I recently have fallen in love with steel cut oats cooked in the slow cooker (Crock pot.) I put my big Pyrex mixing cup in my slow cooker filled with delicious ingredients, fill the surrounding pot with water and turn it to low. Early the next morning, I wake up to a delicious, creamy breakfast. While my usual recipe calls for apples and applesauce, my counters are overflowing with peaches from a local fruit farm right now, so I decided to try peaches in my oatmeal.
Peaches and Cream Steel Cut Oats
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
up to 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups milk
4 cups water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
5 peaches, peeled and chopped
Place all ingredients in glass bowl or mixing cup and mix together. I used 1/2 cup of brown sugar and found it quite sweet. Place inside crock of slow cooker and cover with aluminum foil. Fill slow cooker with water to level of mixture in glass bowl. Turn slow cooker to low and cook for about 8 hours. Serve topped with milk or vanilla yogurt.
This is an excellent recipe for substitution. As I said before, I often use apples and applesauce and add dried apricots, chopped almonds or chia seeds for extra nutrition. I have also cooked cracked 9 grain cereal using this method. It falls apart more than the steel cut oats, and I didn’t like it quite as much that way as cooked on the stove.
This is a great recipe for school days because it can be prepared the night before and is ready to eat early in the morning. If at your house, like at ours, you sometimes stagger breakfast eating times, this is very convenient for staying warm and good to eat. (We sometimes have to start practicing piano early in the morning due to other commitments, and so whoever is practicing eats at a different time than the rest of us.)
Hope your school year is starting off great! We start Monday, and I am looking forward to bringing you pictures of our first day of school and the various projects we have in store. Have a great weekend!