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Hardcore Hobbit: Bowl of Oatmeal

According to LOTRO this simple breakfast dish is delicious and satisfying. I’ll say! I had this for breakfast and I’ve been full for hours. I love having a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast on a cloudy morning. Especially when I do it up like this. No boring oatmeal for me. I like to throw as much nutritional num in there as possible. In the game a bowl of oatmeal is made with a bottle of water, honey, and a bunch of oats. As usual I take it a bit further than that. The nuts I put in add this satisfying texture and omega 3. The fruit helps you along with those servings you should be trying to get in each day. Then the fibre! The whole combination to me tastes like a breakfast fruit crumble. Did I mention it is super quick and easy to make? Epic win.

  • 1/3 cup quick cooking oats
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup applesauce of choice (I like strawberry kiwi unsweetened from Motts)
  • 1 tbl chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp honey
  1. Combine the oats, walnuts and water in a bowl. Microwave for 1 1/2 minute on high. Cover and allow to sit for 2 minutes.
  2. Stir in the applesauce.
  3. Drizzle the honey on top. It will melt and glaze the top. Enjoy!

Serves 1. Contains 230 calories, 6.7 grams fat, 39.5 grams carbs, 6.3 grams fibre, 5.5 grams protein. Remember a solid breakfast helps you fight orcs and cravings later in the day.

 

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Walnut Crunch Cookies

My husband loves maple walnut flavoured ice cream. For me, I have to be in the mood for it. Something about nuts in ice cream has always made me raise an eyebrow. No real reason for it, it just weirds me out…I’m silly ofcourse. Thinking about the flavours themselves though they sound oh so tasty. Especially for a cookie. So, for this week’s Engel game night I made up an attempt. The maple is only a hint but the walnut is definitely there and nummy. From the feedback I have received my husband and our other guy gamer loved these. I call that a win! This recipe is full of tasty whole grain stuff and omega 3’s from those walnuts. Healthy omnoms.

  • 1/4 cup light cooking margarine
  • 1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 2 tbl sugar or splenda
  • 2 tbl light molasses
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tbl light maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnut pieces
  1. In a large bowl combine the margarine, brown sugar, splenda, molasses, egg white, and maple syrup until smooth.
  2. In another bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture.
  4. Stir in the oats and walnut pieces.
  5. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Drop teaspoon amounts onto a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 350F. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. You can shape these cookies but it will be messy to do so.

Makes 20 cookies. Each cookie contains 58 calories, 2.8 grams fat, 7.7 grams carbs, 1 gram fibre, and 1.7 gram protein. I have to say these are great with tea, even the not so great tea I was having that night.

Fruity Oaty Bars

A friend of ours in the vampire campaign my husband is running has started a new diet called the GI diet or Glycemic Index diet. Makes me do a happy dance really since cooking for one vegetarian player and one Atkins diet player was proving troublesome. This is so much easier. So, I have learned they can eat whole grains, fruit, splenda and even low fat margarine. So easy! This week I made fruit bars…I originally called them fruit squares since they are based off my pumpkin squares recipe but it was pointed out that their rectangle nature made them dubious geometric characters if I called them that. These are nummy slightly tart treats that win with my diet choices too so hurray whole table is happy. The fibre in these makes me especially happy. Granted a certain player at the table could have gone with less fibre…you know who you are…Kaylee is still scarred from the experience. Bad Mustafa, bad. When I was thinking of what to name these I laughed so hard. They are fruity…they are oaty…and Kaylee was traumatized…what other name will do?


  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries of choice (mine contained blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1/2 cup splenda
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup light margarine (you can sub with 1/4 cup egg whites for those who want to avoid margarine, it is harder to work with to make it crumbly though)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  1. Combine the oats, flour, splenda and baking soda in a bowl. Add the margarine, using a fork blend until it is moist but crumbly.
  2. Defrost and cook the berries over medium low heat. If you want to thicken them add a tablespoon or two of whole wheat flour. If you like a sweeter filling add a bit of sweetener of your choice. Once the filling forms a good amount of sauce remove from heat.
  3. Place 3/4 of the oat mixture into a 9×9 glass pan. Press into the pan firmly to cover the bottom and form the crust.
  4. Pour the berry mixture on top of the crust and top with the remaining oat mixture.
  5. Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Cool, cut into 18 bars and serve.

Makes 18 servings. Each serving contains 62 calories, 1.6 grams of fat and 1.8 grams of fibre. Let them blow your mind! Hehehe. Would this qualify as a hardcore firefly recipe then?

 

Hardcore Hobbit: Blueberry Muffins

This one was a bit of a triumph for me. I’m sort of anti blueberry muffin after a bad experience with one. Is it ironic that in the game blueberry muffins are used to remove fear effects? I was determined to make blueberry muffins once again tasty for me in the name of hobbitkind. I succeeded…granted I think I will stick to my muffins rather than store bought still. In fact this has given me the courage to try the other blueberry recipes too. Which makes my husband do some sort of happy dance I’m sure. I brought these to our Dresden Files group and amongst that group of fellow foodies they were happily devoured. I call that a huge success! In the game blueberry muffins contain flour, bunch of blueberries, and egg.

  • 1 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup flour (I used that new nutri flour)
  • 1/2 splenda or sugar (nutritionals reflect splenda)
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup light butter, melted
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  1. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and splenda in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl combine applesauce, egg whites, and butter.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the dry mixture, stir until just moistened. Carefully fold in the blueberries.
  4. Divide into 12 sprayed muffin tins. Bake at 375F for 20 to 25 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins. Each muffin contains 101 calories, 2.6 grams of fat, and 1.6 grams of fibre. Yes, that’s 101 calories…I love how our game master said “What? You mean I have to eat a hundred of these to even out?!” lol goodtimes.

Pumpkin Squares

So, we are having a marathon of various Halloween films tonight. Popcorn, check. Chicken poutine of not so naughtiness, check. Something sweet…hmmm…well obviously it needs to contain pumpkin! I’ve definitely been on a pumpkin kick this season. It helps that it is filled with fibre and tasty goodness ofcourse. Well, we love date squares so I figured I’d modify the date square idea for pumpkins and tada! It works! Numly marathon food achieved.

Crumble:

  • 1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup light cooking margarine

Filling:

  • 2 cup pure pumpkin (not pie filling)
  • 2/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbl pumpkin pie spice
  1. Combine the crumble ingredients until the mixture forms several lumps and no loose flour and oats remain.
  2. Reserve 1 cup of crumble for topping.
  3. Pour remaining crumble into a 9×13 pan and press to form a crust that covers the bottom. Bake at 375F for 10 minutes.
  4. Combine filling ingredients until smooth. Spread over baked crust. You do not have to wait for it to cool. Top with reserved crumble sprinkled.
  5. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes. Allow to cool and cut.

Makes 18 servings. Each serving contains 103 calories, 2.1 grams fat and 1.2 grams fibre. They are oh so nummy! If you like pumpkin pie you will definitely love these. They make enough to share too….if you are so inclined. hehe.

Rollo Oat Cookies

I whipped these up the other night for a character creation session we attended. So tasty! Definitely helped me keep my mind as off topic as possible hehe. Part of the fun of character creation is the goofing off in between all the game mechanics stuff. Didn’t finish making the character yet but atleast I got my cookie on! It’s definitely game starting season out here so I expect to making more and more shareable treats.

  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar unpacked
  • 1/4 cup skor bits
  • 1/4 cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tbl cooking margarine
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbl applesauce, unsweetened
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  1. Combine the oats, baking soda, and flour.
  2. Add the sugar, milk, margarine, vanilla, and applesauce. When moistened add the skor bits and chocolate chips.
  3. Using a teaspoon, measure each cookie and roll them into a ball. Place on the baking sheet and flatten a bit using a spoon or fork.
  4. Bake at 325F for 13-15 minutes. Check the bottom of the cookies to make sure they are done. Just a bit of browning is good for a nice chewy cookie.

Makes 32 cookies. Each cookie is 57 calories, 1 gram of fat and .7 grams fibre. They are definitely durable enough for travel and sharing! They also definitely help when that need for chocolate hits.

It’s Plum Crumble

Both my mom and my grandmother would make excellent crumble for dessert and often. If it was a fruit, a crumble could be made from it. The first picking of plums has happened in our area so to me this just seemed like the right time to make a plum crumble. The beauty of this recipe is that you can substitute any fruit that is in season and it is so easy to make! You can even pre-make it, store it in the fridge all day, then bake it while you eat dinner. Freshly baked crumble for dessert, tada! In fact that’s just what I did here. In my family it’s not unusual to have leftover crumble for breakfast either. Hey, it’s oatmeal, fruit, and less sugar than most cereals! Just skip the ice cream for breakfast 😉 Another thing, your eyes aren’t tricking you. My picture quality is better. I got a new spiffy camera this weekend. Yay!

  • 5 black plums (or any other fruit)
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, unpacked
  • 3 tbl low fat cooking margarine
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Pit and slice the plums. Place in a sprayed 9×9 glass square pan.
  2. Combine oats, sugar, margarine, and cinnamon in a bowl. Use a cutting motion with a wooden spatula to combine. You want oat clusters, not one big oat mess.
  3. Crumble the oat mixture on top of the plums.
  4. Store in the fridge until ready to bake or bake immediately at 375F for 30 minutes.

This makes four servings. Each serving contains 132 calories, 3.8 grams of fat and 2.1 grams of fibre. This is great served with a bit of no sugar added ice cream, low fat frozen yogurt, or even still frozen fat free cool whip scooped out like ice cream.