Sometimes cold cereal just doesn’t cut it for breakfast. It’s hard to get a quick hot breakfast in the morning when you’re in a rush. Then there are the times you’d like a quick breakfast for guests when you’ve planned an early start for a fun outing. Enter my Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal.
I do like oatmeal and all the options that go with it. The hard part is the time it takes to make it. I thought of a few different ways to short-cut the cooking time. I tried most of them. There are many ways. One is the par cook and presoaking method for a quick final cooking the next morning. Another is you can always use a pressure cooker. One could always cook it the night before and reheat it the next day or two; that’s way too much trouble. The one I like the best is using a crockpot to make my oatmeal while I sleep.
Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal
- 4 Quart Crockpot
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- A pinch or two of salt
- Canola oil
Just before you go to bed, coat the sides and bottom of the crockpot with a bit of oil. Pour oats in a 4 Quart Crockpot. Mix to combine. Cook on low overnight for 7 to 9 hours. Remove any skin that may have formed on top and discard. Add the salt, cinnamon and give the oatmeal a quick stir to incorporate. Serve with pitchers of milk and cream and any desired add-ins such as raisins, nuts, fresh or dried fruit, cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of white or brown sugar. Any leftovers can be refrigerated and reheated the next day.
Add In Options to Slow Cooker: 2 cups dried fruit of your choice such as raisins, cranberries, figs, cherries etc. A combination of different fruits are fun.
Notes: The longer the steel-cut oatmeal cooks, the creamier it gets. The better the crockpot, the better the results. My favorite all-time crockpot is by All-Clad. It may be expensive, but you will never need another one, ever. It’s worth the price. I’ll often make a larger batch and refrigerate it for the next few morning. To reconstitute your refrigerated oatmeal, place the amount of oatmeal you wish to eat in a saucepan, add a bit of water and reheat over medium-low heat until hot and you’re good to go.
It’s such a pleasure to get up in the morning and have our oatmeal ready and waiting for us. It’s a fast healthy and wholesome breakfast that we enjoy quite often. When we have a larger crowd we set up an oatmeal bar with all the various add-in options. The cool part is, with all the variety add-ins available, everyone can customize their own oatmeal to their liking. If I have a person who isn’t into oatmeal, I offer them my homemade granola or muesli, making everyone happy.
Time to eat…
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