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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.



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"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

63 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal

01/22/2010
Anonymous

3 stars because of the crockpot and not the recipe, which is great. I have used some variation for many years. However, I recently purchased a new crockpot--capacity, 1 1/2 quarts. To my surprise, I experienced sticking and overcooked oatmeal. To clean the pot, I actually had to use brute force after soaking it for some time in water (I use baking soda as the abrasive--and I almost used rock salt as well).

This was not my previous experience. The old crockpot was at most 1 quart in size and had only one setting-of unknown temperature. It was on only when plugged in. There was no sticking or major cleanup needed unless I used too little water.

I may retrieve the old crock pot from the garage despite the inconvenience of having to plug it in and one setting. It may be that the manufacturer has changed the specifications in the coating-->sticking. (I have sprayed with Pam and even coated the inside with butter, but these had no effect on the sticking problem.)

With the new crockpot, I should probably reduce the overall cooking time by at least 2 hours--if I remember to turn the crockpot at a later time.

One final note, I would never spend an hour and a half cooking oatmeal over a double boiler. I have followed the package directions of 30 minutes on top of the stove. That procedure does require more attention to stirring compared with none with a crock pot.

I hope we can get some feedback and recommendations from the person who tested the recipe before giving it to us and/or the crockpot manufacturer (Rival for me).

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01/20/2010
Anonymous

I set my crock pot for 7 hours and then it automatically goes to "warm" setting. I awoke after about 8 hours total time and while it wasn't exactly burned, the oatmeal was indeed stuck to the sides of the pot. If I tried to scrape it, the oatmeal was crunchy and a bit charred. Then the taste and texture of the oatmeal wasn't much better than just cooking a packet of quick oats in the microwave. I subbed skim milk for half of the water. Not worth the effort in my opinion.

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01/08/2010
Anonymous

I have a brand new crock pot and it has been working fine for everything else. I put it on low 8 hours (it is a new one that actually has time settings and goes to warm when it is done with that time). I got up this morning after only 7 hours 30 min and it is completely burned and glued to the sides of the pot. I'll be lucky if my brand new crock pot isn't ruined. I just got it for Christmas and I'm going to be extremely upset if it is already destroyed by some crappy recipe I found online. Soak, rinse, repeat....

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Anonymous wrote 1 year 30 weeks ago

WOW. It's not the poster's

WOW. It's not the poster's fault that you couldn't properly work the recipe. Maybe you shouldn't operate anything requiring electricity, hm?

01/04/2010
Anonymous

for the person whose oatmeal burned after 4 hours - either you had the slow cooker on high, or your cooker is defective. I've made steel cuts oatmeal this way for years with no problem, only delicious goodness.

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12/12/2009
Anonymous

I have been making this for years using apple juice in place of the water. I have never cooked fruit in the oats, just added on top with nuts and either a little maple syrup or agave nectar mixed in. I make a full recipe and store in a good container in the fridge for a week, makes for a quick, easy breakfast.

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