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Busy Day Oatmeal Cake

This healthy recipe comes from NDSU Extension Service.


  • 1 c. oatmeal oats, quick (uncooked)
  • 1¼ c. boiling water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • ½ c. shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1½ c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. soda


  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • ½ stick butter
  • 4 to 5 Tbsp. evaporated milk
  • 1 c. coconut
  • ½ c. nuts (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 F. Pour water over oats and let stand. Cream sugar and shortening. Add eggs; beat.Add flour, oatmeal, vanilla and spices. Pour into floured 9-by-13-inch pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Cool cake before icing. For a lower calorie, lower fat version, omit icing and dust with powdered sugar. Icing: Boil one minute and add coconut and nuts. Spread on top of cooled cake. Broil a few minutes until lightly browned.

Makes 12 servings.

Per serving: 210 calories, 10 grams (g) fat, 30 g carbohydrate and 120 mg sodium.

(With icing: Per serving: 380 calories, 20 grams (g) fat, 50 g carbohydrate and 170 mg sodium).
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