Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

Peanut Butter and Jelly Baked Oatmeal Bars

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Is there a more classic combination in the USA than peanut butter and jelly?  Our children are raised on the sweet sandwich from an early age, and we have translated those flavors to many other treats.

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Apple Cinnamon Bites

Apple Cinnamon Bites

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Saturday evening after supper, I was successfully avoiding real schoolwork.

To begin, I downloaded a bunch of “educational” apps so that I could “review” them for my Educational Technology class (actually I just enjoy playing children’s games).  In between trying to create mathematical sentences and type parts of speech, I decided to scroll through my drafts folder.

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Lo and behold, I have multiple recipes waiting to be shared.  I hope you enjoy National Apple Month with these apple cinnamon bites.

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 apple, diced
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tbs lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • extra sugar, for topping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahernheit.
  • Combine milk and lemon juice.  Let sit while completing the next two steps.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together first seven ingredients (flour, oatmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon)
  • Stir in applesauce and diced apple.
  • Add vanilla to milk and lemon juice mixture.
  • Gradually add wet mixture to dry mixture until completely combined into a sticky dough.
  • Coat brownie pan and insert with nonstick spray.  Evenly spread dough into the pan.  Press the insert into the pan.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Set oven to broil.  Sprinkle sugar over pan and broil for two minutes.
  • Let cool completely before removing from pan.
  • Eat and enjoy with a glass of milk!

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Adapted from “(Relatively) Healthy Oatmeal Scones” by  slicedpeaches.

 

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Personal Sweet Potato Casserole With Oatmeal Topping

Personal Sweet Potato Casserole With Oatmeal Topping

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What would Sweet Potato Week be without a recipe for sweet potato casserole?

What would Kat’s 9 Lives be without oatmeal?

You may never know the answer to those questions.

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Ingredients

For the sweet potato filling:

  • 2/3 cup cooked, mashed sweet potato
  • 1 tbs milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla

For the oatmeal topping:

  • 2 tbs oatmeal
  • 1/2 tbs water
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly coat a single-serve ramekin with nonstick spray
  • Mix together all ingredients for the filling and scoop into the ramekin
  • Bake for 5 minutes
  • Meanwhile, mix together all of the topping ingredients
  • Remove the sweet potato filling from the oven and top with oatmeal mixture
  • Return the ramekin to the oven and continue to bake for 15-20 minutes
  • Let cool, eat, and enjoy!

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Plum-Tasty “Baked” Oatmeal

Plum-Tasty “Baked” Oatmeal

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Sometimes recipes get lost/forgotten/ignored in my drafts folder.  This is one of them.  I think I made this recipe over a year ago, but I honestly don’t remember.  I just know that I was looking through drafts earlier this week and rediscovered it.

The truth is, I don’t even really remember making plum oatmeal.  When I glanced at the pictures in the post, I had to scroll to the ingredients to figure out what I had put in it.

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Apparently, though, it tasted really good.  Here’s what I originally wrote (over a year ago) as a preface for this recipe:

“Just try a bite, and you won’t be able to stop! This warm, sweet oatmeal is one of the best oatmeal recipes I have ever put together.  To make things even better, it only takes about 5 minutes to make because it is “baked” in the microwave.”

I guess that I am going to have to take my own word for it 🙂

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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/8 cup milk of choice
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 plum, chopped (I used the other half for topping)
  • juice of 1 lemon wedge (or 1/2 tsp. lemon juice)

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave on high 1.5-2 minutes
  • Let cool, if necessary
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Closing Comrades: March {The Breakfast Drama Queen}

Closing Comrades: March {The Breakfast Drama Queen}

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Happy end of March!  This month, I have invited Claudia (A.K.A. The Breakfast Drama Queen) to be my closing comrade.  Here’s what she has to say:

Hi there! I’m Claudia from The Breakfast Drama Queen, and I’m delighted to be a guest on
Kat’s 9 Lives.

Kat gave me the exciting opportunity to write about anything – anything!
As I’m currently studying law and have a degree in economics, I could
give you a lengthy discussion on monetary policy or negligence law. But
I wouldn’t be that cruel. So instead I’m going to talk about one of my
favorite foods in the universe, baked oatmeal!

Baked oatmeal is like a breakfast cake. Best of all, it’s so easy to
recreate your favorite desserts as healthy baked oatmeal breakfasts!

Some of my favorites include…

Black Forest Baked Oatmeal
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German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal

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and Banana Upside Down Cake Baked Oatmeal

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Not surprisingly, my blog is becoming overwhelmed by baked oatmeal
recipes.

Depending on the recipe and baking times, it can be chewy like a cookie
or soft like a muffin (or somewhere in between). So, here are a few of
my tips for making dessert-worthy baked oatmeals.

1. Fruit/Vegetable Purees
There’s nothing like some pumpkin puree, mashed banana or applesauce to
add moisture and volume to baked oatmeals. Alternatively, try adding
some grated apple, carrot or zucchini.

2. Toppings
Just like cakes, baked oatmeals can be jazzed up with a range of
toppings. I often top my baked oatmeal with nut butters or coconut
yogurt. Actual frosting works too!

3. Removing Baked Oatmeal from the Ramekin
Ordinarily, I’d recommend just eating baked oatmeal out of the ramekin
(unless you bake them in muffin pans). It’s easier and faster this way.
However, they do look pretty if you make the effect to remove them from
the ramekins and place them on a prettier dish.

If removing the baked oatmeal from the ramekin, the first thing to do is
make sure it’s cooked enough. This seems obvious, but don’t we all
forget things early in the morning when we’re feeling impatient and
hungry? The baked oatmeal should be dry on top and a little bit firm to
touch. Wobbly or doughy baked oatmeal will collapse if you try to remove
it form the dish.

Next, let the oatmeal cool in the ramekin for at least five minutes.
Yes, the wait is hard. But it’s 120% necessary. Loosen it a bit by
running a butter knife around the circumference of the baked oatmeal.
Then invert it onto a plate (or, if you’re game, your hand). Invert the
oatmeal again so it’s the right way up.

But as I said, this is just for aesthetic reasons. Most days I’m so
eager to eat my oatmeal that I won’t wait five seconds longer than
necessary and simply eat it out of the baking dish.

4. Chocolate Chips
Seriously, add them. Life is better with chocolate.

And that’s all I have to say about one of my favorite breakfasts. Are
you a baked oatmeal fan?

Thanks, Claudia, for sharing these great tips–they were much more interesting than an economics lecture!  I also am an oatmeal enthusiast, and I am definitely guilty of impatiently eating baked oatmeal before it has cooled.

For more oatmeal fun, check out Claudia’s site or look through the numerous oatmeal recipes that I have posted (including Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal).

I hope that you had a wonderful March!

Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal

Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal

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You should be nice and rested today since we received an extra hour of sleep last night.  I am just going to be honest: the night that we “fall back” might be my least favorite night of the year.  When I set my clock back, I have to finally admit that winter is on its way.  The signs of the horrid season are already upon us–I had to wear a winter coat on Friday, there are Black Friday advertisements all over the web, and snow flurries have been predicted.  Were it not for Christmas, I would crawl into a warm bed right now with an electric blanket, steaming mug of tea, and a pile of novels.  Hibernation will continue until March 20.

You are going to need some warm breakfasts now–smoothies and refrigerated oats won’t cut it. Depending on who you are, Sunday mornings may  be relaxing or hectic.  Mine tend towards the easy side.  I get to sleep past eight, take my time getting ready, and leisurely stroll to church (or make a mad dash if it is cold).  I know of others, however, that wake up with the sun in order to finish preparing Bible lessons, make breakfast, and rush the family into the van. If your mornings are easy, take time to make this warm treat that is reminiscent of your grandma’s sweet, summery muffins.  If you know that you will be short on time, prepare this the night before and simply heat it in the microwave when you are ready to eat.

Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and spray a single-serve ramekin with nonstick spray
  • In a bowl, mash the banana.  Stir in milk and vanilla.
  • Add oatmeal, soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Stir in blueberries.
  • Transfer to ramekin.
  • Bake for 25 minutes.
  • Eat and enjoy  (while wearing a scarf, tights, boots, and a coat)
Oats and Outfits: Sunday {Banana Bread Brunch}

Oats and Outfits: Sunday {Banana Bread Brunch}

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Wow!  I have made it through the whole week! Seven full days of Oats and Outfits!  There is a remaining form of oatmeal I have yet to eat this week, and I am so excited to make this baked oatmeal recipe.

To match my “Sunday Brunch” dress, I am making banana bread baked oatmeal.  This is my first time ever making this recipe, and I absolutely love it.  It tastes just like banana bread, and the dried cranberries give it a nice punch of tartness.  If you don’t like cranberries and coconut, feel free to use any other mix-ins you want–peanut butter, chocolate chips, walnuts, anything!

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 tbs. vanilla yogurt
  • 2 tbs. water
  • 1 tbs. dried cranberries
  • 1-2 tsp. shredded coconut

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients and pour into a single-serve ramekin.
  • Bake at 380 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Turn oven to broil and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Let cool and eat!