Overnight Oatmeal

Winter 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking.

"I made this exactly as the recipe calls for, but I added a bit of vanilla and some cinnamon. It was great, but my 4 year old and 22 month old didn't like it. It made way too much for just me to eat (because my husband wouldn't try it! lol...

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Add a tablespoon of crunchy style peanut butter per serving. Don't forget the cinnamon

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week's supply of oatmeal

This is a great method for serving special oatmeal for a crowd. For myself I put 1 cup steel cut oats with 4 cups water in a 3qt. casserole, cover and put in an oven heated to 400 degrees - turn off the oven and leave overnight - next morning you've got a week's worth of oatmeal. I put it in a covered container and refrigerate for a week.

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Anonymous wrote 3 years 29 weeks ago

Try this recipe substituting

Try this recipe substituting the cranberries and apricots with a few large, crisp apples chopped up into nice chunks. I always add cinnamon and ginger. Also, to avoid sticking, butter around the crock pot before adding ingredients so it does not stick when done. I make this when it is my turn to bring breakfast into work, and I also bring in brown sugar, milk, walnuts, etc. for folks to add as they wish. The stuff is gone within minutes!

Yummy Perfection every morning!

We make this everyday. For two of us, that means 11/2 cups of water with 3/8 cups of steel cut oats placed in a 2 cup Pyrex liquid measuring cup. (or 2 cups of water and 1/2 cup of oats if you like large portions) Pyrex cup is then placed in crockpot which is then filled with water to near the top of the outside of the measuring cup. Turn the crock pot on low and plug it in. The amount of time - anywhere from 6 to 10 hours - doesn't seem to affect the consistency of the oatsmeal. In the morning, wonderful, warm, tasty oatmeal. I add the fruit and cinnamon. I use an old inexpensive Rival crockpot. the clean-up is minimal - rinse out the pyrex measuring cup and you are ready for the next day.

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Anonymous wrote 3 years 47 weeks ago

I have been making this type

I have been making this type oatmeal for over a year and love it. Will try the crock pot method and see if that works as well. I make a large Tupperware bowl full about once a week and it keeps fine in the fridge. I sweeten slightly with real maple syrup & cinnemon, add a handful of slivered almonds after I nuke my morning serving.

Worked very well

I just got my first slow cooker (4 quart) and this was the first recipe I tried. Because I read all of the 43 reviews, I must add my two cents now. I realized that anything could happe overnight and warned my husband that the oats might not be edible.

At first I halved the recipe but noticed it did not fill up my slow cooker to at least half as recommended. So then used 3/4 of the amount instead. I set it for 7 hours and then it was on warm for at least 2-3 hours. It worked perfectly. The oats are chewy, nothing burned to the crock - everything worked as planned. I added dried cranberries, two fresh bananas and some fresh pineapple, a cinnamon stick and some cardamon. Normally I make oat groats - I steam them and then add fruit, nuts and some form of milk (almond, soy) and that works out great. I think even with this recipes, it would work out better to add the fresh fruit at the end. Next time I will try making slow cooked oat groats (those are the very best - they need be be soaked first). I am sure that the people that had problems either used the wrong kind of oats or their slow cooker cooked too hot. My new one is a Calphalon 4 quart - so far so good.

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Anonymous wrote 4 years 8 weeks ago

I never stir old fashion

I never stir old fashion oatmeal while it is cooking because it becomes slimy if I do. Instead, I cook it over low heat after adding it to boiling water and giving it a quick stir. It comes out perfectly in 5 minutes.

Try using apple juice instead of water

If you substitite apple juice for one-half the water, it enhnces the flavor.


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