Remember when I mentioned the other day how important having breakfast is? Well, I wasn’t going to keep you hanging on some easy breakfast ideas to start your day. My kids and I love oatmeal. They are so cute sitting at the kitchen table in the morning with their little bowl of oatmeal and their plate of berries. I am so happy that my kids love fruit. They would pass up a snack for fruit any day. Veggies, well that’s another story but I will gloat for a moment about their love of fruits. Anyways, steel cut oats is another morning favorite. These good for you oats that are packed with fiber take a little longer to make then your typical oatmeal but with cooking them in the crock pot you can eat them more often with minimal effort.
I love to serve then like a parfait, although I’m certain my kids don’t care how it is served, but for me I think it looks pretty. One serving, is 1 cup cooked oats, which is about 1/4 cup dry. I take 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and place it in the bottom of a bowl, then half of my yogurt. Top with the remaining 1/2 cup of steel cut oats and yogurt then add some berries. So simple and comes in at about under 300 calories with the yogurt for a hearty breakfast.
In a crock pot add in steel cut oats.
2 cups skim milk (or your choice milk) and 2 cups water.
1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
1 tablespoon agave nectar (or if you prefer maple syrup).
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional). Give it a stir, place cover on top and cook on low for 7-8 hours. In the morning the oats will be cooked. Turn off heat. Stir and serve warm topped with your favorite berries.
RECIPE UPDATED! After several comments regarding the cooking time of this recipe I have retested it and have updated with the necessary changes in the revised recipe below. Enjoy!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups skim milk (or non-dairy milk such as almond milk or coconut milk)
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar or maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
- Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir until combined.
- Cover and set on low for 7-8 hours.
- Turn off slow cooker. Stir and serve with fresh berries and yogurt.