Fancy Oatmeal Cakes: Best Use for Leftover Oatmeal

a healthy breakfast: oatmeal with bananas and strawberries

a healthy breakfast: oatmeal with bananas and strawberries

Do you ever make a big batch of oatmeal and then end up with leftovers? I know that I always seem to overestimate how much oatmeal everyone is going to eat on Saturday morning. Then I end up with a container of congealed, leftover oatmeal. What you do with this thick mass of oatmeal? Turn it into fancy oatmeal cakes, of course. This recipe is so easy that it’s not even really a recipe.

Step One. Start heating up your trusty cast iron pan and take out your container of cold oatmeal.

Step Two. Mix in a little dry pancake mix (or flour) and one or two eggs, depending on how much leftover oatmeal you have. My leftover oatmeal is usually pre-sweetened and full of fruit. If your oatmeal is plain, you can add some sweetener and dried or fresh fruit. Maybe a little cinnamon too. Stir it up with a fork. If the mixture seems too thick and gloopy to work with, add a little milk.

Step Three. Melt some butter or coconut oil in the hot pan. Drop spoonfuls of the oatmeal mix into the pan. Fry over medium low heat until nice and brown. Then flip the cakes and brown the other side.

oatmeal cakes cooking in butter

oatmeal cakes cooking in butter

beautifully browned oatmeal cakes

beautifully browned oatmeal cakes

Step Four. Add some fancy toppings and serve up the oatmeal cakes. I love these with some plain yogurt, berries, and maple syrup. The kids insist on a little whipped cream as well. This breakfast is so good that I often think I should cook up a batch of oatmeal just so I can let it cool and turn it into these delicious little cakes.

oatmeal cakes with yogurt, berries and maple syrup

oatmeal cakes with yogurt, berries and maple syrup

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