25 June 2012

Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal: June Secret Recipe Club

Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal in an all edges brownie pan

It's time for Group D's Secret Recipe Club June reveal! I have to admit I was quite intimidated this month! I was assigned the woman who just became SRC's head honcho! Yikes. But it's all good. I love April's style of cooking: “While you wont find any gourmet recipes here, you WILL find yummy, down-home cooking, that is easy to prepare and taste great.” Now that's a cooking philosophy I can get behind.

I scoured the Recipe page of Angel's Homestead looking for something I could make from pantry ingredients. It was so hot today that I couldn't bare the thought of getting out of the house and driving to the grocery store for extra ingredients. I'm also on a quest to find more breakfast stuff that I might actually be willing to eat. I kind of abhor cereal. My friends think I'm a freak, but I just can't stand soggy cereal. I can definitely go for a crunchy granola with Greek yogurt and blueberries, but a girl can only eat that so many mornings. And the option at work is an egg and cheese biscuit. I admit, I go for that way too many days out of the work week. So, I decided to try out one of April's baked oatmeals.

I had to make a few changes because I only had steel cut oats in the house. My changes were made purely to accommodate the extra liquid and extra cooking time required for the steel cut oats.

The all edge pan was not a brilliant stroke of genius, but I've had
it for six months and decided it was high time to use it!

Baked Peanut Butter Oatmeal
adapted from Angel's Homestead, originally from Tidy Mom

¾ cup steel cut oats
¼ cup brown sugar (can use more if you like it sweeter)
2 ½ cups milk (pick your favorite)
1 egg
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
¼ tsp salt
½ cup peanut butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray.
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and stir well. Pour into pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until set.

I actually used 3 cups of milk instead of 2 ½, but found the liquid to be a bit too much. I hadn't thought about accounting for the liquid of the egg when I decided how much milk to use. Tastewise though, I thought the oatmeal was spot on. I enjoyed the texture of the oats (I'm a steel-cut-newbie). As long as I thought of the oatmeal as oatmeal instead of a cookie, I found that I quite enjoyed it. Bender was expecting dessert when he tried it, so he thought it was a fail. But I disagree!

A-great-alternative-to-instant-oatmeal: 1 vote!
Eww: 1 vote

Breakfast is served!

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