Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Lately, we have been rediscovering steel cut oats. They are delicious and far more nutritious than old fashioned or quick cooking oatmeal. Here is a recipe that I have been making lately in our trusted slow cooker. The best part: it is ready to eat right when you wake up!

Serves 6

2 cups steel cut oats (look for GF, if need be)
4 cups of water
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 small apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I like red varieties)
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries
2 tablespoons of butter or margarine, chopped into small pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

Add all ingredients to a slow cooker. Cook on low setting for 8 hours. If desired, serve with steamed milk of choice (soy, rice, cow's milk, coconut milk, etc.).

Unused portions can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container up to 3 days.



Michelle said...

I was thinking about steel cut oatmeal in the slow cooker just the other day! Another friend soaks the oats overnight so that they will cook in about the same amount of time as rolled oats, but you just can't beat the convenience of breakfast cooking overnight. My stepmom also puts in little chunks of apples, and I do like them too.

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What difference shall it make?And however long can it take to cook oatmeal?Please can you explain I am really confused.

Heidi Miller said...

Revision Rhinoplasty: Not sure where you are confused. The big advantage to cooking it this way is that it is ready when you wake up in the morning. In my house, with two little ones and general insanity during the early hours of the day... this sort of recipe is fabulous. I would highly recommend the steel cut oats over the other kind as they taste so much better.

Heidi Miller said...

But if you are able to do it the traditional way, do that! I am sure that it is also quite wonderful! Thank you for posting your comments, by the way. I love to know what people think and question when they read the blog; recipes, especially!