I love oatmeal! Steel Cut and regular old fashioned rolled oats are so yummy, delicious and good for you! Not to mention cheaper to buy, especially if you buy in bulk. Plus those instant oatmeal packets are loaded full of crap usually. You get the most health benefits from the kind of oatmeal you need to cook vs the instant package kind as well. However preparing and cooking non instant oatmeal can be quite a pain, well not so bad, but it takes time. Luckily I came across several options and ideas for making oats ahead of time in batches as well as an option of using a slower cooker for it! just google crockpot oats or overnight oats and you get tons of ideas! the yummy life has quite a few good ideas and recipes, which is where I found this recipe. I particularly like this one because it is dairy free, so my little boy can eat it too! I have been experimenting with this recipe quite a lot! I like adding more bananas then the recipe calls for. also I definitely prefer doubling the recipe. I can’t do more than double it though b/c my crockpot would overflow. those oats really expand in there!!!! A nice variation is doubling everything plus add a can of pumpkin. delicious!!!!!!!!
these are the steel cut oats I have been buying. They are at Trader Joes, Whole Foods and Market Basket so I pick them up where ever I happen to be!
Slow Cooker, Banana & Coconut Milk Steel-Cut Oatmeal
from the yummy life
Servings: 7 (3/4-cup) servings
2 medium ripe bananas, sliced (approx. 2 cups)
2 (14 oz) cans light coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 cup steel cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces, optional (omit or substitute margarine for lactose-free, vegan – we omit!)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnishes: additional sliced bananas, chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts, toasted coconut, maple syrup, additional brown sugar, additional coconut milk or butter
Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 7 hours. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.
To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup milk or water. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.