What’s New For Dinner? Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “What’s New for Dinner?” Jaycie at CouponGeek and I have made a commitment to each other and to you, our readers, to try ONE new thing in our meal planning each week.  There are several reasons for this:

  • Meal planning can get a bit tedious.  We find ourselves making the same dinners over and over again.  We are forcing ourselves to get creative and step outside of the lines.
  • Hopefully this will inspire you, the reader, to try something new that you haven’t done before.

And Finally,

  • To show  you that adding new recipes or tricks to your culinary routine does not have to be expensive or time consuming…you can have your dinner and eat it too!

I missed a week.  Then I thought I would post twice this week, as I have two new recipes we’ve tried.  I was all proud of myself…when I realized it was FRIDAY and it was time for THIS week’s post.  #superflawed

This week’s new recipe wasn’t actually a new dinner …. it was a new breakfast! I really like to have nice sit down breakfasts on the weekends when we are all together.  It is a good start to our day and a chance to sort of map out our day.  We have a favorite Baked Blueberry Oatmeal recipe that I make frequently, so when a recipe for Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal came across my Twitter Stream touted as “A Giant Oatmeal Cookie You can Cover in Milk”…. I jumped.  You can check out the original recipe I got from Cheryl at Tidy Mom; but here is how it went down at our house:

The Ingredients:

  • quick cooking oats
  • brown sugar
  • white sugar
  • milk
  • melted butter
  • egg
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • vanilla
  • Peanut Butter
  • Raisins *This was a SuperFamily addition*

The Directions:

    • Cheryl says just to mix it all together in a bowl… I’m sort of stuck on the “dry ingredients/wet ingredients then mix” theory … so I did it that way.  I added the peanut butter at the end and then the raisins.
    • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes in a greased 9 x 13 and voila! Breakfast!
    • The Results:

      This is not the same consistency as the baked oatmeal that we are used to and I think this threw everyone off…including me.  As I’ve never had ANY other baked oatmeal…I don’t know which is right; assuming, of course I couldn’t have done anything wrong…but after we got over ourselves adjusted to the difference….we loved it!  The consistency here was very soft, almost cakey.  When we poured the milk over it, it got even softer.  The blueberry oatmeal is much firmer.

      *Hint* When pouring milk over a warm, baked item like this for breakfast….consider warming the milk first.  Just sayin’.

      Clearly, SuperBaby enjoyed this breakfast...he snuck back for more.

      What I Would Change:

      • I would add cinnamon.  More like oatmeal raisin cookies.  Maybe.  Or maybe I did.  I can’t remember, and that is so sad.

      I'm always happy when this is the aftermath of a new recipe.

    • I will try the recipe next time with old fashioned rolled oats instead of quick cooking; I think that might help it be a little firmer.
    • Be sure to stop on over at CouponGeek and see how Jaycie’s experiment turned out this week!

      Want to see more of my culinary challenges adventures? Check out other recipes From My Kitchen or ask yourself “What’s New For Dinner?” this week! Be sure to check back on Sunday when I post my weekly menu (and link one up yourself!) to see what I’ve decided to try out on the family next week!

      1 Comment

      1. Oh Jenn! I love how you write. So honest and true. The “I would add cinnamon. More like oatmeal raisin cookies. Maybe. Or maybe I did. I can’t remember, and that is so sad.” line had me laughing so hard the kids were all, “Mommy, what’s so funny?”

        I can relate. It’s amazing how mushy your memory becomes after you have kids. I better start playing my Brain Age games again. :)

        Looks yummy! Gotta try it soon! Thanks for doing this series with me!



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