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 2 hours on high is best. I have a fancy big crock pot but I think this oatmeal would burn really fast in that 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 9pm. I let it cool and scooped into little containers and put it in the fridge.
It should stay delicious for a few days- just heat and serve! I heat and dump in a Thermos and I can take this as I run out the door.
The other thing is that 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.
And here are some other recipes you might enjoy:
- 5 Minute Blackberry Cobbler
- Chai Sugar Cookies
- Creamy Crock Pot Chicken Tacos
- Greek Orzo Pasta
- Molten Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Mexican Grilled Corn