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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Happy New Year and Happy Oatmeal Month!

Nothing says warmth like a bowl of hot oatmeal on a cold January morning. Is it any wonder then, that January has been declared "National Oatmeal Month"?

Besides being a heart-healthy breakfast, oatmeal is also gluten-free. The Whole Grains Council shares this bit of good news about oatmeal:

Unique among the most widely-eaten grains, oats almost never have their bran and germ removed in processing. So if you see oats or oat flour on the label, relax: you’re virtually guaranteed to be getting whole grain.

That's definitely worth knowing if you're concerned about your family eating highly-processed foods!

Here at the Library our collection of cookbooks has a nice variety of recipes using oatmeal. From cereal: "Overnight Baked Oatmeal" found in Gluten-Free on a Shoestring, Quick and Easy: 100 Recipes for the Food You Love--Fast! by Nicole Hunn [641.5638 HUN] to cookies: "Oatmeal Bar Cookies" in 101 Great Gifts Kids Can Make by Stephanie R. Mueller [J 745.5 MUE] to bread: "Peach-Oatmeal Bread" in King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains [641.815 KIN]--this hefty volume has several dozen recipes that use oatmeal--not just bread!

And, here's a bonus: oatmeal is a natural ingredient in many facial scrubs and other health and beauty products! Look for Natural Beauty at Home: More Than 250 Easy-to-Use Recipes for Body, Bath, and Hair by Janice Cox [646.72 COX] where you'll discover soaps, bath treatments, and more you can make at home.

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