Crockpot oatmeal

by - Sunday, February 20, 2011

I've mentioned my love of hot cereals before. I'm loving oatmeal even more now that winter has returned to Northern California after our brush with spring. I have been putting oats in the crockpot at night before I go to bed so that I have a hot and delicious breakfast waiting for me when I wake up.

Whether you like the texture of rolled (old fashioned) oats or steel cut, the nutritional value is about the same (more info on that here). I have been using oat groats (aka whole oats) because I really like their hearty texture but any kind of oats (except for instant) will work well in this recipe.


Crockpot Oatmeal
Makes about 4 servings
  • 1 cup oats of choice (I like oat groats)
  • 3 cups of water (or recommended ratio of water +1 cup)
  • Optional mix-ins: chopped apples, raisins, dried, cranberries, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, etc.
  1. Put oats, water, and mix-ins in crockpot and turn on low overnight*.
  2. To serve, I stir in 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter and top with a bit of unsweetened vanilla almond milk.
*Tip: If you find that your oats are sticking to the crockpot, try adding a bit more water the next time or use a holiday light timer to turn your crockpot off for you while you're still getting your beauty sleep!

Leftovers can be refrigerated and re-heated in the microwave with a little non-dairy milk. Feel free to get creative with the optional mix-ins!


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  1. Yum. I love a hot breakfast too but sometimes there's just no time. What a great idea.

  2. The holiday light timer is a great idea.

  3. Wow what a great idea! This will come in handy with providing a nutritious breakfast for my 4 kiddos :) Thanks for sharing!


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