A while back my wife was making something that required oatmeal.
We didn’t have any.
I went out to get some at the local 3 Bears (kind’ve the Alaskan version of Sam’s Wholesale or Costco, only much better). I came home with a bargain, about ten pounds of Old Fashioned Quaker Oats.
I got a really good deal.
My wife needed about 1 cup.
By my calculations, at the rate we’ve been going through that giant box of oats, we should have enough to last pretty much for the rest of our lives, even if the Zombie Apocalypse requires us to live in the shelter eating nothing but oatmeal for a year.
And then they can bury me in the box.
I froze half of it, but I’ve been trying to find ways to use up the remainder.
Now, I’m not really a big fan of oatmeal for breakfast, I’ll eat it, but I prefer grits. And nobody else in the house is a big fan either. But, you know, there’s more than one way to make oatmeal for breakfast.
These, for example, which beats a bowl of mush hands down:
Here’s what you need:
|2 cups||Old Fashioned Quaker Oats|
|2 tbs||vegetable oil|
|2||apples, chopped medium|
|1 tsp||baking soda|
|1 tsp||baking powder|
The night before:
- mix the oats and buttermilk together, cover and leave in the fridge overnight. The oats will thicken into a pretty solid mess, like oatmeal left in the bowl on a counter overnight. This is exactly what you want. If you don’t have time to leave them overnight, mix them up and let them sit for at least 2 hours, 3 is better, overnight, though, is best. Really. Trust me.
The next morning:
- add the eggs and oil to the oats and buttermilk and mix well. I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer.
- add in the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
- cook like regular pancakes on a lightly greased griddle or non-stick pan. 1/4 cup of batter per pancake is about right. I use a 1/4 cup disher and that works perfect, portion wise. Wait for the tops to bubble just slightly, then flip.
- serve with butter, a dollop raspberry jam, and a little syrup.
- makes about 12 pancakes.
They taste, and smell, like cinnamon apple oatmeal and have a much better texture and mouth feel than regular jiffy mix pancakes. With some turkey bacon, you’ve got a healthy breakfast that everybody will love.