For the remainder of the school year I will be cooking from scratch significantly less, but I have found a dish that I love to prepare on the weekends in order to treat myself during my early morning weekday breakfasts. It is for Crock Pot Oatmeal and is scrumptious! I usually prepare this oatmeal in my slow cooker on Saturday night and then on Sunday morning our house smells heavenly and we have a hot breakfast. My kids still prefer their oatmeal to hatch tiny dinosaur eggs. I haven't encouraged them too much because I like to package up the leftovers of my crock pot oatmeal into one cup servings and microwave this hearty warm breakfast throughout the week.
I adapted this recipe from one I found on the blog "Mommy's Kitchen". I was skeptical about the method, but I gave it a try because I love the taste and health benefits of steel cut oats but never want to wait the hour or so that it takes to cook them. This technique is brilliant: place a heat proof bowl inside your crock pot, fill it with all of the oatmeal ingredients, pour water around the bowl inside the crock pot, and then cover, cook on low, and wait until morning. The result is a creamy and flavorful oatmeal that is the perfect consistency every time. Once cooked the possibilities for oatmeal toppings are endless. My personal preference is craisins, walnuts or almonds, and an extra sprinkling of cinnamon.
When I accepted my full time job, I began seeking balance in my life. This recipe is one way for me to do that. As a working mom, I knew my crock pot was going to be my new BFF for dinner, but with this recipe it is just as handy for breakfast. Crock Pot Oatmeal is a treat for myself that I am glad to give.
Crock Pot Oatmeal Recipe
inspired by Mommy's Kitchen
makes 4 hearty portions or 6 modest portions
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk (I use 1% but you could use whole or half-and-half)
1 apple, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup sugar (I use sugar in the raw, but you could use regular or brown sugar)
1 Tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 heat proof bowl that will hold 4 cups of liquid and fit inside your slow cooker with the crock pot lid on
- Place the heatproof bowl in the crock pot.
- In the heatproof bowl, mix the steel cut oats, water, milk, sugar, vanilla, butter, and cinnamon.
- Add the chopped apple and mix gently.
- Carefully pour water around the edges of the crock pot until the water level is just below the contents of the inner bowl.
- Place the lid on your crock pot. Turn it on low and go to bed.
- The next morning gently remove the inner bowl onto a kitchen towel. Gently stir.
- Scoop up a serving and add toppings.
Oatmeal toppings: craisins, raisins, other dried fruit; almonds, walnuts, other nuts; peanut butter; dark chocolate chips; honey; etc.
|Place all of the oatmeal ingredients in the inner bowl|
and then gently pour water around the edge.
|Cover the crock pot and go to bed.|
Prepare to be impressed in the morning.
|Ta Da, wake up to luscious oatmeal and a wonderful aroma.|
|The apples will have puffed and floated to the top.|
|Give your creamy oatmeal a stir before serving.|
|Add your favorite toppings and serve yourself in your prettiest bowl.|
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