Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

Every Sunday night my daughter makes this slow cooker oats recipe.  On Monday morning she has warm oatmeal and there is enough left over to heat up every morning for the rest of the week.  It's a good way to have a nice warm breakfast quickly.  She has a dairy allergy so she uses Almond milk, but any milk would work.  The recipe calls for steel cut oats.  That is necessary.  Regular oatmeal doesn't work as well.  Steel cut oats are the the inner portion of the oat kernel. Rather than being rolled flat like rolled oats, they are hulled and cut into smaller pieces.  Because they aren’t rolled, they undergo less processing. We have a Mennonite store nearby which sells Steel Cut Oats for a very good price, but they are available in every grocery store.

Ingredients for making slow cooker steel cut oatmeal.

This is her slow cooker oats recipe.
She omits the butter and brown sugar, but I think that would be a great addition.   She sprays the slow cooker with Pam and doesn't add the raisins or craisins because they get bloated and she thinks they look yucky.  She has some texture issues.  I would put craisins and almonds in.  Set a timer to turn on the slow cooker so it cooks for 7.5 hours on low.

1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cup water or milk (I use Almond Milk)
1 cup apple, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Nuts, craisins or raisins optional

I think this looks delicious, and I can't wait to make it myself.  I make oatmeal almost every morning and this would add a little variety.  Thanks Heather for the recipe.

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