You wake up to the smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen. You are suddenly startled with confusion of who woke up early enough to prepare breakfast for your entire family. Then, you remember… that fantastic smell is coming from your crockpot. While you slept all night the crockpot was hard at work preparing your family’s breakfast. You walk into the kitchen and are able to serve hot fresh oatmeal in just minutes!
Thanks to Janelle over at Comfy in the Kitchen, for sharing a similar recipe recently that inspired us to make this a reality in our ‘oatmeal-loving home!’ We have all fallen in love with this easy Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal! It’s perfect to throw in the crockpot on a Sunday evening and then wake up to on an early Monday morning. A great way to start the day or the week! I can’t imagine how wonderful it will be to wake to up on those cold winter mornings as well!
1 cup steel cut oats (NOT Quick Oats!)
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
1 TBS margarine/butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized ceramic bowl, that fits inside your crockpot.
2. Place the ceramic bowl inside your crockpot. Add water in the crockpot until to reaches the middle of the ceramic bowl to create a ‘water bath’ for your oatmeal. This prevents the oatmeal from overcooking and sticking to the sides of the bowl!
3. Cook on low for 8hrs. Serve with milk. Top with your favorite ‘toppings’!
*Topping Suggestions: Fresh Fruit, Crasins, Raisins, Walnuts, Pecans, Chopped Apples, Honey, Jam/Preserves, Cinnamon/Sugar, Vanilla or Almond Extract,
*Our Family Favorite Oatmeal Trick is to add cold applesauce (store bought or homemade) depending on what we have at home. This cools the oatmeal down quickly for hungry and impatient little ones, adds 1-2 servings of fruit, and is delicious! My husband and I began doing this with our boys’ oatmeal, and now we all four eat oatmeal this way!