Slow Cooker Oatmeal = Good Comfort

crockpot-oatmeal

I love oatmeal for many reasons. It’s just SO good, good for you, is comforting and warms you from the inside. Ahhh. However sometimes I just wanna chuck a bowl of cereal at the ankle-biters, especially when its a cold morning and all I can think about is retreating to the electric blanket on the couch and read the news.

Enter cock pot oatmeal. This is genius (if I do say so myself), delicious, healthy and SO easy. The great part is you don’t have to make breakfast during those chilly mornings when your feet have an aversion to hitting the cold floor too often.

Slow cooker oatmeal is inexpensive, very customizable, high in fiber, low in fat and easy to scale up or down to fit your family size. Important note – use STEEL CUT oats. Regular oatmeal or quick oats will result in mushmeal.

Crockpot Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk (almond milk makes a good substitute)
1/4 cup brown sugar(optional)
1  TBS butter (optional)
1/2  tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Combine all in crockpot and cook on low for 8hrs.  Serve with milk & cinnamon sugar.

Variations:

Add up to 1 C raisins/dried fruit before cooking.
Add 1 chopped fresh apple before cooking.
Serve with a dollop preserves.
Serve with a dollop of  greek yogurt and drizzle with honey.

Miles is the Director of Content at North Idaho Wellness Magazine as well as a farmer in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. He's passionate about community, togetherness, food, and family. He writes about all the above and you can often find him at a cafe taping away on a keyboard. Email Miles with any questions you have - milest (at) gmail.com

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