Spectrum Warriors: Life Through The Autism Spectrum

Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Lets be honest most of us have busy hectic lives and so mornings can be more then rushed. At our house we tend to be an egg and fruit type of family but in the winter oatmeal calls my name. I prefer the steel cut oats as they are more nutritious and the least processed of all the types of oats. With steel cut oats the toasted oat groats are simply chopped in half and bagged for your enjoyment. As yummy and lovely as they are however they are also the longest to cook. Even soaking them over night still means a cook time of at least 45 – 60 minutes depending on the texture you are looking for. Who has time for that? Plus my little Monkey isn’t going to wait around all day for breakfast as that would be the end of the world. So here comes the slow cooker to the rescue.Overnight steel cut oats1 cup gluten free steal cut oats ( I use Bob’s Red Mill)

1/2 tsp salt

4 cups water

Grease the slow cookers ceramic insert – you can use coconut oil, butter, ghee, margarine whatever you prefer

Here is where you can take some creative licence depending on your taste preference.

Plain – make as indicated above

– Apple and cinnamon – add 2 diced apples, 3 tsp cinnamon, 1 – 2 tbsp brown sugar or         maple syrup depending on the sweetness of your apples. When using a really sweet apple I have left the sugar out completely in the past.

Peaches and Cream – 2 – 3 sliced peaches, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 a tsp ginger, 1 – 2 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup. Add milk or cream to your bowl when serving.

Pumpkin and Spice – 1 cup pumpkin puree, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 2 – 3 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup.

– Banana Nut – 1 cup mashed banana, 1/3 cup nut or seeds of your choice I usually will use pumpkin seeds, 1 – 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup

Once you have all your ingredients into the pot you will set your slow cooker on the low for 8 – 10 hours. I will usually put this together right as we are heading to bed.

When you wake up in the morning breakfast is ready to go and your house smells like you have been slaving away all night.

Overnight oats topped with fruit and a tbsp of peanut butter

Overnight oats topped with fruit and a tbsp of peanut butter.

How do you like your oatmeal?

My husband likes raw overnight oats that are soaked in milk and topped with nut butter and fruit. I find the oats a little hard to digest this way and you really need to use quick oats when making them that way.

Let us know your favorite way to eat oats! Enjoy.

Have a great day!

Sabrina

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