Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

| 11/14/2014 8:50:00 AM

We avoid processed cereal at our house, relying on simple, healthy, home-cooked food instead. That makes a quick breakfast difficult. We like oatmeal a lot. I wanted to try something new and came across steel cut oats. I tried cooking steel cut oats on the stove, but it always took too long and they came out too chewy for my taste. I also found it too fussy to have to constantly stir the pot it so the oats wouldn't stick.

oatsWhen I discovered that steel cut oats can be made in the crock pot I realized I'd found my new favorite breakfast food!

Steel cut oats are good for you because they won't make your blood sugar rise quickly, it's a slow release. And they taste great! There are many ways to vary the recipe so it stays new to you. You could change the seeds and nuts and experiment with different fruits.

I make this recipe once a week and refrigerate leftovers. I heat up what I want each day. It's possible to make it overnight but I prefer to do it while I'm there to stir and check on the level of dryness.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
4 tablespoons raw pepitas (shelled pumpkin seeds)
8 cups almond milk (or soy or coconut milk)
4 tablespoons roasted, salted sunflower seeds
2 teaspoons vanilla (can be omitted if using vanilla almond or soy milk)
1/4 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
1/4 cup wheat bran
Add-ins: 2 finely chopped apples OR 3/4 cup pumpkin OR 1/2 cup orange juice