Slow Cooker Creamsicle Oatmeal – Orange Vanilla Goodness

Welcome to day 2 of love your oatmeal week! The taste of orange and vanilla together bring back childhood memories of hot summer afternoons. You can almost feel the sticky on your hands from your melted push-up if you close your eyes. Why did those things always leak anyhow?

Creamsicle Oatmeal

2 to 3 servings

**This recipe uses a smaller slow cooker that’s 1 1/2 to 2 quarts

  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2 cups orange juice (use low acid if you have a sensitive stomach)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons sweetener
    (This will vary on the sweetness or sourness of your OJ)
  • For serving: finely grated orange zest and the scraped insides of 1/3 a vanilla bean
  • So Delicious Coconut Milk (Unsweetened or Vanilla)
    (Use less sugar if you’re going to use vanilla coconut milk)

The night before: Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later. Add everything except sugar and for serving ingredients. Cook on low over night (7 to 9 hours).

In the morning: Stir your oatmeal well. It may seem watery at the top but if stirred it should become a more uniform consistency.  Stir in sweetener and vanilla paste scraped from inside of a whole vanilla bean.

Top each serving with orange zest and mix in some Vanilla So Delicious Coconut Milk. I was worried that it would curdle in the OJ, but I’m eating a bowl with it now and it worked great. If you’re having doubts, try adding a tablespoon coconut milk to a few tablespoons oatmeal first. That way if it doesn’t work for you all is not lost!

(I also tested it with So Delicious Coconut Creamer and it worked fine too.

**See Page Link on Menu Bar to get to Slow Cooker Oatmeal FAQS)

Comments

  1. This is awesome! I love this series. Thanks for showing me lots of ways to fall back in love with oatmeal (and to use up a box of oranges). I intended to cook this as instructed but had some glitches. I blended 2 oranges for juice and pulp (about 1 cup of liquid); didn’t add milk…and worst yet, forgot to plug in the slow cooker overnight! Ack! Turns out I didn’t even have the right size cooker. I used a Little Dipper and soaked the oats in the OJ overnight, then I plugged in for 1.5 hours in the morning and it was still fantastic.

    • Kathy Hester (geekypoet) says:

      I’m glad it all worked out in the end! Just one more reason to love oatmeal – it’s hard for it not to turn out.

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