Recipes By Scientists: #WTWTCH No Bake Oatmeal Chews

Ever wonder what a scientist eats? Do they chew on stars and savor the sweet, sweet flavors of knowledge? Or do they actually eat food like the rest of us? Well, starting today, we will try to answer that question with a new series of recipes approved and eaten by scientists! Today, I bring you a recipe by one of my favorite scientists, the chemist and all around bad-ass Dr Ray Burks!

Here is Ray with her recipe for No Bake Oatmeal Chews. It will fill you up and give you the energy you need to solve even the toughest of chemistry dilemmas! Enjoy!

Oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon is my go-to breakfast, but this morning I wanted to mix it up. Coffee in hand, I considered the contents of my pantry, while scrolling through no bake oatmeal recipes online. Lots of these recipes sounded delicious — and most of the recipes required ONE ingredient I didn’t have. So I did what any hungry, Saturday-lazy-not-getting-out-of-PJs-to-go-to-the-store, crafty person would do. I blended a few recipes together, dumping ingredients I didn’t have. Hey, what’s the worst that could happen (WTWTCH)?

Here’s what I did:

  1. Microwaved ~1/4 cup of coconut oil (solid!) in a small bowl until melted. Put 1/4 cup of the now liquid coconut oil in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Microwaved 1/2 cup cashew milk for 1 minute, then threw it into he blender. To the blender, I added 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup PB powdered peanut butter, and 1 tsp vanilla extract. This mixture was blended until the raisins were a shadow of their former selves, with the whole mixture being thick and creamy.
  3. The blender mixture was added to the coconut oil using a spatula, mixing really well. This is the “wet mix”.
  4. A cup of granulated Splenda was mixed into the wet mix.
  5. In a medium sized mixing bowl with a lid, 3 cups of old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup flax seed meal, and 1 tsp of cinnamon were added. Lid secure, I shook this “dry mix” like a Polaroid picture.
  6. Added the dry mix to the wet mix about 1/2 cup at a time, using a spatula to mix the mixes.
  7. I sampled the mass of oatmeal chew and discovered the worst that could happen was actually pretty damn tasty.
  8. Lined big ‘o baking sheet with wax paper.
  9. Used my 1/4 cup to scoop up the chews, rolled each scoop into a ball using my mitts, and flattened each ball (16) onto wax paper.
  10. Ate 2 chews with a fresh cup of coffee. Took picture of chews on plate because I so impressed with myself for pulling this off.

finished chews

After their photo session, the chews were wrapped in wax paper, stuffed in a quart sized Ziploc type bag, and tossed in the fridge. I then used SparkRecipe’s calculator to totally guestimate the nutritional info of a two chews serving.

chew nutritional info

These WTWTCH oatmeal chews are tasty and turned out to be a good pre-spinning class meal.  I’ll be making these again!


Featured image from keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk

DrRubidium is an analytical chemist that spends her days finding needles in needlestacks. Also a science communicator, she focuses on the the science behind everyday stuff and pop culture.

Amy Roth

Amy Davis Roth (aka Surly Amy) is a multimedia, science-loving artist who resides in Los Angeles, California. She makes Surly-Ramics and is currently in love with pottery. Daily maker of art and leader of Mad Art Lab. Support her on Patreon. Tip Jar is here.

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