Oats All Around
Hey there! I hope that you’re doing the Friday dance (which is different from the Potty Dance).
Last night, we had General Tsao Chicken again. Homemade Chinese food is so good and so much healthier than takeout!
I served Michael’s with brown rice and mine without rice and a double helping of veggies.
We also had edamame with sea salt. So good!
Today’s breakfast was a lovely bowl of oatmeal topped with strawberries, banana, and a blob of organic strawberry preserves.
Since I have the day off, my mom and I are meeting up for lunch. I decided to make her a loaf of my Honey Oat Bread…just because I love my momma.
I love making quick bread because as the name implies… it is quick.
Honey Oat Bread
(Adapted slightly from here)
2 tablespoons plus 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, or quick-cooking (not instant) oats, divided
2 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour, or white whole-wheat flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
8 ounces low-fat plain yogurt
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup clover honey, or other mild honey
3/4 cup almond milk
Position rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375°F. Generously coat a 9-by-5-inch (or similar size) loaf pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon oats in the pan. Tip the pan back and forth to coat the sides and bottom with oats.
Thoroughly stir together whole-wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Using a fork, beat the remaining 1 cup oats, yogurt, egg, applesauce and honey in a medium bowl until well blended. Stir in milk. Gently stir the yogurt mixture into the flour mixture just until thoroughly incorporated but not overmixed (excess mixing can cause toughening). Immediately scrape the batter into the pan, spreading evenly to the edges. Sprinkle the remaining 1 tablespoon oats over the top.
Bake the loaf until well browned on top and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 50 minutes. (It’s normal for the top to crack.) Let stand in the pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Run a table knife around and under the loaf to loosen it and turn it out onto the rack. Let cool until barely warm, about 45 minutes.
Now that I have successfully added oats to everything that I have made today (well, except for my coffee, of course), I am off to get ready for some mother/daughter time.
I feel so lucky to live near my family (most of the time). How close do you live to your family members? Do you consider it to be a good or bad thing?