I’m going to go out on a limb here and say I’ve made this recipe at least 20 times. Maybe even 30. Not exaggerating.
And I owe you all an apology for not sharing this slow cooker oatmeal with you sooner. You see, at first, I wasn’t really sure if it was “blog-worthy.” It’s not fancy, it has only 5 ingredients, and it doesn’t look all that pretty once it’s cooked up in your slow cooker.
But I thought about the How To Eat MO – inspiring and teaching individuals and families to cook simple and healthful meals and share these meals with your family and friends. Well, what better breakfast to share with your family and friends in the cold winter months (yes, those are slowly approaching) than a big bowl of steaming hot and creamy steel cut oatmeal?
And this recipe definitely feeds a crowd! You could definitely scale it down if you’d like, but this will feed my family of four for an entire week of breakfasts. Cook once, eat all week. Doesn’t get much better than that.
As I said before, this steel cut oatmeal is pretty straight forward. A mixture of steel cut oats, water, milk (whatever you’ve got on hand), a little vanilla, and salt. And whatever you do, don’t forget that salt! It acts to bring out all the flavour locked in those oats. From here, you can jazz up your own bowl to your heart’s desire! Here are some of my favourite oatmeal combinations:
- Peanut butter & banana
- Raisins & almonds or cashews
- Strawberries & yogurt
- Apples, cinnamon, & pecans (if you’re looking for a straight up apple version, check out this recipe)
We don’t like our oatmeal too sweet in my house, but if you want to add some sweetness, you can never go wrong with a drizzle or two of maple syrup. Or go for my daughter’s favourite combo – chocolate chips and more chocolate chips.
The absolute best part about this recipe is that it’s completely hands off. Once you mix everything together in your slow cooker and switch it to low, you get to go to sleep knowing your breakfast will be ready and waiting for you in the morning. This oatmeal reheats beautifully in the microwave so I like to portion it out into individual containers. And I’m kind of a weirdo – I also like these oats cold. Don’t knock it till you try. it.
I want to hear your favourite combos! What’s your favourite way to top your bowl of oatmeal?