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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes.

Do you have a bit of oatmeal leftover in the pan after everyone has had their breakfast? So did we! And while it made a great snack, later in the day, it makes a better pan of No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes



On oatmeal mornings I usually cook two servings of oatmeal for breakfast. But in addition to the oats, often I will add chopped dried fruit (usually raisins or sometimes dates), so it must be the addition of the dried fruit that makes two serving a little too much for the two of us. And you know how it is when one is frugal.....you simply must make something delicious with what you have leftover. And I must say, these are good.


Yes, I could simply heat the oatmeal in the microwave and enjoy a small serving another time. Which I have done on many occasions. Or I could come up with a delicious oat cake using the leftovers. Creating an oat cake was my goal for this evening. I am calling these oat cakes (instead of muffins) because I think the texture is more cake-like than muffin-like.....


These No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes are whole grain, not too sweet (but feel free to up the sweet a bit, if you want), and frugal. They make a great snack and are perfect to "go along with" something else, as in served with a cup of soup or a salad. But they are just as good with a pat of butter and a cup of honey-sweetened tea for your morning break.

Ingredients needed for this recipe:
whole wheat flour
cooked oatmeal
brown sugar
baking soda 
salt
buttermilk
egg
oil
dried fruit or chopped walnuts
You will also need the following:
large mixing bowl
measuring spoons
measuring cups
silicone spatula
whisk
kitchen spoon
muffin tin
Now we are ready to begin!




No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

1 1/2 c whole wheat flour, we prefer pastry grind for all baking. 
1/3 - 1/2 c brown sugar, if you prefer a sweeter quick bread, use the larger measure
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

1 c buttermilk
1/4 c oil
1 egg

3/4-1 c leftover oatmeal
1/2 c broken walnuts or additional dried fruit (or you could use both)

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour through salt), and whisk to blend well.

Make a "well" in the center of the bowl, and drop in the egg, milk, and oil. Beat well breaking up the egg. Add the cooked oatmeal and walnuts, and combine well. If the mixture appears to have too much liquid, let sit for 5 minutes and then proceed.

Divide into 6 muffin cups, the mixture will most likely fill the muffin cups to the top.


Freshly baked No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes

Bake 20-25 minutes or until done in your oven. Let cool for 5 minutes, loosen, and let cool completely. Tip the muffins on their sides to cool, this will help prevent a soggy bottom!


Storage options for No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. If desired you may freeze for a longer storage time. 

UPDATE:  For your convenience, a "copy and paste" version of No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes has been included below. 

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Printable "copy and paste" version:

No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes
by the seat of my pants
350-degree oven

1 1/2 c whole wheat flour, we prefer pastry grind for all baking. 
1/3 - 1/2 c brown sugar, if you prefer a sweeter quick bread, use the larger measure
1 1/2 t baking soda
1/4 t salt

1 c buttermilk
1/4 c oil
1 egg

3/4-1 c leftover oatmeal
1/2 c broken walnuts or additional dried fruit (or you could use both)

In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients (flour through salt), and whisk to blend well.

Make a "well" in the center of the bowl, and drop in the egg, milk, and oil. Beat well breaking up the egg. Add the cooked oatmeal and walnuts, and combine well. If the mixture appears to have too much liquid, let sit for 5 minutes and then proceed.

Divide into 6 muffin cups, the mixture will most likely fill the muffin cups to the top.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until done in your oven. Let cool for 5 minutes, loosen, and let cool completely. Tip the muffins on their sides to cool, this will help prevent a soggy bottom!

Storage options for No Waste No Worry Oat Cakes. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days. If desired you may freeze for a longer storage time. 

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