Cook While You Sleep: Slow Cooker Oatmeal
This month, I'm coaching Marsha, a time-pressed mom who wants to find a way to make home-cooked meals for her family. After our first session, it was clear that her slow cooker would become her new best friend, an eager, tireless sous chef.
During our session, I mentioned a favorite slow-cooker breakfast of mine, oatmeal. When I was training for the NYC marathon, I had it before every early-morning training run. It put something warm in my belly at an hour I'd rather be asleep, plus it was hearty and homemade, a breakfast that made itself while I dreamt. Plus, the aromatherapy benefits are fantastic.
Please enjoy our email exchange below, and let us know if you give this a try!
I have been thinking since we talked yesterday about your suggestion of oatmeal in the slow cooker and I would like to try it one day this week. I figure it would also allow me to actually eat breakfast at home with my daughter one morning. Do you have a recipe you use?
Sure! The ratio is 1 cup oats (steel cut) to 4 cups liquid (go with water). I like to add dried fruit -- raisins are AMAZING -- they totally pop and become grape-like. A pinch of sugar, a cinnamon stick (or a pinch of cinnamon if you don't have a stick), and you're good to go. When you serve it, pour a little whole milk on top, YUM.
Some people add butter or maple syrup; you can do that, but they're high in calories, so keep that in mind. Other dried fruits like apricots, cherries, or even some toasted sliced almonds on top are delicious.
Enjoy; let me know how it goes!
I will let you know how the oatmeal works, I am going to do it tonight for tomorrow AM! The steel cut oats are sure small, my daughter was a bit concerned, but I convinced her they will grow in the water!
Love that your daughter is noticing the difference between steel cut and regular oats. She's five and can tell the difference between different kinds of OATS! How terrific is that?
Oatmeal turned out great!! It smelled so good this morning! I made enough to stick in the fridge and have to warm up for other breakfasts. I am excited to try it again with other things in it. I just did the raisins, cinnamon stick (did two) and sugar. My daughter added brown sugar and a bit of sugar free syrup to hers. I just ate it as is. Thanks for such a great idea!!