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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.



READER'S COMMENT:
"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...
Overnight Oatmeal

67 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal

03/27/2010
Anonymous

Great, quick and most of all—nutritious—recipe. I prepare it all the time.
I do have a question: Why do we have to add salt? What's the benefit?
Albert

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02/19/2010
Anonymous

I made it exactly as the recipe said to and ended up tossing it the next morning. I love slow-cooking steel cut oats, but it had a thick crusted layer on top and was burnt on the sides and bottom. I only get 6 or 7 hours sleep at night so it wasn't as if I left it for 8 to 10 hours like it says in the directions, and I had it on low, so there was no reason why that should have happened. I will stick with stove top from now on!

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02/19/2010
Anonymous
UPDATE to earlier comments. I

UPDATE to earlier comments.

I posted an earlier lengthy comment about my new crock pot. Because of an oversite, I conducted an unexpected experiment; I didn't turn on the crock pot until very late and as a result, the oatmeal cooked about 4 hours. Everything was perfect! There was no sticking, so cleanup was easy.

It may be that for Rival (my brand) the new low temperature is higher than with my old crock pot, which I may still resurrect from the garage.

It's great that some recent posters had unfailingly positive experiences. As for me, I don't expect that my new crock pot will ever have those results.

However, I may experiment with using more water over long cooking times. And, yes, I use steelcut oats. (I really don't want to go back to the old crock pot.)

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02/19/2010
Anonymous

Those of you who burned the oatmeal weren't using the "Smart -Pot" crockpot, were you? I have three crockpots, and have all but retired the [not-so-]Smart-Pot because it burned everything I ever tried in it. I haven't tried this recipe in my average-intelligence crock pot, but plan to do so and will update. I do plan on seeking out non-instant steel cut oats, to be safe.
I gave it three stars because I was required to rate it in order to comment... Hoping not to skew the results that way.

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02/12/2010
Anonymous

I've tried making oatmeal with my mini crockpot and my bigger one. It just doesn't work overnight. It ends up being so mushy, even a baby wouldn't want to eat it. If you like your oatmeal as mushy as mashed potatoes, go ahead. It doesn't matter what kind of oatmeal you use either. While your oatmeal is cooking in the morning, get dressed or workout, steel cut oats take 15-20 mins, you control it to your liking. By the time you're done, so is the oatmeal and you don't have to waste time cleaning and scrubbing the heck out of your crockpot (which you shouldn't soak in water because it will get weak and crack over time). This is a good way to get creative in the morning and get fibre, protein, fruit and energy!!

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