As an about-to-graduate-from-college teacher candidate, I've been told trillions of times, "Don't reinvent the wheel." In other words, don't bother recreating something if someone else has already created it. Don't waste your time. Borrow. Make something your own, but don't spend hours duplicating materials that are already available to you.
Which is why I'm sharing this recipe for Gingerbread Oatmeal with you. I tinkered with my own recipe for a while, adjusting the spices and such. I tried with banana, and I tried without. I tried with more molasses, and I tried with less. I tried with mild, and I tried with blackstrap.
Alas, I gave up and did some Googling. I knew I had seen Gingerbread Oatmeal recipes before, so maybe comparing my recipe with someone else's would help me figure out what was wrong.
Instead, I found a recipe on one of my favorite blogs that was extremely similar to my own, with minor adjustments. As I compared the two recipes, I realized, "Why post my own recipe? Don't reinvent the wheel."
So instead, I'll send you over to Vegan Yack Attack for the recipe! Enjoy! :)