Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Who doesn’t love a yummy warm breakfast in the morning? I know its always a big hit in our house. Since having our newest addition, my husband has been helping out and giving a bottle in the morning so I can get some extra zzzzz’s. Unfortunately, he kept running out of time to make himself breakfast before work. So I started making crock pot breakfasts!

Our favorite: oatmeal!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil (butter is also good)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar (you can substitute maple syrup, agave, etc)
  • 2½ cups milk
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal (not rolled oats)
  • 2 cups water

Directions:

Add all the ingredients in crock pot other than the water and stir it up.  Then add in the water. If you add all your liquid before stirring the cinnamon will float on top.

The oil or butter is needed to help keep the oatmeal from sticking.

Cook on low for about 8 hours.

Stir before you serve.

 

Notes:

I find that there is slightly less liquid than we’d prefer, but it works out better for us because my husband eats at a different time then my son and I. My husband puts the crock pot on warm once he eats. Also, I add cold milk to the oatmeal for my son and it cools it off for him.  I just use warm water to get it to the consistency that I prefer.

This is just a base oatmeal and may/probably will need more sweetener (especially if you have a sweet tooth like my family does). My husband likes to add honey, my son and I like to add maple syrup.  I always add chopped walnuts.  I sometimes add ground flax seed for added nutrition.

If you have checked out many crock pot recipes, you’ll learn that there can be quite a variation on crock pot temperatures. I promise, oatmeal in the crock pot is a good idea. If you try this and it is too watery, cut back on the liquid. If its too thick, add more liquid.  You may just have to fine tune it a little bit according to your own crock pot. Also, older crock pots have a tendency to be lower in temperature than newer ones (has to do with meat cooking – less law suits for burnt meat rather than uncooked meat). I have a new crock pot (about a year old) my old one died and I CANNOT live without my crock pot.

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