After having a talk one morning after bootcamp about make ahead breakfasts, and overnight breakfasts I decided to do a little research and see what I could come up with. I found so many great recipes out there so I promise you, after some family experiments, there will be more to come. For now, I really liked the idea of the slow cookers. It’s nice to be able to have one less things to worry about in the morning. Or if you are like myself, this is also fantastic for shift workers. Come home in the morning, mix up the ingredients and wake up in the afternoon to the lovely smell of cinnamon and apples and a warm bowl of oatmeal.
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
- 1 1/2 cups of milk
- 1 1/2 cups of water
- 1 cup of uncooked steel-cut oats (we like Bob’s Red Mill)
- 2-3 tablespoons of brown sugar
- butter – enough to coat the slow cooker pot
- 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
- 1 tablespoon of cinnamon (you may like to start with less and add more to each individual bowl)
- 2 tablespoons ground flax
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
- Coat the inside of the slow cooker with butter. Just enough so the oatmeal won’t stick. Some people suggested cooking spray, but I prefer butter.
- I combine all the ingredients in a bowl stirred them up and carefully poured them into the crock pot, the pouring was probably the biggest challenge!
- Cook on low for approx 7 hours on low.
Already to go!
7 hours later, a warm and wonderful start to the day!
Things to Keep in Mind:
The cooking time may vary depending on the style of the crock pot. The first time you make it you may want to make it during the day so you can keep an eye on it. This will re-heat nicely. You can add a little milk and warm it in the microwave. Add different garnishes to your taste. Think raisins, a little maple syrup, try different types of nuts. Many recipes advised to add the nuts later. I actually like them as part of the cooking process. They soften a little, which I find a much more pleasant experience in this oatmeal then hitting a hard “crunch”. With the milk this almost has a rice pudding consistency. If all you’ve ever had is instant oatmeal – you are in for a bit of a surprise. If you are not a fan, give it a few tries. I’m sure once you get used to this it will be hard to go back to the synthetic over-sweetened taste of the instant packages.