10+ Uses for Leftover Oatmeal

oatmealWe 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

Oatmeal Cookies
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
2 eggs
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
  1.  add them to pancakes
  2. 1/2 cup in a smoothie
  3. 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.
  4. Add it to bread dough
  5. Oatmeal Muffins (as in the Tightwad Gazette)
  6. Add to meatloaf
  7. Make a Cake from Don’t waste the crumbs
  8. Use it to thicken soup
  9. Peanut Butter Bars 
  10. 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.

How do you use leftover oatmeal?

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

7 thoughts on “10+ Uses for Leftover Oatmeal

  1. What a nifty little idea. Your getting a pin. Haha. I found ya on the blog hop, nice to meet ya! I hope your having a great Monday.

  2. Yes! We eat lots and lots of oatmeal. I’ve tried lots of those ideas, but I really like the idea of refrying it. That’d be a great mid morning snack, too! My middle schooler ALWAYS needs a snack between each subject. Next time it’s oatmeal. Unless I put it in my smoothie. That was a good one, too! Thanks for the ideas!

  3. I would like to try your recipe for the oatmeal cookies. However baking soda is listed twice. Could you please clarify this part for me?

  4. I have done oatmeal cookies in the past as well. I actually think they taste better. I to was given a full tray of cooked oatmeal. (Was leftover from an office meeting) I couldn’t let it go to waste. My daughter did a search and found a cookie recipe. Have also put them smoothies. Yum.

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