Healthy Crock-Pot Oatmeal

My husband Rich and I have been trying to eat healthier.  No more bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches for our weekend breakfasts!  I’ve discovered steel-cut oats. I love the texture of the oats—nutty, crunchy, so good ! They are the healthiest variety of oats, but also take the longest to prepare.  Crock-Pot to the rescue!!  Since it’s just the two of us for breakfast, I purchased a small Crock-Pot just for the oats—a 1 1/2 to 2-quart size works great, plus they are inexpensive.  I start the oats the night before and have a healthy breakfast in the AM.  I add lots of good toppings, too!

Tips

– Be sure to spray the inside of the Crock-Pot with vegetable cooking spray.  If not, the oatmeal forms a sticky crusty coating on the sides of the Crock-Pot.
– Add dried fruit such as cranberries, blueberries, raisins, pineapple, apricot, apples—the combinations are endless.
– Add nuts, flax seeds, toasted wheat germ, granola—be creative!
– You can also add fresh fruit.  If I do, I get up a little early and add it about 1/2 hour before the oatmeal is done.
– I love adding brown sugar or a touch of maple syrup (okay, so much for being healthy!)
– If you have a large family, use a larger Crock-Pot and double or triple the recipe. To make a smaller amount as in this recipe, it is important to use the right size (smaller) Crock-Pot as specified above.

Here’s the recipe:

Makes 2 heaping servings

4 1/2 cups water
1 cup steel-cut oats
1/4 cup dried fruit
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– Spray inside of  1 1/2 – 2 quart crockpot with vegetable cooking spray.
– Place all ingredients in Crock-Pot.  Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

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5 Comments

Filed under Breakfast, Crock-Pot, Healthy

5 responses to “Healthy Crock-Pot Oatmeal

  1. L. Temple

    This sounds really great!! I love oatmeal made with steel-cut oats, but it really does take a long time. I never thought of doing it in a crock pot.
    I’ll be sure to keep reading & looking out for all your yummy recipes & ideas!
    L. Temple

  2. Melanie

    mom,

    great recipe, we bought a small crock pot and have been making it everyday last week! a nice addition is a teaspoon of vanilla! i put in raisins with the oatmeal overnight and once it is done i slice fresh bananas and sprinkle honey on top. this is a nice alternative to brown sugar because the honey is a little better for you and you don’t need much to sweeten it. definitely gives it an awesome flavor! next week i’m going to get some blueberries at the farmers market and add those in. i’m going to try your advice and put them in 30 minutes before i’m going to eat it! i love this site, keep blogging!

    love you!
    ❤ mel

  3. marilyn

    Hi
    I have been using steel cut oats for some time but never in a crock pot they are very healthy and great with cranberries and raisins good work thanks

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