Recipe: Blueberry Oat Cake

Blueberries. Yum!

While the kids were away at the movies with my in-laws on Saturday, I had a few hours to bake…all by myself. 😉 I love having my kids help with cooking and baking, but some days I really love to just make some things without having to stop 100 times.

I whipped up a Blueberry Oat Cake for this morning’s breakfast….and for me to have a yummy snack, while I waited for the kids to return. It was a simple recipe, but it also has 2 cups of blueberries, which makes it extra delicious.

Blueberry Oat Cake

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup oil

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups quick oats

2 cups blueberries

1 cup walnuts (optional)

Powdered Sugar

Beat eggs, buttermilk, brown sugar and oil until mixed well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Add to egg mixture and beat on low (or by hand) for 2 minutes. Fold in oats, blueberries and nuts.

Pour into greased and floured tube/bundt pan. Bake at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until knife/toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in the pan, then turn onto a plate.

After it cools, you can dust on some powdered sugar to make it look pretty. 🙂 You could also make a little lemon glaze or a plain powdered sugar glaze to drizzle over it.



Recipe: Energy Balls


My boys love these snacks any time of the day! First thing in the morning, mid-morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack….all the time. And since they are pretty healthy and easy to make, I don’t mind accommodating their requests for them. These whip up in about 10 minutes and then chill for a bit before storing them together (so they don’t stick), but they can be eaten as soon as they are made into balls.


Energy Balls

2 cups quick oats
1 cup chocolate chips (sometimes we do half peanut butter chips)
1 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/2 cup ground flax
2/3 cup honey (or agave or maple syrup)
2 tsp vanilla

Mix well and roll into balls. Place on cookie sheet in fridge or freezer for a bit to firm them up (not a necessity but helps keep them from sticking to each other) then store in container in fridge.

We most often eat these for breakfast and have yogurt or fruit with it. I tend to grab one or two when we are headed out the door because they are an easy snack for me!


Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Squares


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In case you have not noticed, I really like chocolate things. And peanut buttery things. And oatmeal.

I feel like every other recipe on here is a dessert with one or more of those items. 🙂

And here’s another!

I found this recipe over at Cookies & Cups (wonderfully delicious site!), and I have made it several times. It is very similar to a recipe my mom makes – same ingredients, just arranged a little differently. Regardless, it incorporates peanut butter, chocolate and oats…so of course it is yummy!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oat Squares

1/2 cup butter, room temp

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (I have been tempted to try it with chunky but I haven’t yet)

1 egg

2 tsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1 cup chocolate chips (or more, if you tend not to measure chocolate into a recipe like me)


1/4 cup peanut butter

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/4 cup milk

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9×13 baking pan with foil and grease (I actually forgot to grease it this week, and they still turned out delicious.).
  2.  Cream butter, sugars, and PB together til creamy (hand mixer, stand mixer, by hand with whisk…whatever gets the job done).
  3. Add in egg and vanilla and beat until pale in color. Add in salt and baking soda and mix well.
  4. Add in flour and oats, mix well.
  5. Press dough into pan. Sprinkle with chocolate chips and press lightly into the dough.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes until edges are golden (top may not be, but take it out when edges are golden or it will be hard around the edges).
  7. Whisk glaze ingredients together and pour over warm, baked dough. Spread glaze evenly and let cool completely, with glaze set, before cutting.

I whipped these up while making pizzas the other night. Two giant pizzas and a pan of these in the oven make for some odd smells in the kitchen. BUT, everything came out delicious…and that is really all that counts!

Happy baking!!