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I don't bust out the crock pot very often, but I do have a few favorites I like to make in it come winter time. Cold, dark mornings are not really my thing, so the following recipe comes in handy during those dreary months when I don't want to get out of bed in the morning. This is a recipe for steel cut oats. As you may know, steel cut oats take a long time to cook, so the crock pot is the perfect match for them. Throw a few ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and in the morning, voila, breakfast is ready! Its a different kind of take on your traditional stove top oatmeal. This is a little more smooth and creamy.
I took a cue from The Kitchen's "Overnight Oatmeal" over at Apartment Therapy a few years ago and made a few tweaks of my own.
Here's what you need:
1 cup steel cut oats (Make sure you buy steel cut oats! They will look like little hard round pieces. They don't look like oats at all...)
1 to 2 Tbl brown sugar (You can always sweeten more when serving if needed)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped dried cherries (or other dried fruit)
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup milk or cream
1 tsp vanilla
Any extra fiber you want to add (wheat germ, wheat bran, etc)
Here's what to do:
This tends to stick a little at the bottom so either spray your crock pot with cooking spray, rub with butter, or use a disposable liner. Add ingredients and stir. Cover with lid and set your cooker on low. Cook for 7-8 hours. Serve with milk or cream and sweeten if you like. Enjoy!