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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Homemade Food Made Ahead

Does that make sense? The thought I'm trying to convey here is making up food ahead of time for those times when you need something quick to grab. When I got my car, I was running a lot more than usual and eating out a lot more. So not worth my budget or my health. Here are a couple things I have made in the past few days to get ahead of the game. Both are SO yummy!

(picture borrowed)

Baked Oatmeal - I got this recipe from my friend Jennifer. You bake it, eat a single portion and refrigerate the rest. I like it leftover cold or warm. It's especially good warm with vanilla yogurt on the top. Oh and this oatmeal is not your usual baked oatmeal. It's more like a very moist cake. Very flavorful unlike most of them. This can be eaten by itself and enjoyed immensely.
6 cups oats
4 t baking powder
1-2 t cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups buttermilk, rice milk, soy milk, etc..
4 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 cup honey
1 t. vanilla
3 cups fresh fruit or frozen
1 cup nuts

1. Mix all and spread into 9x13.
2. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour till set and knife comes out clean.

Trail Mix Snack Bars - I made these up yesterday by meshing a few recipes together. They turned out so good!
1/4 heaping cup each of peanut butter and honey
1/4 cup rapadura, sucunat or demera (I used rapadura - whole cane sugar)
1 cup oats
1/2 cup raw nuts and seeds - we used slivered almonds
2/3 cup dried fruit - we used cranberries and raisins
1/3 cup coconut - we used very finely grated unsweetened
1 cup puff rice cereal (not rice krispies)
sea salt - pinch
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Combine honey, peanut butter, rapadura, and salt in a pan and heat over medium low heat till bubbly. Keep stirring and let it cook like this till everything is melted for about 4-5 minutes. The rapadura may not completely dissolve.
2. While the above is cooking, in bowl combine oats, nuts/seeds, dried fruit, coconut, and puff rice cereal. Stir to combine.
3. When peanut butter mixture is done, add in vanilla extract and stir well.
4. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the dry mixture and mix well. I got in with my hands a bit into the mixing process.
5. Put about 1/2 cup portions into a muffin tin and pack it down well. Refrigerate till set - about 1/2 hour or so.

1 comment:

Jamie said...

Oooh, these look devine. Thanks for the recipes!