Best oatmeal recipe ever! I like my oatmeal so thick that a spoon will stand up in it, no milk, no sugar, just some fresh fruit. I purchase my steel cut oats at a local Mennonite store and pay only 69 cents per pound in bulk, a lot cheaper that the local grocery store. Last Christmas, I gave the oats, dried fruit and the recipe as gifts which were raved about.
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.
63 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal
My husband and I have been fixing steel cut oats in a small Chefmate(1.5 qt.)crockpot for several years now.
We have a timer set to come on at 3 am and it's ready to eat by 7am. Our ratio is 2 cups water to
1/2 cup of oats....on warm which is the lowest setting on ours. To clean up, I just put hot soapy water in to soak the removable crockpot insert and it's a breeze. We add bananas, walnuts, fresh berries if we have them, ground flax seed, and a little honey to the cooked oatmeal. We haven't tried the dried cranberries or apricots, but that sounds tasty, too. I don't see the need for the salt. My husband's cholesterol has dropped 60 points!
I have not tried using the crockpot but I have been using a recipe I got off a box of steel-cut oats for a long time. I bring 4 cups water (no salt) to a boil, add 1 cup steel-cut oats, remove from heat, stir, cover. I stir again before I go to bed, let sit overnight. In the morning, I put the amount of oatmeal I want in a bowl, add nonfat milk, fresh blueberries or whatever fruit I want, and fresh ground flax seed. I refrigerate the rest to have another day. The nonstick pan is breeze to clean. I rated 3 stars only because of readers comments about using crockpots as steel-cut oats are the best.
I should have read the comments before trying this. I, too, woke up to a layer of burned oats along the inside walls of my crockpot. Such a disappointment, as I was very excited about waking up to a delicious breakfast!
If cleaning the crockpot is the issue and not the oatmeal, use crockpot liners. They are fantastic!! No cleanup.