Surprisingly Awesome

The oatmeal in my house is multiplying.

At one point I purchased a canister of oats for something (meatloaf maybe) and used a cup. This left a nearly full canister. No one in my house, including me, eats oatmeal for breakfast. We don’t make oatmeal cookies, except once a decade, so there the canister sat.

One day I was digging through my pantry and there is was. The canister. And, it had a friend – another canister. How did that get there? The Ranting Wife decided to make a dessert and stopped by the grocery store. Not knowing if we had oats or not, she bought another canister. Now I had two barely used canisters taking up valuable pantry space. I searched for recipes and other than cookies and meatloaf, I didn’t find many good ways to use up the oats, so I just let them sit.

I’ve mentioned that my eldest goes to The Ohio State University, which is in Columbus, about two hours driving time south of where I live. In between is 100+ miles of farms and part of that area is home to large Amish community. For those not familiar with the Amish, they live life without many of the modern conveniences. As a result, much of their food is made from scratch and delicious.

At about the half-way mark, there is a very large Amish restaurant, Der Dutchman. While the restaurant has a menu, its signature food is the carbo-liscious buffet. Creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing and all sorts of country-style food is in abundance. In addition to the buffet, they have a dozen or more freshly baked pies. This restaurant is a favorite of my father in law (FIL) and he will regularly meet friends for dinner there or stop there on his way back from Columbus.

This past spring, my FIL decided to go down to Columbus and bring my son back for the weekend. One of my nieces decided to go along for the ride, mainly to see where my son was living. Of course, it was dinner time when they approached Der Dutchman, so they stopped. When it was time for dessert, the waitress convinced them to try the oatmeal pie.

Oatmeal pie? Sounds….um…..interesting (read that as “gross”). The waitress was adamant that they’d like it, so they ordered it. And loved it. With that in mind, I knew there was another opportunity to use up some oats, so I found a recipe and made it.

Oatmeal Coconut Pie

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The consistency is much like a pecan pie than oatmeal. It was sweet and delicious.

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I used a pre-made pie crust.

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This is so simple. Mix it all together and into a crust.

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This was a great time to pull out the Talisman Designs Pie Shield to keep the crust from burning.

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This was surprisingly awesome!

Oatmeal Coconut Pie

prep 5 mins ∙ cook 50 mins ∙ makes 1.0 ∙ source

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup old fashioned oats (or quick oats)
3/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 cup butter
2 large eggs
9 inches pie shells, unbaked (thawed if frozen)

1 Preheat oven to 350*. Stir all filling ingredients together in a a large bowl until well mixed.

2 Pour into pie shell. Bake 50-60 minutes, until golden and a toothpick stuck in the centre comes out clean. Filling may still jiggle in the centre.

3 Cool and serve (nice topped with spoonful of Cool Whip).


Calories 593.9
Calories from Fat 272
Total Fat 30.3 g
Saturated Fat 15.2 g
Cholesterol 102.6 mg
Sodium 336.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 78.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Sugars 38.7 g
Protein 5.6 g


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Categories: Baking3, Dessert 2, Fruit 2, kosher, Recipes, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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3 Comments on “Surprisingly Awesome”

  1. December 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    I like the oatmeal idea! But I think I could work on this one to bring the sugar down and improve the fat profile… Maybe an oatmeal pudding? The Amish probably don’t have to worry about calories like I do, what with all the hard work they do :). Maybe if that was all I ate all day? I could have two pieces!


  2. December 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Having said all that… I confess. I ate a butter tart last night!


  3. December 11, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

    omg this looks yummy


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