I've tried to make slow cooker oatmeal before and it didn't turn out. I keep seeing all these recipes on Pinterest and it looks and sounds so easy. I thought I'd chance it again only this time using steel cut oats. I searched for a recipe and found one from Alton Brown. You can see it here on Food Network.
I started it about 9:35 pm last night. The recipe said to cook on low for nine hours. I got up this morning in anticipation of a fantastic tasting bowl of oatmeal. You can't imagine my reaction when I opened the lid of the crock pot at 6:15 am! It was all soupy and not thick looking at all. There were big hunks on the top of it. I stirred it and it still didn't look any better. I was like.....seriously?! this failed again!
I told my husband it didn't look like we'd be having oatmeal. For some reason instead of turning it off, I turned it on the warm setting. I came back about an hour later, stirred it again and much to my surprise it looked so much better! It was much thicker and I don't know what happened to all the big hunks, but there were gone.
I scooped some into a bowl (sorry forgot to take a photo of that!) and added some cinnamon, brown sugar, dried cranberries and some chopped walnuts. It was delicious!! I'm hooked now. I will definitely be making this over and over.
Here's the recipe with the changes that I made:
(adapted from Alton Brown)
1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
1/2 cup So Delicious Original Coconut Milk
couple shakes of salt - not too much
a little bit of vanilla
Add all ingredients to crock pot, stir and cook on low for 9 hours.
I think the next time I might even decrease the amount of water by either a half or one cup just to see if it's less soupy in the morning.
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