Well I hope you guys like this as much as I do. I recently went to Santa Cruz for the weekend and we had the most amazing food as this little restaurant called the Picnic Basket- including an oatmeal that was seriously one of the highlights of the trip for me.
I wanted to try and replicate it a little bit and here is the best version I came up with.
There is something so incredibly comforting about a delicious oatmeal to me and this one has a lot of flavor.
The trick with overnight crock pot oatmeal is that it is never really overnight for me. You can supposedly cook this on low for 7 hours or so but for me it turns out burned when I let it go that long.
Also crock pots can vary quite a bit so I use a little cheap one to make this and I have found about 5 hours on low or about 90 minutes on high is best. I have a fancy big crock pot but I think this oatmeal would burn really fast – so you might want to just play with this recipe and see. If you have a programmable crock pot that might work.
I just started mine when I was cleaning dinner dishes around 7pm and it was done by about 8:45 or so. I let it cool and scooped into little containers and put it in the fridge.
You want to be careful that it doesn’t burn onto the sides. This was an hour and 45 minutes on high for me. It should stay delicious for a few days- just heat and serve! I pop this into Mason jars and it is so easy to heat and grab on the go.
You can switch out the flavoring options to whatever you like. Almonds and dried cherries or blueberries would be a good option, cinnamon and chopped apples, banana and brown sugar… I am going to play with pumpkin puree next so really anything that sounds good to you would work! I would probably reduce the brown sugar just a little if you substitute other ingredients.
- 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons flax seed (optional)
- 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- ½ to 1 cup raisins
- 1½ cups milk or cream
- 1½ cups water
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Spray your crock pot with cooking spray.
- Add all ingredients to a crock pot and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for about 2-3 hours.
I like to top mine with a tiny bit of cream once it is heated up and it is super delicious. Chopped pecans would also add a great flavor if you feel indulgent. And I have tested this with my children and they love it! My 5 year old in particular asks for this about every morning so it is really easy to make ahead and then a delicious, hearty breakfast is on the table in literally minutes.
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