Friday, February 5, 2016

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

I am ravenous in the mornings. Plus I'm a nursing mom, so that means I'm ravenous times two!
I eat heartily during my pregnancies (that may be an understatement!) and now that I'm nursing, I have an excuse to keep on living that dream. Anyway, I am a breakfast fanatic and I especially love a filling, healthy breakfast. I'm pretty much ready for another meal by 10am, so I have to make sure I eat a good breakfast or I can quickly turn into a crazy lady.

Have you tried steel cut oats? I think they are delicious. If you haven't tried them, here's a quick explanation of how they are made. Instead of smashing the oat (as in traditional rolled oats) the oat is sliced, keeping it more whole. The result is a more thick, hearty and healthier oatmeal. The only problem with them is they take a good 45 minutes to make on the stovetop, and that timing just hasn't been fitting my lifestyle lately.

So, I decided to try a new steel-cut oats recipe, and much to my surprise, my husband (who is just a teeny bit health-food adverse) even likes them!

For this recipe, you dump everything in the slow cooker the night before. It's a morning game changer. And boy do I ever need morning game-changers.

Here's what to do:

Spray your slow cooker!! (This is really important because it tends to stick around the edges. Or you could alway use a crockpot liner.) Throw all the ingredients in to your slow cooker and give it a stir. I set my crockpot to cook on low for 5 1/2 hours, but the original recipe said anywhere from 5-7 hours on low, depending on your slow cooker. Wake up to delicious hot oatmeal. Give it a stir, and scoop into bowls. I topped mine with sliced almonds and toasted pecans and a dollop of natural peanut butter. (I love oatmeal with peanut butter, it takes oatmeal to a whole new peanut-buttery-goodness level.)

Overnight Steel Cut Oats

1 cup steel cut oats
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups almond, coconut or regular milk
2 apples, cored, peeled and diced
1 T. coconut oil, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
(Recipe adapted from the

A note about the peeled and sliced apples, if you don't have an apple-peeler-corer slicer, you really should consider getting one! I didn't think I needed one, but then my mom gave me hers when I was going to make some applesauce. It is used almost daily at our house.
 The kids stick an apple on it, wind, wind, wind, and wa-laa! A beautiful apple "spring" appears-as they call it. An apple-corer-peeler-slicer really simplifies things for this recipe.

Go get your oats on!

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