We eat oatmeal at least 4x per month because it is an expensive, tasty and filling meal. However, sometimes one or more of our 5 kiddos will decide they do not want to eat oatmeal that day for a myriad of reasons. This leaves me with 1-2 extra servings of oatmeal uneaten and since I try to fall the mantra “Use it up, wear it out, make it do,do without” I cannot simply throw it away. So here is a list of the things we do at this house to USE IT UP.
Our favorite use for leftover oatmeal
This is a cookie recipe I tried when someone gave me a full tray of cooked oatmeal! It came out really good. I sent the cookies with my husband to put out at his work. They liked them so well that I was asked to make more for a retirement party the next day.
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup shortening
1 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
Sift dry ingredients together. Add shortening and eggs and beat until creamy (about 2 min). Stir in oatmeal. Drop from teaspoon onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen
More ideas for left over oatmeal
- add them to pancakes
- 1/2 cup in a smoothie
- I put it in a greased loaf pan. The next morning, turn it out on a board, slice, and fry in a little butter until heated thru and a little brown. Top with butter and syrup, jam, anything you would put on pancakes or cornmeal mush.
- Add it to bread dough
- Oatmeal Muffins (as in the Tightwad Gazette)
- Add to meatloaf
- Make a Cake from Don’t waste the crumbs
- Use it to thicken soup
- Peanut Butter Bars
- LEFTOVER OATMEAL SNACK BARS (From Hillbilly Housewife forum)- Mix one cup of oatmeal with one egg, two tablespoons of flour, one and a half cups of bread crumbs.- Add any of the following ingredients for a variety in taste: Cinnamon, almond extract, raisins, nuts, chocolate bits, or flax seed.- Form into bars on a lightly greased cookie sheet.- Bake twenty five minutes with the oven set at 350 degrees.This recipe makes eight nutritious breakfast bars to eat on the run when you have a busy schedule, or to quell midday hunger.
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