Leftover Oatmeal? Try this!

Muffins like to be surrounded by their friends : butter and hot cocoa.

Muffins like to be surrounded by their friends known as Butter and Hot Cocoa…

Oatmeal is on the breakfast menu every week at our house. Not that there is a menu, per se. There is simply an eat your breakfast situation – similar to that of lunchbox finds and dinner delicacies. You get what you get. You’re welcome.

You’d think I’d learn not to make so much oatmeal, but I was never good at math – so I always end up with more than needed. And I find it hard to sell oatmeal as an after-school snack.

You know what I can sell as an after-school snack? Muffins. Especially right out of the oven. Especially paired with a cup of hot chocolate. Especially on a blustery fall day.

Georgia is a muffin master...

Georgia is a muffin master…

So yesterday I asked our Epi kitchen pros if I could make muffins out of leftover oatmeal. The kitchen team totally loves it when I go to them in the middle of a busy work day and ask them questions like this. They act like they are super duper busy prepping for a huge event, but I know, deep down, that they would be disappointed if they didn’t have the chance to stop everything and discuss oatmeal muffins.

I realize that many of you out there don’t have access to a full kitchen of professional chefs so I am sharing this recipe with you. It’s fast, it’s healthy, and it’s delicious. And it leaves more room in your fridge for the important things. Like vegetables. And Chardonnay. Speaking of, these muffins pair well with Chardonnay.

There's simply no room for oatmeal...

There’s simply no room for oatmeal…

Epicurean’s Play It Again Oatmeal Muffins

Prep time: 10 minutes | Bake time: 25 minutes | Servings: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup milk (I used almond milk)
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter or oil, melted (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal (my leftover oatmeal already included raisins and brown sugar – feel free to add these items or others such as blueberries, chocolate chips, etc. – creativity, like chocolate chips, is encouraged in the Epicurean kitchens!)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Butter or spray or line muffin pans.
  • Combine dry ingredients together in small bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, stir the egg, milk, and butter into the oatmeal.
  • Stir until well blended.
  • Combine the two mixtures and mix well.
  • Spoon each muffin cup 2/3 full of batter.mes out dry when inserted into the center.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

submitted by Stephanie Blackford

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… Speaking of Kids

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Remember when the weekends were about reading the paper and figuring out who had the best deck for happy hour? For parents, weekends include a chaotic cycle of soccer, swimming, spit-up and the dreaded birthday party. Handstand Kids Cookbooks are the PERFECT present for kids of all ages. These adorable cookbook kits are packaged to please – the Italian kit (my fave) comes in a pizza box complete with a pizza cutter, the Chinese with a take-out box and mixing spoon. Previously the cookbooks could only be found on-line until the head honchos at Bed Bath & Beyond stores got a peek and raced to get them on the shelves. Voila – an ideal gift at a do-able price point at a store right in the neighborhood– and they’ll even gift wrap it for you!

Convinced that with a little trial and more than a few errors, all kids can become savvy chefs, Yvette Garfield created The Handstand Kids international cookbook kits. Follow Felix, Izzy, Ari, Gabby and Marvin as they learn about the recipes, culture and language of a new country. This diverse bunch of characters brings the recipes to life. Felix is a vegetarian, Izzy is a picky eater and loves to cook for his diabetic sister, Ari uses her cooking skills to volunteer at kid’s charities, Gabby is bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and Marvin is an aspiring chef. Each cookbook features ingredients and utensils translated in to the country’s primary language, and these translated words are used in the recipes to help kids learn the language as they cook.

For more information, visit handstandkids.com and/or bedbathandbeyond.com

– Ciao

Stephanie Blackford
Marketing Director, Epicurean Culinary Group
sblackford@epicureanCG.com