Slow Cooker Maple Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Maple Oatmeal

It is getting chilly out there and hot oatmeal in the morning is just what is needed to warm you up and start your day.  Steel cut oats are minimally processed and they make great tasting oatmeal! Using a slow cooker makes the process super easy and makes your house smell amazing…

I made this oatmeal in my kitchen on Sunday so I could have oatmeal all week long.  It took just over 3 hours on high in the slow cooker.  I did stir it a few times because it started to boil a bit and I didn’t want it to stick or get mushy.  I had 6 containers to transfer the oatmeal to when it was done and now I have oatmeal ready for breakfast everyday this week.  I take the top off of the container, pop it in the microwave for two minutes and it is steaming when it comes out.  I actually reheated one at work this morning and everyone was commenting on how good it smelled.  I brought it to my office, dropped some blueberries on top and added just a bit more almond milk.  YUM.

Oatmeal is not just good for you.  It is high in fiber and protein and is full of vitamins and minerals, all good reasons to make oatmeal a frequent breakfast choice.  One of my reasons for eating it, other than it tastes delightful, is it keeps me full forever.  I don’t even think about food for hours…and I always think about food.  Soluble fiber is really filling and keeps you from, well, getting constipated, and who wants that?

My favorite thing about oatmeal is that you can top it with just about anything.  If you want it sweeter add some real maple syrup or sprinkle on some brown sugar.  If you are looking to keep it healthy, add some nuts or fruit, or both! Oatmeal is versatile, it’s filling and it’s good for you.  Enough said.

Slow Cooker Maple Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp maple extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a 4 quart slow cooker and cook on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally, until the oats are soft. Top with fruit or nuts.

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