Monday, September 9, 2013

3-Way Oatmeal Baking Mix

Today’s post is part of Commentathon hosted by Blogelina where each of us have pledged to visit all the other posters in the group and leave a comment.  We are hoping for 50 comments each.  Tanya said to do a epic post.  I am not sure that I can do epic, so I am sharing what I started this blog to share:  quick and easy comfort recipes to make cooking easier.  3-Way Oatmeal Baking Mix does just that.

The mix makes oatmeal cookies, muffins and pancakes, hence the name 3-Way.  Of course, the mix can be used to just make cookies if one prefers.

All the individual recipes are basic so they can be varied with additions such as raisins, chopped dates, dried fruits, different kinds of nuts and candy chips.  I used dried cranberries in the muffins and butterscotch chips and toasted, chopped walnuts in the cookies in the photos.

Although you can use all old-fashion or quick oats in the mix, I prefer to use half of each.  I also prefer to toast the oats which helps give the mix a nutty flavor.  To toast the oats, spread two baking pans with 2 cups oats each.  Place in a 350 degree oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes, stirring after every 5 minutes, until the oats are a light golden brown.  Let cool.

If you wish to omit the dry milk powder, use milk in the individual recipes instead of water.

I have been making this mix for years.  The original recipe came from an article in our local newspaper printed in March 1988.  Yes, I really do keep old recipes.


3-Way Oatmeal Baking Mix
4 c. uncooked rolled oats, old-fashioned or quick cooking, toasted if desired
3 c. whole wheat flour
1 c. unbleached or regular flour
1 c. nonfat dry milk powder
3 T. baking powder
1 1/2 t. salt
1 lb. butter or margarine, softened (I use butter)

If you have a large Kitchenaid type mixer, this can be mixed completely with the mixer.  If you have a smaller mixer, it may be started in the mixer, but will probably need to be finished by hand.  Combine oats, flours, dry milk powder, baking powder and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Put butter in a large bowl of a electric mixer.  Beat butter until creamy.  With mixer on low speed, gradually add as much of the dry ingredients as possible.  If you can add all of the dry ingredients, continue mixing until fine, even crumbs are formed.  If you cannot add all the dry ingredients, finish with a pastry blender or rub mix between your fingers.  Store mix tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to six weeks.  Makes about 10 cups mix.  Use to make Oatmeal Muffins, Oatmeal Pancakes, and Oatmeal Cookies.

Oatmeal Muffins
1 egg
2/3 c. water
1/2 t. vanilla
1/4 c. sugar, regular or brown
2 1/4 c. 3-Way Oatmeal Baking Mix
1/2 c. raisins or other chopped, dried fruit
1/2 c. chopped, toasted nuts (optional)

In a mixing bowl, lightly beat egg with the water and vanilla.  Add sugar  and Mix, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Stir in raisins or other fruit and nuts if using.  Spoon into 12 medium muffin cups.  Bake at 425 degrees until golden brown.  Makes 12 muffins.  Note:  these muffins do not rise very high, if you want higher muffins, fill only six muffin cups or double the recipe.)

Oatmeal Pancakes
2 eggs
1 c. water
1 T. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. 3-Way Oatmeal Baking Mix

Beat eggs with water until well blended.  Stir in brown sugar and Mix, beating until fairly smooth.  Let batter stand 5 to 10-minutes to allow it to thicken.  Spoon batter onto a heated, lightly greased griddle or skillet making 3-inch pancakes.  Cook until all bubbly on top, turn and brown on second side.  Remove and keep warm.  Continue until all batter has been used.  Makes 8 to 12 three-inch pancakes.  Note:  For lighter pancakes, separate eggs, mixing egg yolks with the water.  Beat egg whites until moist peaks form and gently fold into pancake batter after 3-Way Baking Mix has been added.

Oatmeal Cookies
1/4 c. butter or margarine, softened
3/4 c. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon or other spice of choice (optional)
1/3 c. water
3 c. 3-Way Oatmeal Baking Mix
1 c. raisins, chopped dates or other dried fruit, candy chips (optional)
1/2 c. chopped, toasted nuts (optional)

In a mixing bowl, beat butter or margarine with brown sugar.  Beat in egg, vanilla and cinnamon, if using.  Add water and beat well.  Stir in Mix until well blended.  Add in raisins, dates, dried fruit or chips and nuts, if using.  Drop by rounded teaspoonsful 2-inches apart onto a well-greased baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, about 12 to 14minutes.  Remove cookies to a wire rack,  Cool and store in covered container.  Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.

Do you make homemade mixes?  If so, what is your favorite mix to make.  If not, who not?

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44 comments:

  1. Sure wish you had a Pinterest button! Thanks for the recipe.

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  2. Sounds good...and I love things that can be used for more than one recipe. I like to make my own bisquick, but other than that, I haven't made any other mixes. Seems like it would be super handy to have on hand though.

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  3. This is awesome I eat so much oatmeal while nursing.

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  4. Recipes are always a good share. This mix seems so versatile. I love the pic of the vegetables. We are making major lifestyle changes around here. Making friends with a lot of new veggies these days!

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  5. Yummmmm! I love oatmeal and these are creative ways to use the recipe. I know my daughters get bored eating regular oatmeal and I think they would enjoy these.

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  6. I never heard of a mix like this nut it sounds quite simple and delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. My apologies, It was supposed to say but it sounds delicious :)

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  8. Those oatmeal muffins sounds fantastic and healthy! That mix just makes everything so simple - what a great recipe to share! I've never heard of anything like this :)
    xo ~kim & chloe

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  9. i have never heard of this type of mix. What a keeper, no wonder you held on to it after all of these years!

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  10. A great mix, my daughter would love this! I'm not much of a baker, but she is and this mix is very convenient.
    Jae Mac @ I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

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  11. I love this mix and recipes! Ready to go and so versatile...oatmeal pancakes this weekend....

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  12. Hey, if a recipe saves time, I think that qualifies for epic! I am going to pin this post and make this mix. I love the idea of toasting the oatmeal- making me crave sweets! :)
    xoxo Kelli

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  13. What a great idea! I LOVE oatmeal cookies, so this sounds like something I need have on hand at all times! ;)

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  14. I love cooking with oatmeal. It has such a wonderful soft chewy quality that is so comforting! I love that you gave 3 different ways to use the same mix. And sometimes the old recipes are the good ones! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

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  15. I love three-way recipes AND oatmeal -- it's so good for you! One of my kids is bigtime into muffins and I'm always looking for delicious but healthy-ish muffins to pack in his lunch. Thanks for sharing this!

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  16. What a great time-saver! Perfect recipes for these up-and-coming Fall days. I'm with you ... the oldies are the goodies!
    Thanks for sharing all the ways the mix can be used.
    Hugs & Blessings ...
    Lani
    Simply Fresh Vintage

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  17. Wow that is so cool to have a mix that you can use 3 ways! And it looks healthy too!

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  18. I don't make homemade mixes, but I am going to have to try this one. Those pancakes made my stomach growl.

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  19. Oatmeal cookies are one of my favorite cookies of all time. I need to make them for my kids so that they will like them too someday and not the ones from the store, some real oatmeal cookies. I have never made a home made mix for anything. I want to try to make pancake mix someday.

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  20. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I think its great that you did a post that is in line with your blog's purpose! It's epic. And I know making this mix will be epic, too!!

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  21. Looks yummy, thanks for sharing. I will definitely be trying this recipe sooner rather than later :-)

    Leyla
    www.motherhooddiaries.com

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  22. I'm all for making our own starter mixes - save money and much more healthy. Thanks for sharing! We all need to get back to basics.

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  23. What a neat mix! I'm definitely going to try this. I love that it's so versatile. (Pinning it, too.)
    --Gena

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  24. Oh I've wanted to make Oatmeal pancakes for the longest now I have a recipe! Thanks for sharing and now my hubby saw the pictures and wants oatmeal cookies.

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  25. I love simplicity and mixes! What a great idea. THANKS for sharing!!

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  26. Oh wow, what a great idea! I love that you can use this mix for making more than one thing. I'm definitely going to have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  27. I love making homemade stuff with all natural ingredients and a versatile baking mix like this is great! Providing all the recipes for what you can make with it was very helpful, too. I am definitely going to try this out. Thanks!

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  28. This is an epic post in my mind. I love oatmeal! These all look delcious and I love baking with oatmeal. I will give these all a try

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  29. We have so much oatmeal from here--we are always buying it in bulk. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I hope I'm blogging whenI'm 70!! you're an inspiration!!!

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  30. Wow! I am definitely going to try this in the near future. I like that the mix lasts so long, too. Looks delicious!

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  31. These sound delicious and not too difficult that even a kitchen novice like me could bake them! I will have to share these on pinterest! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  32. Love that the mix can be used for 3 different recipes. My family would love the oatmeal cookies.

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  33. What a great all around mix. Great to have some handy for last minute baking ideas!

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  34. I love oatmeal and I guess it's time to explore.. I would like to try making my own oatmeal mix :) Thanks for sharing this! I will try preparing your recipe and see if I can add a twist for it :D

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  35. I love that you still keep old recipes. My mom has an ancient Fanny Farmer cookbook and inside of it, she has at least a hundred clipped recipes from the newspaper in it. :)

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  36. That is Epic enough for me!! I will be bookmarking this recipe! Thank You!!!

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  37. How awesome that it can be used for so many things! Pinning this (:

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  38. This is a great idea. Love the multiple uses.

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  39. Those pancakes look so yummy! I always love trying new oatmeal recipes. Thank you! I'm pinning to my yummy creations board!

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  40. I love these kinds of recipes where you can make multiple items with one mix. I use to have a cookbook with these when I was first married. Great idea and they look great!

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  41. This mix looks very versatile. I am going to give it a try but adapt it to be gluten free. Thank you for sharing!

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  42. Mmmm oatmeal pancakes sound really good. Thanks for sharing this! Also I keep old recipes too, some are from magazines from before I was married and I've never taken the time to transfer them to recipe cards.

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  43. Sounds and looks so good! Can't wait to try it with my kids!

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  44. Very interesting!have never heard of this. I am willing to try it sometime..Thanks!

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