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The Great Oat Cake Experiment.

WOW!

Have I been gone a long time or what? It’s been insane finishing up my masters, trying to spend time with people, stay in shape, eat all the food in my cupboard, etc. Blogging fell by the wayside, but reading other blogs definitely provided wonderful study breaks.

Speaking of study breaks and cleaning out the cupboard… I found myself staring at an enormous jug of Quaker Oats. I remembered a little thing called “Oat Cakes” I wanted to try baking, I found this recipe, some friends, and tried my hand at them!

Let me present to you:

The Great Oat Cake Experiment!

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We made two batches… each batch required 3 c ground oats. Yes, I had OVER 6 cups of oatmeal lying around.

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This is chaos that ensued from the wet ingredients: honey, greek yogurt, sugar, and vanilla.

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The figs and apricots for the first batch- we chopped them up as finely as possible.

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Then we added the fruit to the wet ingredients (this is batch 2- cranberry!) with egg whites.

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Add some flour to the ground oats, add the wet ingredients, and mush like heck!

Shape them into hockey pucks, throw ’em in the oven, and hope they turn out.

The First Batch

Apricot-Fig (followed recipe to a ‘T’ except more than 1/2 c. fruit)

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Verdict: Looked sub-par, tasted DELICIOUS

Second Batch (Alterations: Added more yogurt and an additional egg white and more than 1/2 c fruit. Ran out of honey, so used up what we could and splashed in some extra sugar)

Cranberry

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Verdict: Absolutely delicious!!!! We loved the cranberry taste in almost every bite.

Close up:

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Delicious. Remember: eat with your hands- it’s the Cali way 🙂 These keep you full forever!

Adaptions I want to try:

  • Using Whole-Wheat Flour
  • Adding Apple Sauce
  • Using Peanut Butter (duh!)

All in all this experiment was a huge success. We made 24 and I ended up only getting to eat one! All of our friends clamored from them and adored them. My skeptical boyfriend tried one and is now begging me to make more!

Here is the recipe, reposted from here:

Ingredients

  • 3 c Rolled oats
  • 2 c Flour
  • 1/4 ts Baking powder
  • 1/3 c Plain fat-free yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
  • 1/2 c Crystalline fructose (I used sugar)
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1/2 ts Vanilla
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/2 c Dried fruit (I always did much more than this!)

Instructions

Thoroughly grind rolled oats in food processor or blender.

Mix with flour and baking powder.

Chop dried fruit into small pieces.

In a separate bowl, “cream” together yogurt, fructose, honey, and vanilla.

In yet another bowl, lightly beat egg white until it gets bubbly but not stiff.

Fold egg white into the wet ingredients. Add dried fruit.

Combine wet and dry ingredients. The dough gets pretty stiff and is hard to mix. You may even have to knead it with your hands like bread dough!

Form into 12 patties (We usually only got 10-11)

Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes on non-stick cookie sheet. Cool completely and store in refrigerator. These keep well and may be frozen.

Per patty: 250 calories, 1.5 g fat. (Allegedly)

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Let me know if you all try them!

In other news, I tried fresh juice this past weekend and am in love. I can’t wait until August when I can buy a juicer! Speaking of, Angela is hosting an Amazing Grass Giveaway that I would be SO PSYCHED to win!! *Fingers crossed*

Take care you all!

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