Saturday, March 24, 2012

Oatmeal Packets


1 cup oatmeal (rolled or quick cooking)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoon powdered milk
cinnamon (optional)
ground flax seed (optional)


Mix in plastic baggy.  Add cinnamon to taste and desired amount of flax seed if using. If using the ground flax seed store in the fridge so it doesn't go rancid.

To make a bowl. 

 Add 1 packet with 1 1/3 -1 1/2 cups boiling water.  Mix.  Let still until water is absorbed.   Eat.

This makes one really big bowl that Phil eats for breakfast so if you aren't into huge bowls of oatmeal just cut the oatmeal in the packet to 1/2 cup and the powdered milk to 1 Tablespoon.  Here is the original recipe and some other flavor ideas too.

Homemade Granola


4 cups rolled oats (not the quick cooking)
1 cup nuts (I use walnuts because they are cheap)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
1/4 cup sunflower, pumpkin or flax seeds
1/2 cup maple syrup (I use breakfast syrup)
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1/2 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 350.  Mix the ingredients together, either in a bowl or on the baking sheet. Bake, tossing once, until crispy and golden, 25-30 minutes.

Optional add dried fruit after the cooking is complete.  Let cool.

I have made this recipe quite a bit.  We eat it with yogurt or alone for a quick snack.  I never remember to add the fruit but it is really good without it too.  Just don't mix the fruit in before you bake it.  I adapted my recipe from here

Pete's Cookies or Teething Biscuits

2 1/2 cups flour (I use part whole wheat)
1/2 cup instant non-fat dry milk powder
1/2 cup wheat germ
11/2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
1/2 cup undiluted, frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed

Combine flour, milk powder, wheat germ, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together.
In another bowl, combine sugar and oil. Beat in the egg and orange juice and gradually add flour mixture to make a stiff dough. Refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Place greased cookie sheet on damp towel to keep from sliding. Place dough on cookie sheet and flatten, rolling out to within 1 inch of the edge. Cut into 2 by 3/4-inch bars; separating the cookies isn't necessary. Bake 15 minutes in preheated 375-degree oven until light brown.

Remove from oven; re-cut on the same lines. Return to oven. Turn off heat and let set until oven is cool.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies that can be frozen and thawed as needed.

I found this recipe here.  There are a bunch more but I liked this one because I didn't have bananas on hand and I have lots of wheat germ and powdered milk.  I make the whole recipe and then put them in the freezer for him to eat for a couple of months.  Pete likes these just as cookies not just for teething, I don't feel as bad about giving him these and really they are pretty good.