Monday, May 6, 2013

Slow Cooker Banana Steel Cut Oats

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Our weekends often begin with pancakes, biscuits, or waffles, and plenty of my dad’s homemade sausage and bacon.  But as we all know, weekdays are all about business.  My most frequently eaten breakfast is oatmeal.  Sometimes I do a cold/raw oat muesli, as it’s quick & easy for me to prepare in the mornings.  But I must admit I get a little tired of it if I eat it too many times in a row.  Lately I had really been missing warm oats, which I used to have time to prepare, before Elliott came along.  But our mornings now are very busy, as I have to get myself ready, him ready, walk the dog, etc, etc.  There’s no time to cook a warm breakfast on a weekday morning.  I’m so glad I realized I could cook steel cut oats overnight in the slow cooker.  This has solved my dilemma!

Whether I am eating warm or cold oats, I certainly like my variety of mix-ins.  I just can’t eat the same exact thing every day.  I love that oatmeal is so adaptable.  It’s delicious with a variety of fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, chocolate, and different sweeteners.  I’ve been able to give my morning oatmeal a different spin each day!  One day I topped it with sorghum, the next a large dollop of nutella, another day fresh strawberries, and another day chopped walnuts and a touch of maple syrup.  Making a large batch of steel cut oats during the day on Sunday, or overnight Sunday night, ensures I have breakfast ready for the entire week!  The best part is that these steel cut oats really help me feel full for hours.

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Slow Cooker Banana Steel Cut Oats

Ingredients:

Unsalted butter
10 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats
1/2 cup half & half
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 mashed ripe bananas, about 1 1/2 cups
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Coat the insert of the slow cooker with a thin layer of butter. Add the water, oats, half & half, brown sugar, salt, and banana and stir to combine.

Cover and cook on low until the oats are cooked through and creamy, about 7 to 8 hours. Stir in the vanilla and serve immediately.

adapted from Chowhound

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5 Responses to “Slow Cooker Banana Steel Cut Oats”

  1. 1

    I really need to try this! I swore off oatmeal and then returned to it with baked oatmeal and loved it. But I have no time in the morning during the week to cook, so this would be a great solution! That pic with the dollop of nutella has me thinking that’s a great combo!

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    I fell back in love with my slow cooker once I discovered I could have breakfast ready in the morning too! Definitely gotta keep it changing with the add=ins.

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    kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts — May 8, 2013 @ 4:35 pm

    My spouse is the weekday oatmeal fan in the family, and would you believe he’s happy to put a big ol scoop of peanut butter in his bowl of microwaved oats + water.
    If I were an ‘eat when I wake up’ person, I would be all about the mix ins like you have shown, Erin. I love the variety of options!

    Thank you.

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    Jen — May 9, 2013 @ 12:13 pm

    I go through major phases with breakfast. I’ll eat the same thing for literally years and then wake up one day to decide I’m sick of it. It’s not gradual either. Right now I alternate between yogurt with fruit and granola or juice from our juicer. When I get sick of those, I think oatmeal is going to be my next breakfast. Especially if it’s this simple to prepare…

  5. 5

    You are THE best! I love steel cut oats and I love when they have banana. But I hate making them. I can’t wait to try them out in my slow cooker!!

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