Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bakes

This is one of my favorite cookies, EVER.  So when DCD came out with their Whole Grain Chocolate Oatmeal, it's the first thing I thought of doing with it. No doubt you've had them in your life time.  This recipe is without peanut butter, which in the past, would have been a  sin in my book, but I seem to have a little issue with peanut butter these days so it's out.  You could most likely tweak your recipe with peanut butter to work, but these are so yummy and chocolatey, I don't think you'll want to!

I like my no bakes a little more fudgy than solid, but my first batch (pictured) was good.  The second was more to my liking so you decide which preparation works best for you - the fudgy version (uses more evaporated milk) will need to go to the fridge and stay there to be a little easier to handle.  And, please be sure you're getting "Quick Cooking Oats" for the plain oatmeal in the recipe....not rolled oats.  The texture is totally different and it makes a difference.  Enjoy!!

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bakes
2 cups packed light brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. canned evaporated milk (2/3 cup)
1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. quick cooking oats, uncooked
1 1/2 c. DCD Whole Grain Chocolate Oatmeal

Combine first 4 ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Once boiling, cook an additional 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and oats.  Then quickly drop onto wax-paper-lined sheets.  Let stand until firm (for 2/3 c. evaporated milk version - put in fridge to firm up).  Store tightly covered.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Oh Mercy Oat Waffles

These waffles are so dense yummy and healthy and yet, I've never shared them with you.  What?!  I thought I had until I went looking for the recipe and realized that I had only shared it with a group that was created back when I was married...and before the red head.  A very long time ago, to be sure.

I don't even have a picture of the recipe...but I found this cute picture of me dressed up as a Prom Queen because, well, pictures are more fun than plain text. There was a King with me, but since that ship has sailed, he's been edited out...or at least camouflaged as cookie monster or something....no disrespect meant to the former Mister ~ my photo editing skills are by no means high level, but I was able to pull this off...

At any rate, these waffles ROCK. The only downside is they each take about 10 minutes to bake in the iron.  The red head loves them, though and it's a great way to sneak healthy food in.  I really need to make a batch again soon...if for no other reason than to swap out that picture with one of the waffles!  I hope you enjoy them!

Oh Mercy Oat Waffles
(adapted from a recipe by Chet Day found on www.foodyoucaneat.com)

*very tasty* If using food processor, begin chopping other 
ingredients before adding water to prevent overflow!

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 tsp salt 
3 cups cold water 
1 1/2 tsp vanilla 
1 tbs honey 
3/4 cup pecans

Blend all ingredients together until almost smooth. Pour onto heated waffle iron which has been buttered. Bake in hot waffle iron for 10 to 11 minutes. Serve with heated maple syrup, honey, nutella, jam, etc.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Meatballs

So, today is National Meatball Day and I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to share with you to celebrate it!  This recipe has been a big hit at my tasting parties and I think you'll love it, too...especially since it is so easy.  :)

Dark Chocolate Red Wine Sauced Meatballs
1 package frozen meatballs
1/2 jar Dark Chocolate Red Wine Cooking Sauce

Add ingredients to crock pot and simmer on low for 2-3 hours until cooked through.  Serve over rice or noodles or along-side mashed potato.

Simple, easy, dinner, done.  :)