I have two words for you. Dorm. Room. This is totally a recipe I'd like to send to my dear cousins off at college as soon as it gets cool enough that these wonderful items don't melt or fall apart before they get there. And if you're lucky enough to have a fridge in your room (we did, even in high school), you can totally make this recipe in your dorm room and be a hit on your hall.
Plain organic yogurt. (Stonyfield is our favorite.) Homemade baked apricots with cinnamon. Warm oatmeal. What adult wouldn't eat this, let alone a baby? And that's the point. I want Nora to cultivate the same tastes now that she might eat when she gets older. I love the idea that you can add seasonings to your child's food. That's where the cinnamon comes in. It adds great spice without extra sugar. It's good for digestion. And as I add seasonings, she learns flavor doesn't have to come from just salt.
I have been craving these since the first time I made them. The original recipe came from Allrecipes.com for Louisiana Sweet Potato Pancakes. Now I have to tell you, I was raised in Louisiana, and I did not have the opportunity to try such a fabulous item. But I'm so glad I've found them now!
I was running dangerously low on cereal. I went to Publix and came across the Quaker Oats Squares on BOGO (buy one, get one free) with $1 coupons beside the boxes. (At my Publix, you can use a coupon on the purchased product and on the free one.) Although it was more than I would like to pay normally $1.25 for a box of cereal seemed like a good deal since I was about to be desperate for cold cereal and could review it for EatLikeaRabbit.
I love to take photographing opportunities to highlight special gifts we have received. I found this olive wood tray that Paul's folks brought us from Greece to be a perfect way to display the cookies. . .although as good as the cookies are, the tray would constantly need to be replenished.
OATMEAL COCONUT CRISPIES #1
2 C quick oats
¾ C brown sugar
½ t. salt
¾ C coconut
½ C chocolate chips
½ C chopped nuts (generally almonds)
½ C oil
½ t. vanilla
1 or 2 eggs, beaten
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Make a well in the middle of the mixture. Stir oil and flavorings together and pour into the well. Add egg whites and mix until dry ingredients are moist. Using two soup spoons, form ball of cookie dough in bowl and place onto oiled cookie sheet and pack tightly to shape cookie. Bake in a 350 degree oven 12-15 minutes. The number of eggs depends upon amount of added ingredients, such as raisins, nuts, chips, etc. I usually make a triple batch as these cookies are habit forming.
OATMEAL COCONUT CRISPIES #2
6 C quick oats
1 ½ C brown sugar
1 ½ t. salt
2 ¼ C coconut
1 ½ C chopped nuts (generally almonds)
1 ½ C chocolate chips (opt)
1 ½ C Smart Balance oil
1 T vanilla
2 t. almond flavor
5 egg whites
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Make a well in the middle of the mixture. Stir oil and flavorings together and pour into the well. Add egg whites and mix until dry ingredients are moist. Using two soup spoons, form ball of cookie dough in bowl, place onto un-oiled cookie sheet, flatten and pack around edges to shape cookie. Bake in a 350 degree oven 12-15 minutes. Cool cookies in pan for 5 minutes before moving to a wire rack. Push cookies back together if they break apart when taking them from the cookie sheet. They usually set okay. Variations: Try using other foods you might find in granola. Raisins tend to burn. Yield: about 50 medium cookies.
Sift together flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Set aside. Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Continue beating adding milk and oil. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Fold in beaten egg whites. Pour 1 cup batter on preheated grid. Close unit and bake until light goes out (about 5 minutes). Makes 8 large waffles.
Possibly, this idea came from allrecipes.com. I won't take the credit for it, but I do recommend it. I'm not generally a fan of oatmeal cookies, but with the additional ingredients, I will eat them with no additional encouragement.