Mares eat oats and Does eat oats

Banana oat cones are healthier than ice-cream. They are also ridiculously tasty!

Why do Mares and Does eat oats?” asks Will. “Oats look like dry little bits of paper. Ugh. Does Bambi’s mom know something we don’t?”

“Well,” says I, stalling over yet another why question. “Moms are usually right!”

“People eat oats, too,” I add. “Oats are  another of our super foods! That’s why you find oatmeal porridge for breakfast on many popular weight-loss diets.”

Oats, as super food

Choose whole-grain oats when you shop. Groats, steel-cut, stone-ground, or old-fashioned rolled… these are all good for you. Like other whole grains, they’re great sources of fiber.

But they have more soluble fiber than other whole-grain cereals, which help control cholesterol in your blood. Oats are also a good source of good fats, the unsaturated omega fatty acids. These help keep your heart healthy longer.

Its fiber and protein also slow the break down of oats into sugar, a feature called low-glycemic. This means oats controls the level of sugar in your blood… you stay full longer and you’re less likely to get diabetes.

Stay away from instant (or quick-cooking) oats. They are more processed than other oats. Time saved when making instant over old-fashioned rolled oats is minimal, but with instant, you lose the low-glycemic benefits.

Confirmed meat-eater that I am, I’ve never been a fan of breakfast cereal. So I’m overjoyed to learn that I can make cookies from regular rolled oats. The two recipes here are easy enough that even little kids can join in making them. One recipe doesn’t even need baking… just mix it up, roll it into balls and eat. Neither has flour, so they can be enjoyed by folks on a gluten-free diet. And both are sweetened mainly from fruit and maple syrup.

I serve the oat balls in ice-cream cones, convinced that presentation makes a difference to kids.

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Banana-Cranberry Oatmeal Cones

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup regular rolled oats
  • 1 c unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 c almond meal (or whole almonds ground in a blender/food processor)
  • 2 tablespoon flax-seed meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or any dried fruit), chopped if necessary

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed until smooth
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil (or any vegetable oil)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond or cocoanut extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (optional)
  1.  Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients and mix evenly.
  3. In another bowl (or blender), combine the wet ingredients and blend well.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  5. Drop tablespoons of batter onto your prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until edges are golden brown. Be careful and check often, because mine burnt on the bottoms at 20 minutes.
  6. Delicious as is for breakfast or with soft unripened goat’s cheese (or any low-fat cream cheese).
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Pemmican cones don’t need baking!

Pemmican cones

This recipe reminds me of the pemmican our ancestors made from nuts, seeds and buffalo fat to last them through winter and long trips. Peanut butter makes a tasty substitute for buffalo grease. Serve in cones or take some in your backpack on hikes through the wilds.

  • 1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup pistachios (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of homemade nutella (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ground almonds
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • a few chocolate chips to garnish
  1. Mix all this together. Add more juice if the mixture isn’t sticky enough to form balls.
  2. Make little balls of dough and top each one with a chocolate chip.
  3. You can eat these balls directly, or you can bake them on a greased pan at 350F for 10 or 15 minutes. Allow to cool on a rack before tasting.

Sing along!

While baking up these tasty treats tune in to: Mares eat oats (Mairzy Doats).

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Easy Real Health
    Apr 16, 2013 @ 15:08:50

    do you have any advice for us newbies on how to start a blog like this one i have wanted to do it for awhile but never got around to it, thanks.

    Reply

  2. ronniesheppard
    Sep 10, 2012 @ 21:10:20

    Looks so yummy!

    Reply

  3. Shel
    May 20, 2012 @ 10:43:57

    These sound delicious – thank you! I can’t wait to try them out, I am constantly searching for healthy treats for the kiddos (and me!)

    Reply

  4. grandmasfunfactory
    May 19, 2012 @ 22:00:36

    Reblogged this on Grandma's Fun Factory and commented:
    This is a fun blog with all sorts of healthy, fun kid treats.

    Reply

  5. Kass Toney
    May 14, 2012 @ 01:42:40

    Both recipes look delicious! Too bad I’m allergic to bananas (love them, they don’t love me). I’m going to have to try the Pemmican with the kinders.

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      May 14, 2012 @ 11:44:34

      I’ve heard of people being allergic to bananas because of a latex sensitivity. Do you like dates? An alternative could be to puree some dates (with stones removed) in a food processor with water, until they are the consistency of mashed banana. It could take a half cup or so of water to thin out the (Very) sticky date puree. I’m doing some guessing here, but three mashed bananas might equal 1 cup of thinned date puree. No further sugar needed!!! Let me know if you try this experiment!

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  6. karlamcurry
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:02:12

    These would totally be a hit with the kiddos. And another way to use my oats!

    Reply

    • Vinny Grette
      May 10, 2012 @ 13:02:10

      The adult in me really liked the banana version, Karla – so moist and flavorful. I liked sandwiching two together with some soft lo-cal goat’s cheese for a great breakfast treat. The peanut butter ones were the fave of the height-challenged people in the house. And they were so delighted that they could make them all by themselves!

      Reply

  7. Anonymous
    May 09, 2012 @ 20:47:51

    These look very cool!

    Reply

  8. tiffanylanehandmade
    May 09, 2012 @ 14:56:01

    Thanks for linking back to my blog/recipe! I can’t wait to try the Pemmican Cones!

    Reply

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