National Oatmeal Month

The Whole Grains Council has declared January to be National Oatmeal Month, because we buy more oatmeal in January than any other month. They have a quote on their page which made me laugh: “Samuel Johnson’s 1755 dictionary defined oats as ‘A grain, which in England is generally given to horses, but in Scotland appears to support the people.’ The Scotsman’s retort to this was, ‘That’s why England has such good horses, and Scotland has such fine men!’”

Oats are very good for us, and part of that is because oats never have the bran and germ separated from them in processing, so when you buy oatmeal by itself or in something, you can be assured you are getting whole grain. According to Michigan State University Extension, eating whole grains, including oatmeal can, among other things:

  • Lower the risk of heart disease
  • Help reduce blood cholesterol levels
  • Prevent certain cancers
  • Help manage your weight
  • Reduce constipation and diverticulosis
  • Prevent Type 2 diabetes
  • Prevent high blood pressure
  • Support a healthy immune system

Nor is oatmeal good only for breakfast. Oatmeal makes great cookies. Here’s my favorite recipe.

2½ C   oatmeal
2 C      flour
1 C      applesauce
½ C     sugar
1 tsp     baking soda
1 tsp     baking powder
1 tsp     salt
1½ tsp  cinnamon
1 tsp     vanilla
2          eggs
1 C      coconut oil, melted
2 C      raisins, nuts, etc., to taste

Mix everything together but the raisins, nuts, etc., then fold them in. Put in a 9×13 greased baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cookies should look slightly underdone when you take them out of the oven. Best to let them cool for an hour or so before cutting into bars.

So enjoy some lovely, healthy oatmeal today!


Quotes about oatmeal

On more than one occasion, the camera has cut to me after a break as I’m still trying to swallow the last bite of cookie. Those of you who have thought to yourselves, ‘That guy talks like he has marbles in his mouth,’ should know that they are not marbles, but oatmeal cookies.–Lester Holt

Oatmeal tastes so good on its own, you don’t even need to add sugar.–Kristin Chenoweth

Writing that has no surprises is as bland as oatmeal. Surprise the reader with the unexpected verb or adjective. Use one startling adjective per page.–Anne Bernays

If you’re craving oatmeal cookies, applesauce won’t do.–Eric Jerome Dickey

No money, holes in my socks, living off oatmeal.–Donna Tartt

Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down… and won.–John Prine

There are more strength-producing properties in wholemeal flour, peas, beans, lentils, oatmeal, roots, and other vegetables of the same class, than there are beef or mutton, poultry or fish, or animal food of any description whatever.–Catherine Booth

Truthfully, everyone knows how to eat right. They know the difference between oatmeal and a jelly cream doughnut. They know how to walk. Everyone has this in their brain. When I started, we didn’t have all this knowledge.–Richard Simmons

You have to eat oatmeal or you’ll dry up. Anybody knows that.–Kay Thompson

Once we sowed wild oats, now we cook them in the microwave.–Anonymous

Smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole
for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast
and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat –
dance lightly with life.–Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Oatmeal is a cheap and healthy breakfast.–Marcus Samuelsson

I live a pretty domestic and normal life. I make my kids breakfast most mornings, but nothing too elaborate – soft-boiled eggs and oatmeal.–Pierce Brosnan

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