Oatmeal to Go

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So the primary reason I opted not to call this one a cookie was, well... I worried it might deter you from eating it early in the morning. And I would never want to go and do that.

But really, this cookie delicious breakfast alternative to oatmeal is compact, simple, and even gets better as it sits around for a couple days. What more do you want? Really the only downside is that they disappear before I can get around to sampling them as they perfect during the following days.

I almost caught myself telling you how surprisingly good they taste because of all of the nutrient dense ingredients....but I guess I never really understood why people say that. All of the ingredients on their own are pridefully delicious... almond butter (yum) honey (yep) oats (also delicious) etc etc... that of course the end result would be nothing but. What does it matter that the components are whole and grainy? Well, I think it does matter actually, but it matters in a great way, not in the way that should prompt any sort of begrudging face quirks.

Anywho, enough ranting for now. I formulated this recipe after making some baked oatmeal and then figured why not take it a step further to cookie-esq form? Well I couldn't find a good enough reason not to, so I went ahead and did it. I know, I know...rebel. And what pairs better with fall than baking and oatmeal? Yes, I guess pumpkin, but who asked you anyhow?

Oatmeal to Go
If you can bear it, these delights improve dramatically if you let them sit for a day. Also, do not overcook! Just let them turn a little golden brown and remain a bit gooey inside. Just trust me here. Also, word of warning, if you are a diabetic-loving sugar addict, just don't bother. These are not overly sweet, although they are wholesomely delicious.

1/2 cup oats
2/3 cups almond meal (or simply stated ground almonds)
1/4 c wheat germ
1/2 cup oat or barley flour
1/4 c almond butter
1/4 cup honey
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
dash of almond or soymilk
handful of raisins

Mix up oats, almond meal, wheat germ, oat and/or barley flour, and salt in a bowl. In a pan on the stove top, heat up the honey and almond butter over medium heat. It should be warm, and make sure it doesn't get hot enough to reach a boil. When heated a bit, take off the stove and mix in the baking soda. It will create a reaction slightly reminiscent of chemistry class, but not as impressive. In a separate bowl beat up the eggs and add the honey/almond butter mixture to the dry ingredients... along with the vanilla as well. Stir until it is all nice and combined, potentially having to add just a dash of soy or almond milk to make the dough a bit more wet. Stir in raisins.

Bake these puppies (now can anyone explain the etymology of that phrase?) for about 7 or 8 minutes, or just golden. The end result will still be a little gooey on the inside.... perfect to replicate oatmeal...but, to go! And please do enjoy in the morning.

Music Pairing

Ray LaMontangne "New York City's Killing Me"
Its the east coast fall that always prompted me to make, or at least long for, oatmeal. The chill in the air and the unexpected change of colors that the lacking trees in New York City were suppose to bequeath.... just delightful. And it just makes sense, speaking of the city, that these fall-y treats would be, alas, to go.


Unknown said...

Stephanie, I love your blog! I'm so glad you signed up for our Winter Recipe Exchange. And this recipe looks fantastic. I always have oatmeal around but rarely think of using it -- is that odd?

Steph said...

Thanks so much Brandi... and yes I think you are very odd indeed! Ill make sure to send some good recipes with oatmeal in them. Inspiration for my next post definitely. Although lately I have been craving copious amounts of cream of wheat.... does that make ME weird?

Have a great weekend and thanks for checking our blog out!

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