Category Archives: Oatmeal

No Bake Cake Batter Oatmeal Fudge Blondies

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This heat is gettin’ crazy.  It’s been over 100 degrees for the past 2 weeks!

They tell you to stay out of the kitchen if you can’t take the heat, but I prefer to just turn the heat off in the kitchen.

Katie ain’t bakin’ no mo’.  Ever since the sun started blazing, I started testing recipes for “no bake blondies.”  I searched and searched and searched but could not find a single recipe that wasn’t a healthy date/fig/etc. mixture, so I thought I’d make my own.

It’s hard work, let me tell you.  I still haven’t found the perfect recipe, but these are my favorite so far.

If you’re sick of the heat like me, but still want to make some tasty treats, these are the ones for you.

What have you been making since it’s been so hot?  Have you still been baking or does it kill you to turn the oven on?

 

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No Bake Cake Batter Oatmeal Fudge Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cake mix of choice (I used Funfetti, duh.)
  • 6 blocks of vanilla almond bark
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a medium sized microwave safe bowl with white chocolate, about 1-2 minutes.
  2. Mix in cake mix and oats.
  3. Press mixture into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  4. Chill until hardened.
  5. Cut and eat. Yum.

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Nutella No-Bake Cookies

nutella no bake cookies

When I was a kid, I used to love when my mom would make no-bake cookies.  She rarely ever made them, so they were an awesome treat when she did.  Since she rarely made them, I thought they were some magical treat that was really hard to make.

I didn’t realize how easy they were to make until the first time I made them on my own.  Even though they still tasted great, it kind of ruined the “magical, really hard to make” feeling I had for them as a kid.

Which is why I had to switch them up to make them taste better.  Adding Nutella shouldn’t make that big of a difference, but it really did.  When you add Nutella, they kind of taste like fudge.  Fudgy oatmeal cookies that take 10 minutes to make… what gets better than that?  The magic was back for me after I made these!

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What was your magical treat as a kid?

Nutella No-Bake Cookies
Adapted from: Food Network 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal

Directions

  1. In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk.
  2. Let boil for 1 minute then add Nutella, vanilla and oatmeal.
  3. On a non-stick surface, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.

nutella no bake cookie recipe

Guest Post: Versatile Oats

Thanks so much to Jenny for doing this blog post for me!  She’s wonderful and has a great blog so be sure to check her out!  I don’t know what I’d do without my wonderful blogging friends.  Xoxo! 🙂 

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Hey everyone I’m Jenny and I blog over at Fit Girl Foodie. Just wanted to start off saying a great big thanks to Katie for letting me do a guest post on her blog while she’s away Smile. If anyone has some serious baking skills it’s her.

I’m not going to lie, when Katie asked me to do a guest post I had no idea what I was going to write. I’m not a baker nor have I made anything blog worthy. But if there’s one thing I’m good at is making some serious morning oats.

I was a cereal junkie all my life and no not eating Kashi and Puffins. I ate Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, Captain Crunch and the likes. My first oatmeal experience was good but not mind boggling.

My rookie days

I don’t know about you but not exactly pretty now is it?
Fast forward a few months and we have this
Pumpkin Pie Oats
Now we’re on to something Winking smile
Bananas more your taste?
Topped with more banana, peanuts, granola, and cinnamon raisin pb
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What about banana and chocolate?

Topped with chia seeds, peanuts, graham crackers, chocolate morsels and a spoonful of cinnamon raisin pb

Or with Jam?

The options are virtually limitless
Who says oatmeal has to be boring? Winking smile

Oatmeal Parfait

Since I’m sure you’re all completely tired of me jacking your glucose levels and increasing the risk of heart disease and since it’s the day after Halloween and if you’re like me, you’re recovering from a sugar coma, I’ve decided to provide you with something that might only slightly do all of the above.

This is what I eat for breakfast most days.  I have to make it look like a dessert so I can trick my brain into thinking that’s what it is.

I love oatmeal.

It’s good for you, it tastes good, and it possesses so many good benefits for your body.

For example, it’s high in fiber and is proven to provide cancer-fighting agents, the more you eat, the less chance of getting heart disease you have, and it’s high in lots of nutrients and vitamins.

It’s really just the perfect way to start your day off right.

Try it, your heart will thank you!

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Oatmeal Parfait My Way
This is so adaptable it’s ridiculous.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup yogurt of your choice 
1/2 cup blueberries
1 Tablespoon pumpkin butter
1 tablespoon jam
1 teaspoon sugar
optional: reddi-whip

Cook oats with water until they’ve reached your desired consistency.  I like mine thick so I cook them a little longer.

Layer the parfait.

1st layer: 1/3 oatmeal mixture
2nd: pumpkin butter, 1/2 yogurt
3rd: 1/3 oatmeal mixture
4th: blueberries and jam
5th: 1/3 oatmeal mixture
6th: the rest of the yogurt
top with optional reddi-whip and cinnamon.

Chill in fridge until cool.
Eat! 🙂

Oatmeal Parfait

Since I’m sure you’re all completely tired of me jacking your glucose levels and increasing the risk of heart disease and since it’s the day after Halloween and if you’re like me, you’re recovering from a sugar coma, I’ve decided to provide you with something that might only slightly do all of the above.

This is what I eat for breakfast most days.  I have to make it look like a dessert so I can trick my brain into thinking that’s what it is.

I love oatmeal.

It’s good for you, it tastes good, and it possesses so many good benefits for your body.

For example, it’s high in fiber and is proven to provide cancer-fighting agents, the more you eat, the less chance of getting heart disease you have, and it’s high in lots of nutrients and vitamins.

It’s really just the perfect way to start your day off right.

Try it, your heart will thank you!

-end oatmeal commercial-

Oatmeal Parfait My Way
This is so adaptable it’s ridiculous.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup yogurt of your choice 
1/2 cup blueberries
1 Tablespoon pumpkin butter
1 tablespoon jam
1 teaspoon sugar
optional: reddi-whip

Cook oats with water until they’ve reached your desired consistency.  I like mine thick so I cook them a little longer.

Layer the parfait.

1st layer: 1/3 oatmeal mixture
2nd: pumpkin butter, 1/2 yogurt
3rd: 1/3 oatmeal mixture
4th: blueberries and jam
5th: 1/3 oatmeal mixture
6th: the rest of the yogurt
top with optional reddi-whip and cinnamon.

Chill in fridge until cool.
Eat! 🙂

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

FINALLY!  The week is OVER.  I’ve enjoyed my classes, but I am happy it’s over.  What about you guys?  Are you happy it’s Friday?

I’ve had a lot of homework this week and I’d like to think I’ve been working pretty hard.  I feel pretty accomplished now that the week is over. Has this week felt incredibly jam-packed to anybody else?!

I thought I’d rack up my accomplishments for the week by making cookies.  Cookies and I do NOT get along.  I try so hard to make them come out even halfway decent.  I’m not asking for perfection here, I would just like to make a cookie that doesn’t get rejected.  I would like to tell you all that I made my first good cookie.  Not only was it good, it was really, really good.  
A few days ago, I was reading Deb at Smitten Kitchen’s blog and I came across these Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate cookies.  Normally, oatmeal cookies are not my favorite.  Or white chocolate.  Or salted sweets.  But as I was reading her post, she wrote that they might have outranked her homemade oreos and that is the moment I knew I had to try them.  I couldn’t imagine how any cookie could outrank those… so I had to test it myself.

I’m glad I did because hese cookies are delicious!!  I still love the homemade oreos, but I can completely see how somebody might want to challenge these two cookies.  Even my boyfriend who doesn’t like sweets ate one… and another, and another.  Please make them…if I can do it, so can you!  Let me know how you like them.  🙂

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
12 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
6 ounces good-quality white chocolate bar, chopped (not “white chocolate” chips; they’re almost always artificial. I am adamant about this.) I used coconut white chocolate and I think the coconut added a really good flavor to the cookie.
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (like Maldon or fleur de sel) (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and table salt in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula, then add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Scrape down bowl again. Add flour mixture gradually and mix until just incorporated and smooth.

Gradually add oats and white chocolate and mix until well incorporated.

 
Divide dough into 24 equal portions, each about 2 tablespoons. Roll between palms into balls, then place on lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Using fingertips, gently press down each ball to about 3/4-inch thickness.

Sprinkle a flake or two of sea salt on each cookie.

Bake until cookies are deep golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool.

See the sea salt?

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies

FINALLY!  The week is OVER.  I’ve enjoyed my classes, but I am happy it’s over.  What about you guys?  Are you happy it’s Friday?

I’ve had a lot of homework this week and I’d like to think I’ve been working pretty hard.  I feel pretty accomplished now that the week is over. Has this week felt incredibly jam-packed to anybody else?!

I thought I’d rack up my accomplishments for the week by making cookies.  Cookies and I do NOT get along.  I try so hard to make them come out even halfway decent.  I’m not asking for perfection here, I would just like to make a cookie that doesn’t get rejected.  I would like to tell you all that I made my first good cookie.  Not only was it good, it was really, really good.  
A few days ago, I was reading Deb at Smitten Kitchen’s blog and I came across these Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate cookies.  Normally, oatmeal cookies are not my favorite.  Or white chocolate.  Or salted sweets.  But as I was reading her post, she wrote that they might have outranked her homemade oreos and that is the moment I knew I had to try them.  I couldn’t imagine how any cookie could outrank those… so I had to test it myself.

I’m glad I did because hese cookies are delicious!!  I still love the homemade oreos, but I can completely see how somebody might want to challenge these two cookies.  Even my boyfriend who doesn’t like sweets ate one… and another, and another.  Please make them…if I can do it, so can you!  Let me know how you like them.  🙂

Crispy Salted Oatmeal White Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon table salt
12 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
6 ounces good-quality white chocolate bar, chopped (not “white chocolate” chips; they’re almost always artificial. I am adamant about this.) I used coconut white chocolate and I think the coconut added a really good flavor to the cookie.
1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt (like Maldon or fleur de sel) (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat. Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and table salt in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Scrape down bowl with rubber spatula, then add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Scrape down bowl again. Add flour mixture gradually and mix until just incorporated and smooth.

Gradually add oats and white chocolate and mix until well incorporated.

 
Divide dough into 24 equal portions, each about 2 tablespoons. Roll between palms into balls, then place on lined baking sheets about 2 1/2 inches apart. Using fingertips, gently press down each ball to about 3/4-inch thickness.

Sprinkle a flake or two of sea salt on each cookie.

Bake until cookies are deep golden brown, about 13 to 16 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack to cool.

See the sea salt?