Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Peanutbutter Cookie Oatmeal

Well, today is Wednesday and that means oatmeal.  I have really simplified breakfast in the past few months.  For a few years, I have been cooking a hot breakfast almost every day of the week.  Although we all enjoyed it, it wasn't good for our weight or for my grocery budget.  It gets expensive when you're going through 36 eggs and 4 pound of butter every 2 weeks!  So, I came up with a more simplified plan.  On Monday's I cook, sometimes French toast, or omelets.  We also love popovers for breakfast.  They are easy and inexpensive to make.  The rest of the week days go like this:


 


Tuesday:  Toast


Wednesday: Oatmeal


Thursday: Yogurt (and granola if we have it)


Friday:  Cold Cereal


 


Today was oatmeal day and I made the most delicious oatmeal that tasted just like a peanut butter cookie.  I'm going to try and give you the recipe, but I did a lot of dumping, so you may have to play with the measurements to get the taste you like.


 


Peanutbutter cookie oatmeal


1 C. old-fashioned oatmeal (I actually use 7-grain cereal)


2 C. skim milk (you can use whatever kind of milk your family enjoys, we're skim people)


1/2 C. white sugar (I know I know...it's bad for me, but in this recipe it gets the taste I want)


1/3 C. peanutbutter


1/2 tsp. vanilla extract


In a med. saucepan, heat milk and oatmeal on med-high heat.  Add sugar and peanutbutter before the oatmeal begins to boil.  Stir continually until it gets to a consistancy you like.  I like it thick so I keep it on the heat and I stir it continually for at least 5 min.  I also like the oats really soft, so going this bit of extra time helps in that process too.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.


 


This was just delicious and tasted just like traditional peanutbutter cookies with oatmeal in them.


 


Enjoy!

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