It’s one of those super frugal breakfast meals that busy moms love to rely on. Quick, rolled, or steel cut- they’re all fair game in our home. I love to make a big pot of creamy oats, and sweeten it with brown sugar and cinnamon, or maple syrup, or homemade jam, or add bits of fruit and maybe some nuts.
I make oatmeal about twice a week, but I can never seem to get the proportions right. No matter how much I make, either I didn’t make enough or I make way too much. Some days my kids want three helpings, and some days they don’t want any. Are your kids like that, too?
Sometimes we’ll just reheat the leftovers the next morning or maybe have them for a snack, but usually there isn’t enough for all of the kids to split. It works out better to use the leftover oatmeal in an entirely different recipe. I’m all about stretching leftovers to get the most out of them!
Here are a few recipes to inspire you to save that little bit of oatmeal leftover in the bottom of the pot to make something new and tasty…
Leftover Oatmeal Muffins
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/3 c. milk
1/4 c. oil
1/2 c. leftover cooked cereal (could be oatmeal or any hot cereal)
Visit Cooks.com for directions.
Easy Cinnamon Coffee Cake Muffins
Erin over at The Humbled Homemaker shares another delicious muffin recipe for using up those last two cups of leftover oatmeal!
- • ½ cup butter
- • 1 1/4 cup sugar
- • 1 T molasses (optional)
- • 2 eggs
- • 1 teaspoon vanilla
- • 2 cups cooked oatmeal (cooled)
- • 1 ½ cups flour
- • 1 teaspoon baking soda
- • 1 teaspoon baking powder
- • ½ teaspoon salt
- • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Visit The Humbled Homemaker for directions (and yummy photos!).
Leftover Oatmeal Cookies
2 c. sifted flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. shortening (or coconut oil)
1 1/2 c. cooked oatmeal
Makes 4 dozen. Visit Cooks.com for directions.
Spread leftover oatmeal into a square or rectangular container and freeze until firm enough to cut.
Cut into slices about 1/4 inch thick. Lightly coat with flour, or crushed graham cracker crumbs. Heat about 2 tsp. coconut oil in pan on med-low heat. Place slices in the heated pan, and lightly brown on each side, allowing it to warm all the way through.
Top with maple syrup, powdered sugar, brown sugar, nuts, or whatever you like!
Leftover Oatmeal Bread
I’m gonna link to this one so you can see the full recipe on the blog. Turn leftover oatmeal into a fresh loaf of homemade bread. Feel free to substitute any leftover cooked cereal grains in this recipe!
Strawberry Leftover Oatmeal Smoothie
- 12 ounces, weight frozen strawberries
- 1 cup cooked old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 ounces water
Visit shewearsmanyhats.com for full recipe.
Leftover Oatmeal Pancakes
- 1 cup cooked oatmeal (1/2 cup dry rolled oats cooked in 1 cup water)
- 1 large egg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, soft
- 2 tablespoons warm maple syrup
Visit healthyrecipesblogs.com for full recipe.
Leftover Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups leftover oatmeal
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup extras (raisins, chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)
Visit sherigraham.com for the full recipe.
Leftover Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls
- 2 Tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature
- 3 Tablespoons raw honey
- ½ cup leftover oatmeal
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ⅔ cup quick oats *
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour
- 4 oz chocolate (dark or milk chocolate work)
- ½ teaspoon coconut oil (optional)
Visit pragmatickitchen.com for the full recipe.
Old Fashioned (Leftover) Oatmeal Cake
- 1¼ cups water*
- 1 cup rolled oats*
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1½ cups all purpose flour
*Instead of cooking oats to make this recipe, use 2 scant cups of leftover oatmeal! Visit cookiesandcups.com for the full recipe (and lots of great photos!).