Posted on June 6, 2013
In our house, oatmeal is on the menu most mornings. We have oatmeal and toast Monday thru Friday, I like that it is very nutritious and inexpensive, it’s a great menu option for our large family. On the weekends though, I will make something different to add variety.
When the older kids were younger, they would need to eat whatever I fixed, but now that they can cook themselves, I let them fix an egg if they don’t want oatmeal, and they do the dishes, so I don’t worry about the extra mess either.
So, the amount of oatmeal we eat each day can vary, and on the days when we have leftovers I feel bad throwing it out. Recently I set out to find ways I could use the leftovers instead of tossing it in the garbage. I found some edible as well as inedible ways to use the oatmeal.
With my leftovers this week I made these yummy oatmeal chocolate chip muffins. The kids said they tasted just like an oatmeal cake I make, which probably means they are more dessert than breakfast, but since they have “muffin” in their name it must be breakfast food right?
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins:
2 cups cooked oatmeal
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup milk
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a bowl, add the next 5 ingredients and stir till combined. Fold in the chocolate chips. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full with batter. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Makes 24 muffins, but the recipe can easily be halved to make a dozen.
Do you have other ways you use leftover oatmeal? I’d love for you to share them in the comments!