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Recipes Using Oatmeal

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A hearty, gluten free grain that can be used in many kinds of recipes. This page contains recipes using oatmeal.


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December 6, 20161 found this helpful

Banana Oatmeal Fingers

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This is a guide about banana oatmeal fingers. A healthy snack for little people can be made with no added sugar.


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oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries

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This is a guide about homemade oatmeal recipes. A hearty breakfast cereal that can be enhanced in many delicious ways with fruits, nuts, spices and dairy.


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Oatmeal Swiss Roll Cake

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This guide contains oatmeal cake recipes. A simple, healthier cake can be made with the addition of this grain.


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April 30, 2008


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups old-fashioned or quick-cooking oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 Tablespoons margarine
  • Brown sugar to taste (I use approx. 1/4 cup)


Stir oatmeal and dry milk together. Add to cold water in a heavy bottom pan and bring to a boil. Cook according to package directions. Stir in margarine, and brown sugar.

Serves 4

This is what I make for breakfast when the cupboard is almost bare, or it's the end of the month. . . but my kids have always seen it as a treat. Sometimes I add a teaspoon of maple flavoring.

By Barb from Allendale, MI

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January 20, 2005

Does anybody have any creative oatmeal recipe ideas that does NOT involve sugar or flour? Meaning no oatmeal cookies, bars or bread. I want to start incorporating oatmeal in our daily diet but plain oatmeal for breakfast gets kind of boring.


I would like to stay away from sugar and refined white flour if at all possible since that defeats the purpose of trying to be healthy. I would be willing to use a little honey, fruit preserve or Splenda to sweeten it if necessary. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated.


P.S. To the wonderful person (I forgot who) who posted the tip on Thrifty some time back on putting fruit preserves in oatmeal to sweeten it, thank you! It was a wonderful idea.

Editor's Note: I believe the tip you are referring to is here: Sweeten Oatmeal With Jam

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June 16, 20060 found this helpful
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I cook 1/4 cup of oatmeal with a little water. Microwave for 2 minutes.

Then I take out and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and cinnamon. I know it sounds different, but it's fabulous..and good for you.

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July 23, 20060 found this helpful
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I use oatmeal in my meatballs and meatloaf instead of breadcrumbs works great and nobody can tell the difference.

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September 20, 20080 found this helpful
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Oatmeal pancakes or waffles. So good!


1/2 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese

2 eggs

dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract

This is a great recipe You've got to try it, and if you don't like cottage cheese don't worry, you can't taste it. It's all smoothed in the blender too. Add extras if you want like banana, blueberries, sometimes I put in chocolate chips and that is great too. Hope you enjoy!

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November 12, 20080 found this helpful
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This recipe is from Elle Krieger

1/2 cup old fashioned oats

1 cup water

1 pinch of salt (optional)

1/8-1/4 cup of dried cherries (you can use any other dried fruit, but just make sure you get similar sugar free jam)

2 tbs Sugar Free berry preserves

2 tsp Vanilla Extract

Just cook the oats as directed on container with dried fruit. Add salt if desired. Then when oats are done cooking, turn off heat and add the jam and vanilla extract. Stir a few times to combine and then serve.

I have this for breakfast everyday and it's delicious! it's sweet so you don't feel deprived, but also so good for you. It's the perfect way to start off the day.

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June 28, 2005

I know I have read a recipe for baked oatmeal in the newsletter, but now I can't find it. I have been given 2 very large boxes of original oatmeal. The type that takes a while to cook. I figured if I could find the recipe for baked oatmeal that would be a way to use it. Any other ideas for recipes using oatmeal would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,

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June 28, 20050 found this helpful
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1/2 c. oil or applesauce

2 eggs, beaten

1 c. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

3 c. oatmeal

1 tsp. salt

1 c. milk

nuts, optional

1. Bake at 350 degrees, 30-35 minutes.

Also can be cut in half and microwaved.

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June 28, 20050 found this helpful
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Triple-Healthy Salmon Patties

Take a large can of salmon and with fingers pulverize the bones. Chop the skin fine or discard it.


1/2 c oatmeal

1 egg

dash pepper

2-6 T of chopped onion (to taste)

dash of milk

dash of lemon juice if you have it

Form into patties and fry in olive oil till browned. Cheap olive oil has less flavor so is best for this.

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful
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Mashed Potato Oatmeal

I sneak oatmeal into the family food, anyway I can, and they never know it.

Put 1 cup dried oatmeal into mixing bowl.

Put 1 cup warm water over oatmeal. Stir and set aside.

Boil potatoes as usual for mashed potatoes.

While boiling, heat, low fat evaporated milk, butter, and salt in microwave, until butter melts.

Drain potatoes and start mashing, while alternating small amounts of microwaved mixture and oatmeal water mixture, until you get the consistency you want.

I throw in a couple globs of the oatmeal mush too. They will never know, this doesn't change the flavor or the texture at all.

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December 2, 20060 found this helpful
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4 cups old-fashioned oats

2 cups shredded coconut, sweetened

2 cups almonds, sliced

1-1/2 cups dried cherries, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/3 cup honey

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the oats, coconut, almonds, and cherries together in a large bowl. Pour the vegetable oil and honey over the oat mixture. Add the cinnamon, and stir until coated. Pour onto a sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool, stirring occasionally. Store the cooled granola in an airtight container.

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August 25, 2015

There are so many small dry oatmeal mixes, like those with dates and nuts, that I would love to use for baking bread or cookies. Does anyone have such a recipe or experience in using such breakfast food, other than as a cereal?

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August 25, 20150 found this helpful

I am a very experienced baker but have not used the packets for baking, etc., however, out of curiosity, I checked the ingredients of the Quaker Oats single servings. Each type has the basics of cereal, minimal fruit and added vitamins and they also have other ingredients like guar gum, calcium carbonate (chalk), salt (amount not stated), etc. Also, the amount of fruit in the packets is rather low as it is added mostly for minimal flavor.

I would rather use a bread, etc., recipe where I control the ingredients.

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August 26, 20150 found this helpful

Are you talking about those microwave packets?

They are highly processed and not a substitute for rolled oats in a recipe.

You could try adding them to a quick bread, muffin or cookie recipe. Remove an equivalent amount of plain flour to get the right consistency of batter.

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February 23, 2009

I was wondering if anyone has a any recipes using leftover oatmeal?

Cristy from Greensboro, NC

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

I'm sure you could add some to meatloaf or hamburger patties. We drink smoothies in the morning, and you could probably put some in them. I have a friend who always adds oatmeal to her brownies for extra fiber, and a restaurant in town puts some in their chili for an extender. Like Coreen, I add it to my homemade bread and muffins.

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

I add it to my smoothies and shakes for added nutrients.

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February 24, 20090 found this helpful

Well I haven't done it for a long time. But my mom use to take it and add a little brown sugar, cinnamon and then make patties and fry them in a little lard. That was back in the 40's. So crisco would do for frying now. Made a desert for us.

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February 25, 20090 found this helpful

Thanks for so many great ideas! I can't wait to try them.

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May 5, 2005

My family strongly dislikes the packets of instant oatmeal I thought they would enjoy. I have more than half of a box left (and six others I purchased at 50 cents each left over). Any ideas on what I can do with the oatmeal? Can I make cookies out of instant oatmeal? Add to muffin mix? I might be giving these away to the needy if we can't come up with a plan to use these! Thanks so much!

Melissa W.

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July 21, 20070 found this helpful

I have three boxes of cinnamon instant oatmeal and have no clue what to do with it..No one will eat it. what can i use it for..

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May 25, 20080 found this helpful

Check out this link to oatmeal cookies for all those left over packages: http://www.tack  ticle.php?id=128

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May 30, 20080 found this helpful

I have had the best time with these recipes! My sisters love them and I use them more than anybody I know. Thanks for everything you do to entertain people with these outrageously great recipes!

Please know I appreciate this service greatly. It has made cooking fun for the whole family!

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May 14, 20130 found this helpful

I am going to see my mother-in-law who lives in a nursing home in Indiana at the end of May, first of June and I am wanting to make a nice snack for the residents using oatmeal. I usually try to take some sort of a snack for the residents when we visit. I try to make it somewhat healthy being that so many have dietary limitations, but does not necessarily have to be every time we go. They do so enjoy homemade goodies as they do not get them often. We do travel several hours in a vehicle and we stay at a hotel so it can not require refrigeration. Thank you for any ideas and suggestions.


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May 16, 20130 found this helpful

This site has a great oatmeal cookie that I use to send to the troops at the front. I would send care packages once a month and these were a favorite. I would use chopped up raisins or cranraisins instead of chips (they don't do well in warm weather). They were still soft by the time they got there. Adding some chopped walnuts works too.

http://www.sixs  eal-cookies.html

http://www.quak  and-recipes.aspx will have a lot of snacks you could take.

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May 17, 20130 found this helpful

These taste good, have no items that are "unhealthy" and travel well.

1 c oatmeal

2 ripe bananas, mashed

hand full of your choice - chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries (craisins) or chopped nuts.

Mash bananas and oatmeal together. Add your choice (for patients I would avoid nuts in case of nut allergies also they are hard to chew).

Drop by spoonful on to greased baking sheet (or roll into balls and press). These do not expand - what you put down is what you get.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 min.

Makes 18. (Very easy to double or triple the recipe.)

These are very moist and healthy. No salt or baking soda for people with sodium restrictions. No eggs for people with egg allergies. No flour for people who have gluten allergies. Plenty of potasium and fiber.

For travel I just separate layers with wax paper.

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May 20, 20130 found this helpful

I was going to give you the oatmeal cookie recipe that I had posted on Thrifty Fun's Recipe site, but somebody else already posted it here.

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November 26, 2006

What is the difference between quick cooking oatmeal and old fashioned rolled oats? All of my recipes for oatmeal cookies say to use "quick cooking" oatmeal and all I have is a huge box of old-fashioned rolled oats, can I use that instead?

Paula from Christmas, MI

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November 28, 20060 found this helpful

You can use old fashioned oats in place of quick oats. Just run them a few seconds in your blender or food processor to chop them up a bit.

Harlean from Arkansas

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November 28, 20060 found this helpful

Quick cooking is cut a little finer. You can accomplish the same thing by whirling your old fashioned oats in a food processor for a few seconds. You can do it a little longer than that and make it instant. The smaller the pieces, the quicker it cooks.

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November 28, 20060 found this helpful

I use old fashioned oats all the time in my cookies, just as they come in the box, no need to chop or blend if you like the hardiness ...

I like the crispiness of them better.

Best wishes, GG Vi

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August 26, 20080 found this helpful

I have an oatmeal cookie recipe that calls for oatmeal, I find it very vague but am assuming that it means the slow cooking kind. Can I use instant instead? How would this change the outcome of my cookies?

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