Remember this tutorial?

I was contacted by the owner of a fabulous company 
(that I will be featuring shortly) 
to make some displays for their products.  

I used the same trusty oatmeal container and stepped 
up the girly-ness with a giant daisy and some ribbon. 
But now I have a huge dilemma.
We don't eat oatmeal, at least not in the traditional breakfast way,
I simply cannot bring myself to throw it away, but there 
are only so many oatmeal raisin cookies that one can bake.

I need some suggestions.
Some creative suggestions.

I have heard you can grind it to make oat flour 
which I could use to make my own bread.
Sounds really yummy.  I just wouldn't know where to start.
I could invite the world over for oatmeal masks...

Please help!!!

I might just have a treat for the most creative or useful solution.


  1. Bah - your post made me laugh out loud!! You could make granola with it - I've seen some yummy-looking recipes out there.

    I'm one of those weird people who eat oatmeal for breakfast almost every morning. But I'm even weirder, because I just eat it uncooked as if it's cereal. A couple scoops of oats, some fresh fruit chopped small, a couple big spoonfuls of yogurt, all topped off with milk. I think it's my rough equivalent of muesli.

    Oh, you could feed it to horses. :-) Or maybe try it in a bird feeder? I have no idea if birds would go for that... Anyway, good luck!

  2. Apple crisp is always good too. That and the cookies freeze well, you could make a ton and then freeze them all.

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  4. This is from Wondertime magazine. They are Wonderful. Trust me. It is a big sticky, but so worth it.

    These wholesome little snacks are simple to make and rival cookie dough eaten right out of the bowl (not that we'd do that). The easiest way to make them is to combine all the ingredients in a stand mixer, but the fun way is to push up your kid's sleeves and let her mush it all by hand.

    Makes 40-48 cookies

    Mix together 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup honey until smooth. Gradually add in 3 cups old fashioned oats and 1/2 cup ground flaxseed. Add 1 cup chocolate chips and 1 cup any combination of nuts and soft dried fruit(try 1/2 cup coarsely chopped peanuts and 1/4 cup each of raisins and dried cranberries) and mix gently in your stand mixer or smush together by hand.

    Roll into Ping-Pong-size balls and, for maximum presentation value, put in paper mini muffin cups. You can eat them right away, but they'll be less sticky after a night in the fridge. They freeze well too, layered on wax paper in an airtight container.

  5. You can make super yummy no bake oatmeal chocolate cookies with them! I don't have the recipe that I use nearby right now, but I did a quick google search and this one looks somewhat like the one I use:,1710,130183-241195,00.html

    It's super yummy and super easy!!

  6. I but Knee-highs in the little plastic containers at Walgreens (about 25 cents or so), stuff them with oatmeal, and tie them off. Oatmeal is a fantastic skin soother for sunburns or other mildly irritated skin. You can kind of use the stuffed knee-highs like a loofah, and then the water and dust combine to make an oatmeal bath.

    I'll keep thinking, too! :)

  7. From

    How to Make Homemade Oat Flour from Oatmeal

    Oat flour is a great low calorie, low glycemic alternative to white flour. Making oat flour: from regular oatmeal is very easy, too. It only takes 1 minute and is a VERY easy and cheap alternative to store bought oat flour.


    Oatmeal (dry)


    Top make your own oat flour, just put a cup or two of oatmeal in a regular household blender (or food processor if you happen to have one) and blend it on high. Whir until the flakes turn into the consistency of flour.

    If you have an economy blender, you may have to blend the oats a little longer or stop the blender and help mix in the oat flakes that may stick to the sides of the blender.

    Store the oat flour in a covered bowl in the pantry.

  8. The easiest and quickest way to make oatmeal flour is in the blender. It's GREAT in homemade bread and in chocolate chip cookies. Just store it in a zip lock bag (or 2 :) in the freezer. Have you tired the famous Neiman Marcus cookies? FANTASTIC! Here's the address It makes a HUGE batch! Great recipe for rolling the dough into balls and freezing them until stiff. Then, place in zip Lock Freezer bag and they are all ready to bake "fresh" at a moments notice. Also there is a great recipe for homemade granola at
    Good luck!

  9. peanut butter balls:

    I eat them ALL by MYSELF.

    I wonder what they'd taste like covered in chocolate.....

  10. sure wish i had a grand idea but i don't. i am not a fan of oatmeal although i know i should be.
    good luck.
    can't wait to see the company who asked you to create for them.

  11. Make as many oatmeal cookies and sweets using oatmeal as you can stand and then donate them to a homeless shelter or somewhere that might need them. Or you could just freeze them and eat them as the months go by, I would know what to do with it either, but I love the canister!

  12. Here is a super easy recipe for a yummy ice cream topping:

    1c. oatmeal
    1/4c. butter (melted)
    1/2c. brown sugar

    Mix all the ingredients together and spread out on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, let cool, and break up.

    Delicious on vanilla bean ice cream with homemade carmel sauce. :)

  13. granola!!! lots of yummy recipes out me if you can't find a good one! you could make loads of granola and give it as teacher gifts in a mason jar made beautiful by you!! xo

  14. Sounds like you need my mom's Monster Cookie recipe! It's one of her most requested recipes, and that's saying something. :)

    Monster Cookies

    12 eggs
    2 lbs brown sugar
    4 c sugar
    1 T vanilla
    1 T syrup
    8 t soda
    1 lb butter
    3 lb peanut butter
    18 c oatmeal
    1 lb chocolate chips
    1 lb M&Ms

    Drop with ice cream scoop and flatten with 6 cookies per sheet. Bake at 350º 12 minutes. (8 dozen [huge] cookies)

  15. 1) mix peanut butter & oats; spread all over a big pine cone; coat with birdseed; hang.

    2) Nutty Butter Play Dough:
    1 cup peanut butter
    1 cup powdered milk
    1 cup honey
    1 cup oatmeal
    Mix together & play!(maybe in the empty bathtub?!)

    3) save for Janey when she's ready; there's no healthier breakfast! (I wish I liked oatmeal).

  16. I ran into a similar delimma last week and made these. Soooooo incredible! I stopped after I melted the chocolate chips and I added rasins to my mixture! Yum Yum... I think I need to whip up some more now!

  17. That IS a lot of about oatmeal clay? Your girls could have fun with it and nibble too as they played! Here is the link!

  18. Are you into eating healthy? I have two recipes that use oatmeal from the South Beach Diet. They are both really good IMO. One is for meatloaf and the other for pancakes (for these you grind up the oatmeal - the pancakes are really thick and tasty). If you'd like them let me know and I'll email them! :-)

  19. oh ideas at all.
    that is a lot of oatmeal.

  20. you can also use the blender to blend (not quite as fine as for flour though) it and then use it for baby cereal, just add formula, breastmilk, juice, etc.

  21. there's a really good chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal no bake recipe...but be will want to eat them all! if you're really interested in the recipe you can email me. There's also some great meat loaf recipes that use oatmeal. I've also seen some cute bean bags made with oatmeal inside...not sure how long they last without getting buggy or yucky, but cool idea. Good luck! :)

  22. You could whip up some Oatmeal Milk Bath, jar it up, add some cuteness, and wha-la, instant gift!!

  23. I did not have a chance to read all of your responses, but I would lean toward granola! I have an extremely easy recipe for a basic granola and then skies the limits on anything you would like to add! Seriously, 3 ingredients to get you started. :o) If you are interested please email me an I would love to share it with you. I almost blogged about it recently! :o)
    Have a lovely night.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  24. I smell some Father's Day gifts in the making.....hope your hubby is a soap-on-a-rope fan (oatmeal soap-on-a-rope, of course).....

  25. Layer it in a pretty jar with other ingredients for cookies and give them as teacher gifts??

    Oatmeal baths?

    Add some glitter and bag it up cute as reindeer food for next Christmas?

    Oh well, donate it to a nursing home and forget about it! Those sure are pretty containers you decorated! :)

  26. No-bake cookies!!!!! I would help you eat them....but I live too far from you!

  27. Butterscotch oatmeal cookies, YUM!

    Oatmeal facial scrub

    Oatmeal bath, good for itchy skin, sunburn & diaper rash!

    No Bake cookies!!! YUM!

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  29. would go with the MONSTER cookies! BUT Have a 10 gallon bucket handy to mix it, and an electric drill with a paint mixer bit... (I hate to admit that I REALLY did this...) The drill bit was new and I got the bucket from an A and W Rootbeer stand. Oh, and plan on running your oven for like 5 full hours and find a space large enough to place them to cool... like my whole kitchen counters. SAm's club sells LARGE cans of peanut butter.. AND if you make these I will buy a dozen... They are my FAV!!!! Good luck! If you have leftovers try this EASY half-homemade oatmeal soap....


    1 large bar of soap, preferably a mild cleanser such as a Dove beauty bar
    3 tablespoons of oatmeal
    4 tablespoons water
    Large microwave safe bowl
    Soap mold or decorative muffin tin

    Use a food processor to grind up your oatmeal. It should have a bit of texture, but you want to break up most of the individual flakes.
    Grate your bar of soap into small slivers. Place shavings in a large, microwavable bowl.
    Add water to the mixture and microwave on high for two to three minutes. Watch carefully to make sure the soap doesn't bubble over the bowl, stirring the mixture as needed.
    Remove the bowl from the microwave. Stir in the oatmeal.
    Pour soap into mold.
    Remove from mold when cool.
    For a pretty presentation, wrap the soap in a washcloth and tie with a decorative ribbon bow.
    To make a simple lotion to coordinate with your soap, add approximately 1/4 of a cup of ground oatmeal to a four ounce bottle of unscented body lotion
    I think adding some tea tree oil, or lavender oil...

  30. ...would be heavenly... sleep makes my brain hurt!

  31. make granola! here is a link to a great recipe!

  32. I have a recipe for a fruit salad - it has yogurt and oatmeal in it. yummy way to use up some oatmeal.

  33. now evelyn's comment made me throw up in my mouth a little bit!

    can i vote? i vote for oatmeal clay.

  34. 1. Freeze until October.
    2. Invite every single person you know over for an Oatmeal Day party on Oct 29.

  35. Oatmeal...send it our way, 3 of us eat it everyday for breakfast...and can't seem to keep it in stock.

    Since that's not very practical: apple crisp/crumbles, oatmeal pancakes, no-bake cookies, granola, oatmeal bread (don't have to grind it for many recipes). Hmmm...I'm sure there are some other really creative ideas too, but that's what I'm thinking of right now.

  36. How about something a little "International"?
    The bottom recipe on is something that I grew up on and might be an idea for something to try.

  37. i saw this recipe for oatmeal bath bombs...hmmm could be another etsy item for charity?? cellophane bags and cute ribbon, and viola!

    take care!
    patti -

  38. i think it would make some pretty looking mulch around flower beds and trees, and it would probably attract a lot of pretty birds too! ....or you could buy an inexpenive baby pool and fill it up with the oatmeal and your girls could play in it like a sand box :)

  39. I found a meatloaf recipe that called for it. I made it a couple days ago, and my husband said it was the best meatloaf he had ever eaten (although I attribute that to the bbq sauce, not the oatmeal!)

  40. Try this recipe for Monster Cookies! They are wonderful and so addictive. They are my family's favorite cookies. We leave out the raisins and use a little less soda than called for in the recipe. Here's the link=)

  41. Take a lot of warm baths and soft skin!
    sandy toe

  42. I found this recipe in a 1960's cookbook that I bought for a quarter. People always ask if I can bring these cookies.

    half a cup of butter or marg.
    1 cup of brown sugar
    2 cups of quick cook oats
    one fourth teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon baking powder.

    Combine butter and brown sugar in sauce pan; cook and stir until butter melts. Stir in remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour into gred 8x8 baking dish. bake 350 degree oven for 20-25 min. cool and cut into bars. Enjoy!

  43. One thing I've done to increase our oatmeal intake (I'm also not a cooked oatmeal eater) is make carrot oatmeal muffins. Great since I'm not a big carrot either either. My whole family and everyone who's been around when I have the muffins love them!

    I don't add any of the extras listed but the carrots and oatmeal, and completely skip the third step. Keeps it simple!

  44. make 'joy the baker's' oatmeal cookie pancakes
    her oatmeal applesauce blueberry muffins, yum!
    her low-fat oatmeal banana bread
    think of it this cholesterol will probably drop a few points and you will be 'regular' :)

  45. You should see if there is a local church that could use it! There are always people in need!

  46. I know that this is NO where near 60 cups of oatmeal but it does make for some mighty yummy cereal....


    2 1/2 c. rolled oats
    1/4 c. sunflower seeds
    1/4 c. sesame seeds
    1/2 c. coconut
    1/3 c. oil
    1/2 c. raw wheat germ
    1/2 c. nuts
    1/3 c. water
    1/2 c. honey

    Mix all together and bake at 225 degrees for 2 hours.
    Also another idea would be to let the kiddos play in it kind of like sand...they do that at the daycare here all the time...Good luck

  47. You could get those Sneaky Chef type books. They use oatmeal in regular food as a healthy additive. Put it in oatmeal in lieu of breadcrumbs, etc.

  48. baked oatmeal, peanut butter chocolate oatmeal bars, oatmeal granola, apple crisp, oatmeal in your meatballs, homemade oatmeal bread...I feel like Bubba on Forrest Gump.

  49. Honey Milk Balls! My kids love making and eating this delicious snack. 1/2 cup of honey
    1/2 cup of oats
    1 cup of dry milk solids
    1 cup of uncooked oats
    Mix well, then knead by hand until blended. Shape into small balls. Makes 2 dozen

  50. you could give it to a soup kitchen or homeless residence.
    good luck!

  51. Oatmeal Creme Pies-Cottage Living website. So yummy!!
    Or chocolate chip oatmeal pecan cookies. Granola.
    I don't have anything else for you.

  52. We don't eat oatmeal either, but I use 2 cups of it in my chocolate chip cookie recipe. The cookies are delicious.

  53. Fill a kiddy swimming pool up with the oatmeal and add water. Make sure it's directly in the sun. Soak for a couple of hours. Your skin will be super smoothe :) hehe. Then let your kids do belly flops into it. Ew.

  54. What about these famous designer YUMMY cookies....?

  55. I always throw it in meat loaf and meatballs.

  56. YAY! congrats on the store display....whoot whoot!

    As a teacher, we used to use TONS of oatmeal.....for our sensory table. The kids loved measuring it, dumping it, scooping it, fun fun fun! I say.....throw it in a big sensory table and let the girls go.....well, Janey can watch.

  57. This may seem a little to soon but we use oatmeal for reindeer feed to give to friends at Christmas for Rudolph...We use oatmeal, candy sprinkles, sunflower seeds, and then the birds eat when they put it out on Christmas Eve. Just a suggestion or oatmeal raisan cookies....but the birds really like them.

  58. As I see you have 58 other comments I am sure someone has already suggested making granola. It is dee.licious as a cereal, on ice cream and yogurt or dry as a snack. Make it sweet, not tree hugger bland :) I don't like coconut so I wouldn't do Martha Stewart's recipe... maybe just almond slivers and honey and bake it?

  59. Granola.
    LOVE it!
    Just add dried fruits nuts peanut butter and honey and toast it all golden, cinnammon and vanilla too!!

  60. You could use some of it for the girls to play with, i.e. instead of a sand table make it an oatmeal table. It would be a great sensory experience for the girls. You could put bowls, measuring cups, and measuring spoons in there. I use plastic sweater containers for our homemade sand table but even plastic shoe boxes would work.

    Another idea is add it to the girls' fingerpaint to make it oatmeal fingerpaint. It can be added to tempera paint for the same effect.

    Although apple crisp, granola cereal, and all of the other ideas are awesome too.

    Have fun!

  61. Dani's Random Oatmeal Uses...

    I have the yummiest granola recipes ever...let me know if you want them!

    Put a few TBSP of oats in your gets blended right in and you don't even notice the hidden whole grain!

    No-Bake Cookies...the chocolate peanut butter kind - nothing better on the face of the planet!

    We eat a lot of oatmeal (which I know you said you don't like!) but try it with a scoop of your favorite jam, a splash of milk and some chopped walnuts to top it off...heaven in a bowl!

    We also make reindeer food every Christmas - a long way off, I know! But if you still have extra oats in December...add some glitter or confetti with a scoop of oats in a cute container and have your kids scatter it on the driveway or lawn to lure Santa (by the sparkles) and the reeindeer (by the oats!) to your house for sure!

  62. How about Oatmeal Playdough?

  63. We grind ours in the blender and add like flour to cookies. It gives them a nutty taste.

  64. -Donate it to a local elderly home or women's shelter.

    -grind it up and make some bread

    -Blend it in some smoothies for breakfast

    -make a giant oatmeal sandbox to play in

    -make a million no bake cookies and mail them out to all of your blog friends! :)

  65. oh, another thing I forgot...

    yummy cookies- they have oatmeal, white chocolate chips, craisins and you can even add macadamia nuts. Yum, Yum!

  66. Just found your blog today, but couldn't read this post without sharing our favorite oatmeal recipe. We're not really oatmeal-for-breakfast people either, but I saw a link to this recipe for Amish Baked Oatmeal on another blog and tried it and LOVED IT!

    It tastes like a giant oatmeal cookie, but in a form appropriate for breakfast (or dinner or midday snack, whatever). I usually dish it out while it's still warm and serve it with a dollop of cold applesauce on top. It could also be served with fresh cream or whipped cream or butter... the possibilities are endless. It also reheats very well. Oh my, it's so good.

    I think I have to make some today.