Winter’s Coming: Two Yum Deluxe Oatmeals

Yes indeed.  Snow is coming down all over the map – and before Thanksgiving!  Oatmeal, plain, is good for you.  Oatmeal fancied up and fixed in a slow cooker or overnight in the fridge is….wonderful and good for you.  This is comfort food that stays with you and sustains you.

Depending on the ingredients you choose, both of these can be vegan, dairy free, and sugar free.  The slow cooker oatmeal had the whole house smelling of apple pie the next morning and had my cat trolling for breakfast.  The cinnamon on top of the oatmeal was crusty and the apples just fell apart in my mouth.  If slow cooker oatmeal be the music of life, then play on!   Or so says my paraphrasing of Mr. Shakespeare.

The overnight oats are what I need in the morning  – something nourishing, tasty and idiot proof.  Yeah, idiot proof.  I’m not the brightest bulb in the pack before I’ve had a gallon of coffee.  This oatmeal is prepared the night before and “cooked” in the refrigerator.  I like it cold, room temp, or nuked until hot.  I carry the container with me to work and while my puter is revving up, I’m scarfing down this oatmeal.  When in Switzerland, I fell in love with muesli and this dish comes close.

Enjoy.  You will be so glad you fixed these and even more glad you ate!

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Slow Cooker Irish Oatmeal
◾1 cup steel cut oats (or Irish oats) Not: quick, instant, etc.
◾4 cups liquids (I used 2 cups water, 1 c. natural apple juice & 1 cup regular flavor almond milk)
◾2 tsp cinnamon (I use a good cinnamon, usually Saigon)
◾1 apple, skinned and chopped
◾1/4 cup raisins, or craisins, or dried plums (chopped into raisin size pieces)
◾Stevia, honey, raw sugar or other sweetener of your choice to taste, or no sweetener
◾Optional: ¼ c. chopped walnuts, pecans, or almonds….I love nuts. You don’t have to.

Add apples, dried fruit, and cinnamon to slow cooker, next oats. Stir in four cups of liquid. Stir in rest of ingredients. Set slow cooker to low setting for 7 hours. The cinnamon on top will be crusty, and the apples should just fall apart in your mouth. You can also add the chopped nuts afterwards in case someone has nut allergies.

Overnight Oats
1 part liquid (apple juice, soy mild, almond milk, milk)
1 part rolled oats (non-instant or quick cooking. I like Irish oats)
fruit: apples, peaches, bananas, mangos, strawberries, blueberries, raisins, prunes, etc.
sweetening: sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, stevia, honey, maple syrup, none.
Seasoning: cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, orange zest
Extra: nuts, crumbled muffins, fruit preserves

Method: Mix together and place into a container and cover. Put in fridge. Eat the next morning.

 

18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. huntmode
    Nov 03, 2014 @ 23:17:03

    Yum! One of my best friends, a foodie, insists on steel cut oats – I tried to cheat getting the steel cut oats with maple and brown sugar “instant.” It also came with flax. Umm… tasted great but tough the next morning on the body – for me, anyway. (She would never use instant anything!) This evening, I picked up the old fashioned steel cut oats – and then saw this fabulous recipe of yours, Kanzen! Copied and stored on my computer in your designated file! Happy fall and winter mornings! xxoo Huntie

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 03, 2014 @ 23:55:57

      I mix the steel cut and the irish oats….love the irish oats….I hope you enjoy, not as hard on the tummy as the steel cut with flax…

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      • huntmode
        Nov 12, 2014 @ 00:32:59

        Just now got this… I have much to learn about oatmeal. I am astounded how such a small package of instant can create such density and fullness….

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        • kanzensakura
          Nov 12, 2014 @ 07:44:22

          It is! and in my explorations, I found Quaker has a new variety added to their “instant” line, quick cooking steel cut ready in 6 minutes. They have the sugary flavors but I opted for the blueberry and cranberry one. Very good and very satisfying.

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  2. Ema Jones
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 01:45:22

    Healthy treat and great start for the day!

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 04, 2014 @ 01:55:01

      Yes it is! I really like the overnight oats best, both for summer breakfasts and because it reminds me of the muesli eaten in Switzerland, which I really like.

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  3. M-R
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 03:48:48

    Yum-O, Kanzen ! Nothin wrong with eating oats in summertime: rarely has it got hot by breakfast time. These are wonderful !

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 04, 2014 @ 10:54:02

      You are right, oats are good any time of the year. I really like the overnight oats best because they are so easily tailored to what is on hand, in season fruit, etc. You can use any of the milks – low fat, no fat, full fat or any of the non-dairy milks. I am most fond of the unsweetened, vanilla almond milk with the fruit being fresh peaches or blueberries. My aunt, who is diabetic likes to use the sugar free apricot preserves or orange marmalade in her overnight oats. And if you want it warmed, it’s good like that too. I did a lot of :weight loss stuff this summer and lived off these overnight oats. They held me until way after lunchtime. The slow cooker oats I like to fix on the weekend when it is ugly weather here – cold and rainy. Any I have left over, I put into a container and refrigerate and pull out what I need and nuke. In the slow cooker oats, I sometimes skip the apple all together and use chopped dried apricots and a wee bit of orange zest and slivered almonds.

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  4. Let's CUT the Crap!
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 08:09:54

    I haven’t had oatmeal for years. This sound yumm-o. Copied and filed. Must get the proper oats now. ❤ Thanks, Kanzen.

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  5. macjam47
    Nov 04, 2014 @ 18:30:17

    Looks delicious! Nothing beats oatmeal on a cold winter morning (or anytime of year).

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  6. joannesisco
    Nov 06, 2014 @ 14:49:57

    Overnight oats is my new favourite go-to breakfast. My only issue with it is remembering to make it up the night before 🙂
    Mine is really simple – made with almond milk, a dash of cinnamon and a few chopped dried cherries. Love, love, love it.

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    • kanzensakura
      Nov 06, 2014 @ 16:12:58

      The cherries sound wonderful. Because I like the Swiss muesli so much, I try to make mine as much like that as I can. Since I use more ingredients, I use less of an amount of things. It holds me from 7:00 am to 1:30 when I have lunch, with no problem.

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  7. chamsimainternational
    Nov 07, 2014 @ 12:37:05

    Reblogged this on Health & Well-Being.

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