Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Overnight Oatmeal

I love real oatmeal.  Mmmmm!  So when I saw recipes for crock pot oatmeal or overnight oatmeal, I was interested.  Of course, they all call for steel cut oats rather than the old fashioned kind so my urge to try it had to wait until the next time I made it to the grocery store.  I was rather taken aback at the price of Quaker Steel Cut Oats, but there on the shelf below were cans of Nature's Promise Organic Steel Cut Oats - 2/3 the price for twice the amount.  (Nature's Promise is our grocery store's organic line - we buy so much Nature's Promise stuff!)

So tonight, I am trying this recipe:  Overnight Oatmeal

I used Piper's whole milk in place of the half/half and I used raisins instead of figs or cranberries. (I love dried cranberries but the children do not.)  It was also suggested to me to not put the mixture directly into my crock but to put it in a glass bowl and pour water around the bowl so it would be less likely to stick to the sides.  But seeing that I don't have any glass bowls that fit into either of my 2 crockpots, I had to just put it into my smaller crock.  It should be ready in 8-9 hours.

Here's hoping the kids, at least one of them, will like it.  I'll add some honey or brown sugar to make it more tasty to them.  I already added some cinnamon to it - nothing like waking up to a house smelling like cinnamon.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

This is great! It's funny because i eat oatmeal every weekday morning for breakfast (I cook it the night before) when I get to work- and I always read your blog when I'm eating it!
I'll have to try the overnight thing on a weekend. The thought of waking up to the smell of oatmeal filling the house sounds awesome. I use slow-cooked oats (Old Wessex) and add sliced banana and peaches, almonds, cinnamon, a tiny bit of maple syrup or agave nectar and some egg whites (to add protein). Yum!