Convenience Mix #4: Rolled Oats Convenience Mix

Part of the Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes Series

Originally prepared by Nellie Hedstrom, Extension Nutrition Specialist
Revised and updated by Statewide Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator Kate Yerxa

Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes provides recipes for master convenience mixes that you can make and keep on hand. These mixes are healthier and less expensive than the packaged convenience mixes you buy in the store, and allow you to control the amount of fat, sodium, sugar, and additives in your foods without sacrificing the convenience of a mix. There are 15 master convenience mixes, each with recipes you can make from the mix.

A complete index of convenience mix recipes can be found on the Bulletin #4029, Saving Money With Homemade Convenience Mixes page.

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Index to Recipes


Rolled Oats Convenience Mix

Rolled Oats Convenience Mix Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)Makes 10 cups

4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups quick-cooking oats (not instant)
1/4 cup baking powder
1 1/2 cups nonfat dry milk
3/4 cup margarine

Put all ingredients except margarine in a large bowl and stir until very well mixed. Cut in margarine with a fork or pastry cutter until well blended. Cover and refrigerate; will keep 1 month.

NOTE: Store in airtight glass jars or canisters. To measure, spoon into the cup, pack lightly, and level off.


Oat Muffins

Oat Muffins Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)2 1/4 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
2 Tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup water
1 egg, beaten

Put all ingredients in a bowl and stir until just moist. Spoon into 12 greased 2 1/2-inch muffin cups and bake at 425°F about 20 minutes.


Oat Pancakes

Oat Pancakes Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)Makes about 16 3-inch pancakes

1 1/2 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1 cup of water
1 egg

Stir all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon until blended. Cook on a hot griddle or in a skillet until browned on both sides and done. Top with fresh berries or syrup.


Date-Nut Oat Bread

Date Nut Oat Bread Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)8 ounces pitted dates
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1 cup chopped walnuts

Chop dates and put in a bowl. Cover with the boiling water and mix well. Stir in sugar, let stand until lukewarm, then add remaining ingredients and mix well. Put in greased, 9- x 5- x 3-inch loaf pan and bake at 350°F for 1 hour, or until done. Remove from pan and cool before slicing.


Coconut Dreams

Coconut Dreams Food Nutrition Facts LabelMakes 24

2 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
2 tablespoons milk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup sugar

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes.


Coconut Dreams Variation

Nut Dreams: in place of coconut, use 1/2 cup nuts.


Cranberry Fruit Bar

Cranberry Fruit Bar Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)Makes 20

2 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 1/3 cups thick, sweetened cranberry sauce (canned or homemade)

Mix Convenience Mix, sugar, and water. Grease bottom of 9- x 13-inch pan. Spread half of the rolled oat mixture over bottom of pan and press. Spread cranberry sauce over the mix. Sprinkle rest of mix evenly over the fruit and press down lightly. Bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.


Cranberry Fruit Bar Variation

Fruit Bars: any dried, cooked, sweetened fruit may be used in place of the cranberry sauce if it’s not runny. Try dates or peach conserves.


Hermits

Hermits Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)3 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
3/4 cup mixture of chopped nuts, raisins, and dates

Combine all dry ingredients. Beat egg and milk in a separate bowl. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture, and stir until all ingredients are well blended. Mix in nuts or fruit. Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes about 2 dozen cookies.


Applesauce Cookies

Applesauce Cookies Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)Makes about 2 dozen cookies

3 1/3 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 egg
2/3 cup applesauce
1/2 cup raisins

Combine all dry ingredients. Beat egg in a separate bowl and add applesauce. Add liquid mixture to dry mixture, and stir until all ingredients are well blended. Drop by teaspoons onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.


Oat-Raisin Cookies

Makes about 2 dozen

Oat Raisin Cookies Food Nutrition Facts Label (click to view)2 1/2 cups Rolled Oats Convenience Mix
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup water
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix all ingredients and drop from teaspoon onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375°F for 12 to 15 minutes.


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