Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

January is National Oatmeal Month

My mom loves coffee, and I don’t mean frilly frappes with sugary syrups. I mean a dark mug of steaming joe. No cream. No sugar. Just hot black coffee.

Occasionally, when I was in elementary, we would visit a local coffee shop in the morning before school. Mom would order the mandatory java; I would savor a homemade oatmeal cream pie.

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Although a soft, sweet oatmeal cookie isn’t the most balanced breakfast, my grades never suffered from the sugar overload.  Now that I am older and (supposedly) smarter, I desire to eat (slightly) more nutritious morning meals.

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So, to start off the National Oatmeal Month celebrations, we are making Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes (using Blind Spot Nutbutter of course). Stay tuned all month for more amazing oatmeal recipes!

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Oatmeal Cream Pie Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup milk of choice
  • 2 tbs. Oatmeal Raisin Cookie blended nut butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • rounded 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • vanilla yogurt for topping

Directions

  • Grind all ingredients (besides the yogurt) in a food processor until it is the consistency of pancake batter (or paint).
  • Heat a griddle or frying pan over high heat.  Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Drop spoonfuls onto heated pan.  Once bubbles begin to form on the top, flip the pancakes.
  • Cook for an additional 1-3 minutes.
  • Stack pancakes on a plate, layering with vanilla yogurt (pancake, yogurt, pancake, yogurt, pancake, etc.)
  • Top with raisins, banana slices, syrup, chocolate chips, sprinkles, or whatever pancake toppings you like.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Cookie Critiques: Jersey Mike’s Subs

Cookie Critiques: Jersey Mike’s Subs

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My mom is the real MVP.


Two days after she made the special Starbucks cookie delivery, she had a meeting near my school and offered to take me to lunch. After uncertain discussion, a u-turn, and changing our minds one last time, we ended up at Jersey Mike’s.


Like every good sub shop, Jersey Mike’s serves oatmeal raisin cookies, so I had to taste them.

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Appearance: 2.5 – They were a slightly oblong.  Also, you could hardly tell if it was a raisin cookie or a chocolate chip cookie.

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Texture: 2 – Way to go, Jersey Mike’s!  You perfected the cookie with a slightly crisp outside and chewy inside.  Success!

Taste: 4 – They nailed this as well.  I would have liked a little more oatmeal, but it tasted real, hearty, and pure!

Final Score: 8.5 out of 10 and two thumbs up!

Cookie Critique:  Starbucks

Cookie Critique:  Starbucks

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Last week, two facts were sure:

1. It was time for another cookie critique.

2. I was treating a dorm-mate to Starbucks at the end of the week.

In my mind, everything was aligning perfectly.


That ended when I walked into Starbucks. There were no cookies in their display case! 😳

So I made a special trip to Duncan Donuts a few days later only to learn that my local Duncan Donuts doesn’t sell oatmeal cookies! 😢


Thank you, Mom, for making a quick stop by the school after your Bible study to bring me Starbuck’s last oatmeal raisin cookie. You are a Godsend.


In the comfort of my dorm room, I made the following critique.

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Appearance:  2.5 – It wasn’t a perfect circle, and the raisins were not evenly distributed.

Texture: 3 – I know that my scoring only goes up to 2 points for texture, but this cookie was honestly perfect.  It was so soft that it earned bonus points!

Taste: 2.5 – it tasted like coffee. No joke.  other than that, it was delicious, wholesome and consistent.

Final score: 8 out of 10

Cookie Critiques: Firehouse Subs

Cookie Critiques: Firehouse Subs

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It’s been a few months since I taste-tested a new fast food oatmeal cookie.  It’s time to take care of that!

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My latest victim was Firehouse Subs.

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Appearance: 3.5  – The cookie was almost a perfect circle, and it had a beautiful golden color.  It was also easy to see raisins evenly spread throughout the whole cookie.

Texture: 2 – The cookie was deliciously moist and chewy.

Taste: 2.5 – The cookie was far from disgusting, but it was overly sweet, and it tasted fake.

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Total: 8 – Overall, Firehouse Subs’ oatmeal raisin cookie is okay if you are just craving a cookie, but it is nothing special.

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Cookie Critique: McDonalds

Cookie Critique: McDonalds

My third cookie sampling was under two golden arches.

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I have had McDonald’s oatmeal cookies in years past, and I have always liked them, but I had never analyzed them.  These cookie critiques call for a full analysis of every detail.

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Sadly, something was not quite right with these cookies.  First of all, they weren’t flat.  They had been placed on a tray while they were still hot, so they had cooled into a V shape.  The color was pretty good, but they were VERY crunchy.  They didn’t even pretend to be soft and chewy.  The flavor was great, but not quite consistent.

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Maybe I should give McDonald’s another try since I have had success with them in the past, but this batch is only going to receive 5 points.

Cookie Critique: Panera Bread

Cookie Critique: Panera Bread

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On January 1, I announced my resolution to find the country’s best fast food oatmeal cookie.

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My second cookie review was at Panera Bread. I love Panera’s soba bowl, and I was eager to try their cookies as well.  However, I was not impressed.  First of all, the cookie did not look appealing. It wasn’t burnt or misshapen, but it just didn’t entice me.

Sorry for the poor photo. The only available camera was my brother’s phone.

The center of the cookie was fat and chewy-almost too chewy. The cookie got stuck in my teeth. The edges were thin and crunchy-way too crunchy.  The flavor, however, was pretty good.  It was consistent and not too sweet.

Overall, I give Panera’s oatmeal raisin cookie 7 points.

2016 Resolution – Cookie Critiques

2016 Resolution – Cookie Critiques

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Every January,  thousands of people set goals that they want to achieve over the following 365 days.  Usually, people aim to manage their finances, lose weight, sleep more, or organize.  However, I am going on a search.  A search, that is, for the world’s best fast-food oatmeal cookie.

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This year, I resolve to taste test as many different fast-food oatmeal cookies as possible and judge them to determine which one is the best.

What makes a cookie great?  The first criteria is appearance.  It should look appealing–a uniform, round cookie that is not too dark.  Also, the texture should be soft, chewy, and maybe even a little gooey; hard cookies will not make the cut!  Lastly, and most importantly, it should taste good!  I like a cookie to taste real and hearty–not overly sweet, but not like a bag of raw oats.  All the ingredients should blend well, and the taste should be consistent (no hard bites of baking soda!)

I will be giving each cookie a score of 1-10 based on the following chart:

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Bonus points may be awarded for creativity!

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My fist taste test was at a local Subway deli.

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The cookie was gorgeous – perfectly round and golden.  It was properly chewy and had a consistent flavor, but it may have been a tad too sweet.

This cookie set the bar high.  I am giving it 9 points!  The competitors are going to have to bring some good cookies to measure up to Subway!