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Outstanding Oatmeal, Inexpensive and Delicious!

Oatmeal is amazing. It’s delicious, inexpensive, warm, nourishing, and filling. Making oatmeal for my kids is much less expensive than using processed cereal and it’s also a whole food that I can choose what I add to. Click here to read about some of oatmeal’s many health benefits.

Oatmeal can be made in tons of different flavors just like the boxed instant oatmeals, but when you add your own wholesome ingredients, it’s so much better for you and you know what goes in it is pure. It’s truly one of my favorite breakfasts. My kids LOVE my oatmeal as well. And I know it’s good for them.

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I buy my oats in bulk from Honeyville grain. This saves me money but I also love that their food is just pure ingredients. I know they do not have gluten contamination in their oats which is a concern if I have someone over who is gluten intolerant. Also, the shipping is inexpensive. Since I generally purchase 25 or 50 pounds, I want to save as much as possible on shipping. Theirs is a flat rate of $4.99 no matter how heavy your order is. That’s my kind of deal.

To start making my oatmeal, I first put the old fashioned rolled oats in a pan with some water and let it soak over night. Soaking helps the grain be more easily digested and it also helps it cook faster in the morning when I am in a rush to get the kids something great to eat.

homemade flavored oatmeal

kids eating healthy oatmeal

For 6 servings of oatmeal, which feeds me and my 7 kids a toddler portion each, I soak 2 1/4 cups of old fashioned rolled oats in 4 cups of water. When I get up in the morning, I add 1/2 cup of raw sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, and 2 Tablespoons of butter. I turn the burner on high and stir while I bring the mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling rapidly, I turn off the heat, put the lid on the pan, and let it set until breakfast time (about 20 mintues).

You can flavor your oatmeal by using maple syrup in place of the raw sugar, adding fruit or berries while it is cooking, dropping in a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter and a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder, or just the peanut butter if you prefer. If you are not allergic to cinnamon like me, you could add a teaspoon of cinnamon to most of those combinations. Use your imagination and you can come up with some delicious combos.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy oatmeal?

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Monster Cookies

At Little Sprouts, we have lots of cookie monsters who love to eat cookies (not to mention their cookie loving parents) so I have a few cookies that are famous around these parts.  Monster cookies have been a favorite here for years.  I adapted the recipe from one I got from my sweet Aunt Pat years ago.  She gave me some of the cookies for Christmas with the recipe attached. 

They contain oatmeal, peanut butter, and of course, the best thing, chocolate.  They are chewy on the inside, crispy on the outside and packed to the tippy top with delicious flavor!  Kids love them, adults love them, and my family can’t get enough of them either.

These cookies freeze great because they don’t contain flour or baking powder.  They also store well at room temperature for several days. 


Some tips to remember when making them:

Stir them super thoroughly, hopefully you have a hulk like mine to help you with that part. 

You need a giant bowl because it makes a lot! 

If you don’t have a bunch of cookie monsters in your house, you can half the recipe. 

I hope you and the ones you love enjoy them as much as we do.

 Monster Cookies, yum

monster cookie eggs

monster cookie butter

monster cookie raw sugar

monster cookie batter

monster cookie dough

Monster Cookies
A delicious drop cookie with oatmeal, chocolate, and peanut butter
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  1. 6 eggs
  2. 2 sticks room temperature butter (don't you dare ruin these cookies with margarine!)
  3. 4 c. raw sugar
  4. 4 T. vanilla
  5. 2 1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
  6. 4 tsp. baking soda
  7. 9 c. rolled oats
  8. 1 c. chocolate chips
  9. 1 c. m and ms
  1. Mix in a very large bowl: Eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla. Stir very well.
  2. Add peanut butter and mix well.
  3. Add baking soda and rolled oats and mix very well
  4. Add chocolate chips and m and m's and mix well.
  5. Drop rounded dough balls onto greased cookie sheets.
  6. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Don't let them get too brown!
Adapted from Aunt Pat's recipe
Adapted from Aunt Pat's recipe
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