Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TWD: Oatmeal Breakfast Bread

Whew! Whadda day. Everything about this Tuesdays with Dorie post snuck up on me, from the actual baking of the oatmeal breakfast bread to the posting of this here very blog post. Apologies, but I was busy doing very important things like making the world's largest Tootsie Roll:

Whadda Roll.

Aaaaaanyhow, back to the oatmeal breakfast bread. Here's the truth: I like my breakfasts healthy and my desserts deadly, and rarely should the twain meet. This way, I can gorge on all the warm chocolate-chip cookies I want in the evening, but console myself with the memory of the virtuous oatmeal or egg-white scramble I had for breakfast. So a recipe that commingles these two very distinct categories?


This oatmeal breakfast bread was fairly healthy, as far as baking projects go. Some of the oil was replaced by applesauce, and oatmeal stood in for some white flour. I added pecans, dried apricots, dried cherries, and--okay, you caught me--just a handful of mini chocolate chips. I'm not made of stone, people.

I thought the oatmeal gave it a lovely chewy, moist texture once it had cooled down, and all the different dried fruits and nuts were great additions. But I have to say, it was just a bit too healthy-tasting for me. My favorite part was the cinnamon-sugar-pecan crust on top, which I think cancels out most of the healthy attributes.

So although I think there's lots to love about this bread, it's just not my bag, baby. We'll keep eating Ginormous Tootsie Rolls around here, and leave the healthy breads to the other folks.


  1. Maybe pieces of giant tootsie roll in the healthy bread? Can't lose with chocolate.

  2. how did you do that tootsie roll? omg that's hilarious!

  3. Liz, your comment on my post really sang for me. A good picture definitely makes a rather unexciting product all worth it. That's what keeps me going in TWD.

    I also love your statement about a healthy breakfast (and lunch for me) and a killer dessert. I feel exactly the same way. Whatever is tempting me has to be really good to veer away from my bowl of fruit, yogurt and Fiber One. This did not do it.

    Now about that tootsie roll.....

  4. Sorry it wasn't your fave. Thanks for baking along anyways, despite the borderline dessert-ness of it all!

  5. I upped the brown sugar topping so no healthy taste for me! that tootsie roll looks ridiculous!!

  6. Anonymous6:07 PM

    I love a healthy-ish bread. Oh, but that tootsie roll looks mighty tempting! I hope that will be on your candy blog!

  7. Oh my gosh, I LOVE that Tootsie Roll. (I love them anyway, but giant ones!!!) Recipe?
    And the bread, yah, a little too healthy for me, too, so I made it in to coffee cake. Once as written, then subbed banana for the applesauce and added lots of chocolate--mmmmm, much better!

  8. Can I tell you how much I love you guys? Jason's expressions are hilarious!

  9. My thoughts exactly. I simply don't like healthy desserts. You could have cut that roll up into it though :)

  10. I never really thot of this as healthy. Just moist and delicious. And we haven't had it for breakfast yet.

    Looks great and the chocolate.....yumee!!

  11. Hey!

    I love eating oatmeal for breakfast... but I'm not sure how I feel about it as a bread. However, I think it looks pretty darn good as a snack.