Oatmeal: Not Just for Breakfast!

January is national oatmeal month. Celebrate the great taste of oatmeal by giving these recipes a try.

Oat and Apricot Cookies

Sweet dried apricots help to sweeten these delicious treats. The whole house will be filled with their spicy aroma as they bake.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup diced dried apricots

Directions:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: Cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large bowl. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Set aside.

Step 3: Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in the oats and apricots.

Step 4: Stir dry ingredients into the creamed ingredients; mix until just combined.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until just lightly golden; do not over bake. Cool on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Tropical Granola Rounds

Packed with all the flavors of an island paradise, these little gems are a terrific on the go snack.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 (14 ounce) can low fat sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup diced dried pineapple
  • 1/2 cup diced dried mango or papaya
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:
Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 muffin pans.

Step 2: In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sweetened condensed milk, oil, coconut, nuts, dried fruit and nutmeg until well blended. Press flat into the prepared pans.

Step 3: Bake for 18 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Let cool for 5 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely on a rack before storing. Store in an airtight container.


Spiced Apple Overnight Oatmeal

You can wake to the scent of spiced apples by using your crock pot to make this hearty (and simple!) breakfast recipe–even on weekdays!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups steel cut oats
  • 1 small apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup currants (or raisins)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • pinch sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • maple syrup or brown sugar, to taste

Directions:
Step 1: Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Set to low.

Step 2: Stir oats, apple, currants, cinnamon, water, juice and salt in crockpot. Cover and cook for 8-10 hours.

Step 3: Stir milk into cooked oatmeal, adding more as needed to reach desired consistency. Sprinkle with nuts and serve sweetened with maple syrup or brown sugar as desired.


Besides her two favorite jobs of wife and mom, Michelle Ann Anderson is also a freelance writer, enjoys public speaking, writing cookbooks and sharing her love of food with those around her. You can find her blog at MichelleAnnAnderson.com.

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