Thursday, October 17, 2013

Slow Cooker Breakfast: Basic Oatmeal

Oatmeal in the slow cooker - it's what's for breakfast.

It was so good and my kids (except the middle one) devoured it.  

I did a quick search through a couple of recipes last night to get the gist of what to do and made up my own version.  There is a brown sugar apple version I want to make, but decided to start simple in fear the kids would revolt if I went too extreme too soon....we'll work our way up to something a little fancier!

I knew chocolate had to be involved for this to even be a possibility.

I set the stage last night and told them I was going to make oatmeal and as a treat would be allowed to stir in 2 chocolate chips to melt through it.  They were game.

I enjoyed it myself very much and plan to do this once a week during the cold months.  It's almost 8:00 at night right now and I could go for some this second.

Basic slow cooker oatmeal
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/2 cup half-and-half (you can use milk)
Sprinkle of brown sugar

I threw in a handful of raspberries and they melted into everything...good idea if you have a picky eater to sneak it in.

In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to low heat. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.

I put it on before I went to bed and when we got up I let the kids sprinkle on their 2 chocolate chips. :) Couldn't have been easier.  I am going to throw in fresh berries before serving next time. Yum.

Get It Done Tip: Slow cookers are not just for dinner.  Not only can you make oatmeal, but there are tons of egg casseroles, french toast casserole recipes out on the web. Experiment and have fun! No prep or fuss in the morning...just show up, scoop and enjoy!

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