In my everlasting quest to increase nutrition and protein, avoid cold cereal breakfasts yet still make mornings easy I found this delicious recipe, by Leslie Sasuage. (I don’t know her, not sure where I found her recipe but hey, thanks! It’s been a blessing!) Now, you can make the batter overnight and slide it into the oven in the morning, but you need to be coherent enough to run an oven 45 minutes before your babes are starving. This is a rare condition for me, so I bake it the day before and store in the fridge, heating slices in the microwave as needed. If you do not have 3 boys in pre-adolescent growth patterns, you can get 3-4 days from one 9 x 13 pan. We can get 2 days if we serve lots of fruit alongside.
It slices quite thick and hearty, more like a dense cake. If you have a child who hates the mushy texture of regular oatmeal they might enjoy this instead…no guarantees. I have one of those finicky children, and am aware that you just never know with some kids. But you can copy me and build anticipation by singing out “Wow! You get to have breakfast cake!? Don’t enjoy it too much, it’s a really, really special treat!” and pretend to think long and hard about your answer before allowing second helpings.
6 c. quick cooking oatmeal (I use old-fashioned, it works fine)
1 c. sugar (I’ve replaced with splenda with no problems)
1 c. packed brown sugar ( don’t substitute-you really need that caramel flavor)
2 t. salt
1 t. baking powder
2 c. milk
1 c. veg oil
4 slightly beaten eggs
Mix wet ingredients, add dry. Pour into greased (I use nonstick spray) 9 x 13 size pan. 350 for 35-45 minutes or until set. Serve with additional milk, if desired.
This is the original recipe but I add stuff, of course. I have some kind of disorder (send money) where I can’t leave any recipes alone, no matter how good they are in the first place. For this one I always add vanilla and cinnamon (because oatmeal is bland and everyone knows that oatmeal NEEDS vanilla and cinnamon, except apparently, Leslie Sasuage, bless her heart.) I covertly stir in about 1/4 cup of ground flax meal because I just like to sneak that into everything. I found out the hard way you can’t sneak in toasted wheat germ though, the little bloodhounds totally noticed that addition.
2 of my 3 rugrats like it warm in a bowl, with cream and maple syrup poured over it. The little rebel likes it plain. on a plate. with milk in a glass. so he can take a bite then add his milk manually. via a bendy straw. preferably blue.
oh man. I am whipped, aren’t I?