Friday, April 16, 2010

Oatmeal and Oatmeal Pancakes

Photo from Jean Paul- she tried and approved. Thanks for the great picture.

I adore oatmeal. I go through astonishing amounts. I mentioned to my husband that I need to get more and he asked, didn't I still have a bag. That was so last week. Lucy and I eat a lot. After we send Justin off for the day and walk Carter to Pre-K, we come home and settle into bowl of oatmeal. One bowl, two spoons, most of the time. Breakfast is the meal where she packs it in. It doesn't hurt that that is often the meal I let her share with me, on my lap and from my bowl. I know, I'm babying her, but I don't even mind because we love it so much. And the oatmeal too.

I have mastered the art of perfect not-in-the-least-bit-gluey oatmeal and it is SO MUCH EASIER that you think. It is embarrassing I have to write a recipe for this. It is another instance where you will read the recipe and never read it again. So simple.

And then there are these pancakes. For a bigger breakfast I love to make these and eat them with applesauce and plain yogurt. So, so good.

Happy oatmeal breakfast to you. 

Boil 1 cup of water in the microwave or stove top.
Fill your bowl 2/3 of the way full with old fashioned oats.

Pour water into the bowl with the oatmeal until you can see it (just below the surface).
Cover the bowl with plate and allow it to stand for 3ish minutes.

If you like dried fruit you can add it before the water or after- however you like it. Then top with your choice of milk, yogurt, fruit and or nuts. JUST don't stir and break up your perfect, and un-gluey oats.

Oatmeal Pancakes
Deborah Madison, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone)

1½ cup rolled oats (you can use steel cut oats, but they need to soak longer—overnight)
2 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
2 TBS maple syrup
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ tsp salt
½ cup flour ( I often go whole wheat here)
¼ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp baking soda
Stir the oats and buttermilk together and let sit for 20 minutes, if you’re using rolled oats; steel cut oats need to sit overnight. Meanwhile, heat the griddle and beat the eggs with the maple sugar and oil. After 20 minutes, if you’re using rolled oats, stir in the oats and buttermilk mixture. Combine the dry ingredients and add them to the oat mixture as well. Drop ¼ cup batter onto the hot griddle and cook over a medium-low heat. This batter has a lot of moisture and needs to cook slowly.

How do you like your oats?


  1. oh yum! cant go wrong with pancakes! esp healthy ones! just posted some on my blog too!

  2. I microwave my oatmeal, milk, and rolled oats- 1 minute, and a complete protein. For my babies, I always do this with whole milk, and then let it cool. It forms into a oatmeal pancake of sorts, and I can cut it up, and the baby can feed herself and the oatmeal doesn't get all over her head and face. By the time they are a little over one, the are ready for the bowl, but it is nice to have healthy finger food for the kiddies.


  3. yum yum yum! I love oatmeal! I usually put a cup of water, 1/2 cup of oats in the microwave for 2.5 minutes, top with milk and fruit and enjoy a delicious and satisfying breakfast! Thanks for the pancake recipe!

  4. Maybe you are all more microwave savvy than me. Every time I would zap oatmeal and liquid together I would always neglect it and let it boil over. Hence, the new technique.


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