Although he had already had a slice of pizza, and wasn’t too hungry, I wanted to make dinner for my dad and me yesterday. He mashed the potatoes for me and helped me to thicken the cashew gravy, and it was nice to cook with him in the kitchen. I miss little things like that, which don’t happen often anymore and didn’t happen too often before, either. I had made oat patties to go with the mashed potatoes and cashew gravy. To be honest, I wasn’t completely satisfied with the onion oat patties that I had made before. They needed a lot more flavor, but dad gave his approval to these, and I thought that they were delicious. I even had one for breakfast this morning.
These oat patties can be eaten plain with a little bit of salt, or you could put cashew (or flour, or sunflower, or another type of) gravy on top of them. They are also delicious fried in a little bit of olive oil. They can be used on sandwiches (I had mine this morning between two pieces of cashew cheese toast, with some onions that were fried/sautéed in olive oil, and a slice of fried tofu).
- 2 cups of water
- 2 1/2 cups of oats
- 1 small (or 1/2 medium or 1/2 large) onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 1/2 bell pepper (optional) seeds removed, rinsed, and finely chopped
- 3-4 Tbsp of Ly’s Goya seasoning or vegan/vegetarian chicken-style seasoning
- A pinch or two of salt or sea salt (optional)
- non-stick cooking spray or oil (May I recommend coconut oil?)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Bring all but the oats and salt (if using) to a boil. Stir frequently.
- The seasoning should turn into a broth. Taste. If it needs salt, add a pinch or two of salt. If it needs more flavor, add more seasoning. I did not have to do this.
- Whisk in oats, a little at a time.
- Cook on medium for about 2-5 minutes or until the oats and water thicken (like savory oatmeal, but the oats don’t have to be fully cooked/ready to eat yet, this is mostly so you can make the oats into patties.) Add more oats if necessary, to thicken. Mix thoroughly and stir frequently as the oats cook.
- Lightly grease a large cookie sheet (or two or three small/medium ones) or baking pans with spray or oil.
- Scoop out the mixture and shape into patties on the cookie sheet(s) or baking pan(s). Press together gently, but firmly.
- Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. They should hold together well on the bottom by then, and then you can flip them.
- Flip and bake for 10-20 more minutes.
- The patties should be at least a little moist in the middle, but drier and should hold together well, although not perfectly, so handle with care. They may be a little crispy on the outside, but not burned (so if they are burning, flip early and take them out sooner).
The amount of patties this makes depend on your patty size. For us, this made about 7 or 8 patties.