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food: overnight slow cooker oats

rise and shine! it’s way too early in the morning… and while I’ve done my fair share of early rises (competitive swimming as a kid and a husband that wakes at 5am for work will do that) I’ve never really been the type that leaps out of bed.
I find myself terribly inefficient in the morning. I walk in circles forgetting what I’m doing. my multitasking is weak at best. basically what I’m saying is that I’ll take all the help I can get.
I’ve also never been much of a breakfast person. give me that coffee (or 3) and I’ll be good until lunch (or 2pm if I’m working) and while I’m aware it’s not healthy, it’s been a lifelong struggle.
sweet is not for me… it’s rare that I crave a sweet breakie, I usually lean more towards savory. and if I’m really being honest, it’s toast or an english muffin or a bagel that I really want. carbs. all of them.
anyways, these are all bad habits that are ripe for the breaking.
one sweetish thing that I can get into is oatmeal. but because those convenient little pouches are sugar bombs, I figured it was time to make my own. so last night I made some steel cut oats in the slow cooker overnight. let me just tell you how delightful it is to wake up to breakfast done. about as delightful as coming home after work to a slow cooker dinner. (I love that damn slow cooker)
okay. oats; here ya go.

overnight slow cooker apple cinnamon oats
– 1 cup steel cut oats
– 2 cups almond milk
– 2 cups water
– 1 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
– 2 apples peeled & chopped
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– pinch of salt
– 2 tbsp sweetener (honey, brown sugar ect. I used vanilla sugar)
– coconut oil to oil slow cooker
– toppings for the morning as desired. (dried fruit, maple syrup, walnuts, chia seed ect)

oil slow cooker well. do NOT skip this step. you will not be happy if you have to chisel out your breakfast.
mix all ingredients well in slow cooker
turn on to low setting and cook 6-7 hours depending on how hot your cooker is. (if possible try this recipe out during the day or when you’re home to check on it)
stir when done, top as desired and chow down! leftovers can be kept in fridge and reheated adding milk if it gets too thick.

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this is a pretty basic recipe with lots of room to play around with flavors and different fruits. I’ve heard banana works well but read to avoid raisins in the slow cooker, apparently it’s better to add them as a topping.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jen
    Jan 14, 2014 @ 09:48:37

    Looks and sounds delicious! I’m the same way when it comes to mornings and breakfasts. I found that a quick frozen berry + protein smoothie is the way to go for ease of prep and consuming, but when it’s a dark and cold morning it’s hard to swallow down a freezing cold meal. This oats thing I will do immediately!

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