March 6, 2012 at 10:26 am
by Heather Eng
After reading Irina’s rave review of her latest slow cooker oatmeal recipe, I decided I also needed to make steel cut oats in the crock-pot. I love oatmeal–in fact, I’ve eaten it every morning (with a hard-boiled egg) for the past three years. So this seemed right up my alley. I like my oatmeal on the plain side–just oats with a little skim milk–and I made my crock-pot version accordingly.
I thought this would be the easiest meal I’d ever make in a slow cooker, but it turned out to be the only one I botched to the point of being inedible. My slow cooker gets really hot and I have to reduce my cook times by at least an hour or two, for most recipes. Apparently, I didn’t do that enough on my first oatmeal attempt. Eight hours on low burned it so badly that it took a day of soaking before I could scrub the charred remains off the bowl.
But the oatmeal turned out fabulous after I revised the recipe. First, I measured a cup of steel cut oats, two cups of milk and three cups of water.
Then, I mixed the ingredients in my slow cooker bowl, put on the lid and set the timer for 4.5 hours on LOW.
The next morning it was done. It was richer, heartier and creamier than my usual old fashioned oats and I’ll definitely be making it again!
Simple Slow Cooker Oatmeal (adapted from Family Circle‘s Overnight Oatmeal recipe)
Makes: 5 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Slow Cook: 4.5 hours on LOW
1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups skim milk
3 cups water
1. Coat the slow cooker bowl with nonstick cooking spray. Combine oats, milk and water in the bowl. Cover and cook for 4.5 hours on LOW.
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Heather Eng is web editor of FamilyCircle.com.