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I have fallen back into my winter obsession with oatmeal. It’s just too easy to make in a slow cooker and I can just throw it into a thermos and go to work. Though I love waking up on a Saturday morning to the ease of it too. Not only does oatmeal taste yummy, but it’s even good for you!
There are a few things to keep in mind when you are cooking oatmeal in a slow cooker. The most important thing is to use steel cut oats and not rolled oats. Steel cut can hold up to an 8 hour plus cooking time much better than rolled oats. I’ve heard horror stories of waking up to burnt rolled oats!
If you are concerned about clean up, spray the crock with a little oil before adding the ingredients. But be aware that even if you spray your crock with oil some oatmeal will still stick to the sides. To clean it out simply fill it with water in the morning. It will come out easily that evening. I fill mine with water, then drain off the excess water and give my dog the oatmeal that was stuck to the sides. She loves it and it’s good for her coat.
You can add the spices the night before, but you will need to add extra in the morning. So if you’re on a tight budget I’d just add them in the morning. I like to wake up to a wonderful smelling house so I add them the night before.
Unfortunately slow cookers run at different temperatures depending on age and manufacturer. So there is some trial and error in getting everything just right for your slow cooker. I have one newer model that I add some extra water to and 2 others that use this recipes just fine as is. If you think you might sleep in go ahead and add a little extra water then too.
You can also use almond milk as your liquid. Just be mindful that if your applesauce has citric acid or lemon juice it will be a curdled mess. So make sure to check the ingredients before doing that. If you find yourself with no applesauce on hand you can add 1 apple that’s been peeled, cored, and cut into smallish chunks. You will be able to mash it with the back of a wooden spoon in the morning.
** Make sure to check out my other oatmeal recipes. I have almost 40 different flavors!
Serves: 2 to 3 servings
- ½ cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- ½ cup applesauce
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon cardamom
- 1 to 2 pinches allspice
- 1 to 2 pinches cloves
- sweetener to taste (I use about 1 tablespoon agave nectar)
- Toppings for serving: granola, walnuts, raisins, or pecans
- The night before: Spray your crock with some oil to help with clean up later. Add oats, water, and applesauce. 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 be a more uniform consistency. Stir in sweetener and add spices to suit your tastes (the amounts are just guidelines). Put in bowls (or a thermos) and top with what you are in the mood for that day. Granola makes it seem more like a pie since it adds a little crunch.
- Pear sauce, all fruit jam, and flavored applesauces can be used in place of the plain applesauce. It's one if the easiest ways to get creative with your morning oatmeal routine!