Friday, October 3, 2008

Another new breakfast addiction--homemade this time!

Itty Bitty Bistro, you rock. Thank you, Kara, for posting the yummy recipe for PB&J Oatmeal-to-Go. These little breakfast bars are easy to make and such a nice, fresh alternative to store-bought granola bars.

I think it's nifty how food blogs post lovely pictures of their finished products, don't you?

Unfortunately, I'm not that patient, so you'll have to go to the original post to see the picture Kara took. Her bars turned out a lot prettier than mine anyway.

I started making these and realized I didn't have any applesauce. So I substituted half an overripe banana, and it turned out well, though I'll try them with applesauce when I have some. Next time I make these I'll probably double the recipe, put them in a 9"x13" pan, and cook them a bit longer.

As I was eating one of these yummy little bars, I bit down on something hard. Really hard. Did the oatmeal manufacturer put a pebble in my oats? Perhaps it was a shriveled up bit of rotten peanut from the peanut butter?

Nope. It was a piece of metal.

And I was the one who put it there.

Beth's Baking Tip of the Day: When you're using a mixer and the blades just aren't working well enough (say, in pureeing the banana in your recipe), you might be tempted to use a fork to squish the banana, while the mixer is running. This would be a bad idea.

Very creative way to bend and mangle your beaters, don't you think? And apparently also a good way to get chips of metal beater in your batter.

So every time Chickie ate one of these, I had to break it apart carefully first to make sure it was metal-free. Next time I think she'll have fun eating the oatmeal bars with her fingers instead of a spoon.

But on the positive side, my fork is no worse for the wear. Southern Living at Home flatware is expensive, but it does hold up well to crazy cooks.


Lyndsay said...

I saw those on Kara's site and now I totally have to try them, sans metal of course!

Deals said...

Oh my gosh! That is so something that I would do!!! Yowch - to bite down on it. You are so funny to share this! I love it that you are real and admit your little mishaps too!!!!

Dan & Hillary and little Russell said...

I've done the same thing but with a wooden spoon. Yes, you guessed it- splinters in the batter. There was no chance of resurrecting that mixture! When will we grow up?

Sandi said...

Rut roh! I can only imagine... Gunny tries to help me cook and I'm so afraid he's going to stick his little fingers in the beaters. He gets so excited when he sees cookie dough that he doesn't pay attention to what he's doing!

Kara said...

Yayyy!! So glad they were a hit :-) And I've totally poked a rubber spatula down into my RUNNING GARBAGE DISPOSAL to try to jam more food down into it. Because I am not smart! That is like "garbage disposal 101: do not stick things into it while running"

Becky said...

Mmm, sounds yummy! I'm so glad to hear I'm not the only one who's stuck something in the mixer while it's running. Like an above commenter, I did it with a wooden spoon, which shredded the spoon and mangled the beaters.

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one that did goofy stuff like this. :) Can't wait to try the recipe.

LEstes65 said...

Goodness. Remind me to get you some small spatulas! (kidding)

Little Miss Baker said...

haha thats too funny!!! we need to be a little more careful hehe ;)
thanks for the visit over to PSD!! xo