love topping my oatmeal with a mixture of apples, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sometimes I toss some nuts in just for texture. My husband is big on the frozen fruit, but I don’t like that as much. I use oats a lot in baking simply because they ass GREAT texture to so many things. I’ve been trying to tweak a couple oatmeal cookie recipes for holiday making. My family has been loving the experimentation!

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wv_mom

someone already said it but…
a couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin (which adds good Vitamin A and has been on sale), some ginger and cinnamon, and a pack of splenda

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Debbi T.

I love my oatmeal with sliced bananas, some chopped walnut, and 1/3 cup strawberry yogurt. It is so good! I also love your granola bars they are so easy and good!

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eliece

I use brown sugar — I like the fresh fruit idea though — have to try that sometime. Oatmeal is the only thing I can eat right now due to this painful ear infection I cannot chew! (so I need to win, pick me)

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I LOVE oatmeal. I top mine with brown sugar, cinnamon and milk. I love no bake cookies (made w/ oatmeal) and a whole wheat, pnut butter, choc. chip oatmeal cookie recipe I have, too. I love making crisps in the fall w/ oatmeal. It’s just an all around good food.

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Ahhh – I am so excited for you! I can not wait to hear about your Chicago trip.

I love apples, berries, peaches, pecans, cranberries, nutmeg, cinnamon, almonds, milk, brown sugar. An now I cannot wait to try peanut butter. Great idea y’all!

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We prefer the KISS approach to oatmeal – cook it in the micro with some milk then mix in some homemade applesauce, nuts (almonds, walnuts, or pecans), and some ground flax. Very tasty, extremely filling, and oh-so-healthy!

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Kristi

Hi, I just started reading your blog a few days ago. I love it! I found it on a google search I did…and I am SO glad I did!

In regards to oatmeal, I love the stuff. I eat a lot of it. I like a nice warm bowl of oatmeal with frozen blueberries, cinnamon, apple pie spice, and milk. I also have be know to have it with a cut up banana or dried apricots. yum! I also make baked oatmeal, muffins, bars, etc with oatmeal. Your granola bar recipe is tempting me, too!

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Kristi

forgot to add that oatmeal in banana bread, zucchini bread, and pumpkin bread is delicious!

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Heather

I Love my oatmeal with Strawberries and Soy milk. So Yummy!!! And I LOVE baking with Oats. This would be a very fun win. 🙂

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Amy

Oatmeal is great – so warm and filling in the mornings – we love brown sugar – maybe that takes away from the healthiness! Thanks!

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gwen

My favorite topping has got to be a bit of soy milk with a tablespoon of trail mix. Chocolate chips and peanut butter are a definite bonus!

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I hadn’t heard that sad news about life expectancy, it should be the opposite! I love oatmeal and top it with a little sugar, milk, cinnamon, and raisins or berries-it’s delicious!

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Hannah

Applesauce oatmeal cookies using whole wheat flour…yum yum! They are healthiest with raisins, but most of the time I end up putting chocolate chips in instead…hey, I’m trying!

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crystal

I love to top my oatmeal with cranberries, a little butter, flax seeds, brown sugar & milk… Oh, and walnuts! 🙂
THanks! 🙂

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I love to mash bananas, sprinkle generously with outs, and a little sugar for a snack. When my kids were babies, I’d make this for them all the time (minus the sugar!)

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Vennesa Murray

Thanks for all the ideas. I’m trying to find ways to make our family’s meals more healthy and I just found your blog. I sneak oatmeal in a lot of dishes. Especially casseroles or anything that calls for hamburger.

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Kathy in NC

We love lours like an oatmeal cookie with cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and fruit. Our favorite fruit is dried apples cooked in with the oatmeal.

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We like oatmeal with apples, peaches, raisins, brown sugar, butter, practically anything! We are huge fans of oatmeal cookies too!

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sarah

i love making an oatmeal bake. oatmeal, eggs, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, baking powder and whatever additions you like. the favorite in our house is blueberries, but apricots are also good! make it the night before and toss it in the oven when you wake up, it’s delicious and still good for you!
Here is the recipe,
Baked Oatmeal
1/2 cup applesauce or oil (applesauce gives a much better texture, cake-like rather than crumbly, and is obviously much healthier)
3/4 cup any sweetener (I think this is way too much, I usually use 1/4 cup honey and 1/4 or less depending on fruit using brown sugar)
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 TBS baking powder
3 cups regular oats (not quick oats)
1-2 TBS brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 any fruit (optional, but I usually use more like 1 cup)

Beat applesauce and sweetener. Mix in egg, milk, salt, baking powder, and oatmeal and beat well. Stir in fruit and pour in lightly greased pie pan. (I find a pie pan is too small so I use a larger Pyrex bowl.) Sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Refrigerate overnight. Bake at 350 F for about 35 minutes or until firm. (I have found I need more heat or more time and sometimes both!)

This keep in the refrigerator for days and is great even cold! We frequently eat the leftovers for snacks. Oh, and it is basically a soft solid when it goes in the oven and overnight soak is important for the texture of the oats. I hope you enjoy this, I’ve seen lots of variations on the internet and this is our favorite way of making it.

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Oh, how I love Quaker oatmeal…Let me count the ways. I like it straight out of the big canister. No little packet for me. I can eat it cooked with ice cream on top (a crisp with out the apple!) I love it with brown sugar and heavy cream I suppose that is why I look so healthy? I have even convinced all my kids from an early age that it is “cowboy cereal” (the guy with the hat on the package) and it is one of their favorite breakfasts!

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sarah

i subscribed to your blog. my grandma eats oatmeal with some milk for breakfast and dinner everyday!!

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