Hearty Oatmeal Ideas

From p. 25 of the January/February 2008 Issue
of Simple & Delicious

Caramel Pear Pie Recipe

Caramel Pear Pie Recipe

Whether you need a quick recipe for breakfast or a special treat for dessert, these versatile oatmeal recipes—from cookies to breads to brownies—are sure to please the whole family.

“The caramel drizzle and streusel topping make Caramel Pear Pie almost too pretty to eat,” says Mary Kaehler of Lodi, California. “Knowing this dessert is waiting is great motivation for our children to eat all their vegetables.”

Fudgy Oat Brownies have a rich crunchy oat crust and a smooth homemade chocolate frosting. “A packaged brownie mix makes the recipe so simple to prepare,” says Diana Otterson of Canandaigua, New York. “You can make it even easier by using canned frosting.”

Skim milk turns Cherry Almond Granola into a healthy breakfast cereal, while a dollop of low-fat yogurt makes it a delicious dessert. “Try adding a little baking cocoa to the brown sugar for a flavor twist,” shares Deborah Purdue of Freeland, Michigan.

In El Dorado, Arkansas, Dorothy Smith uses one Versatile Oat Mix in three tasty ways. For breakfast, savor a stack of pleasant pancakes or spread warm muffins with butter, honey or jam. For dessert, a golden fruit crisp offers old-fashioned flavor with the ease of canned pie filling.

Wonderful blueberry flavor abounds in these thick and moist Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes from Amy Spainhoward of Bowling Green, Kentucky. “My kids love them, and the pancakes are very nutritious, easy and inexpensive!”

“This Molasses Oat Bread recipe has been passed down through my family from my Swedish great-grandmother,” shares Patricia Finch Kelly of Rindge, New Hampshire. “The slightly sweet bread receives high praise, even from my children, who are picky eaters.”

These colossal Giant Cherry Oatmeal Cookies taste best when golden around the edges and moist and chewy in the center. “With a glass of milk, they're polished off in no time by my grandchildren,” adds Irene McDade of Cumberland, Rhode Island.