Basic Oats Mix Biscuits, Muffins, Applesauce Bread and Dumplings

Here are the recipes that the “Culinary Institute the Budget Cookbook" gives with their recipe for Basic Oats Mix (I included the recipe at the bottom).  I have made both the muffins and biscuits and found them to be both quick and tasty.
I included the recipes for the bread and dumplings, although I haven’t tried them yet.

Oatmeal Muffins
  2              cups  plus 2 tablespoons Oat Mix  
     1/4       cup  Sugar
  1              cup  Milk
  1              large  Egg -- beaten
Combine oats mix and sugar in a bowl.  Add milk and egg; stir until just blended.
Fill 12 greased 2 1/2" muffin-pan wells 2/3 full.
Bake at 400° about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
Cost:  about 96¢ per dozen or 8¢ per muffin

Oatmeal Biscuits
  2               cups  Oat Mix
     2/3        cup  Cold Milk
Combine oats mix and milk in a bowl; stir with a fork to a soft dough.  Let the dough set in the bowl to absorb some of the liquid into the oats, about 5-10 minutes.
Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface.  Knead with fingertips 10 times.  Roll out 1/2" thick and cut with a floured 2" cutter.  (Be sure to cut straight down without twisting, to help your biscuits rise and get that characteristic “split”.)
Put on ungreased cookie sheet. 
Bake at 450° 10-12 minutes.
Biscuits cost 54¢ per dozen or 4 1/2¢ per biscuits.

Quick Applesauce Bread
  2 1/4    Cups  Oat Mix
  1           Cup  Sugar
  1           Teaspoon  Cinnamon
  1           Cup  Applesauce -- sweetened
  1           Large  Egg
     1/2    Cup  Milk
     1/2    Cup  Raisins – optional
Combine oats mix, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.  Add applesauce, egg, milk, and raisins; stir until mixed.
Turn batter into a greased and floured 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2" loaf pan.
Bake at 350° for 55 to 60 minutes.
Remove from pan and cool completely on a rack before slicing.  1 loaf

Fluffy Dumplings
  2           Cups  Oat Mix
  1           Cup  Milk

Thoroughly combine oats mix and milk.  Spoon onto boiling stew. (Try to drop them on the meat or vegetables to keep them from getting too soggy).  
Cook, uncovered, over low heat 10 minutes; cover and cook 10 minutes longer.  10-12 Dumplings.

Basic Oats Mix
  6        Cups  Flour, All-purpose (about 1 pound 11 ounces)
  4        Tablespoons  Baking Powder
  4        Teaspoons  Salt
  1 1/3 Cups  Shortening (about 9.33 ounces)
  2        Cups  Oats -- quick or old fashioned, uncooked (about 6 ounces)
Sift flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.  Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Stir in oats.
Store in a cool, dry place until ready to use.
Makes enough for 4 batches muffins, biscuits, dumplings or applesauce bread.
Cost:  $1.67 per full recipe or 17¢ per cup if you get 9 3/4 cups from the recipe.

Yield:  "9 3/4 Cups"

Culinary Institute the Budget Cookbook" 1975


  1. Hello, I came by through Harvest Lane Cottage.
    I like this basic oats recipe and all the wonderful things you make with it.
    :) Hope

  2. Correction. I came by through If you do stuff, stuff gets done, which I found on Harvest Lane Cottage.
    :) Hope

  3. Welcome Hope.
    Hope you stay around and read us often. We always like to have new readers. it is what makes doing the work of a blog worth while,

  4. Love your blog. Thanks for your postings. I love them!

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