For months I have been thinking about trying to cook oatmeal over night in the crock pot. Tonight is the night. After trolling the web looking for recipes, I learned the key to oatmeal cooked in the crock pot is the type of oatmeal used. Steel-cut oats reportedly achieve the best results. If you do not have any on hand, wait until you can get some. I promise, once you go steel-cut you will only use rolled oats in a pinch or to bake with.
You will need:
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 cups water, I have seen some recipes that call for as little as three cups, but we like our oatmeal moist.
- dash of salt
Once you have that it is up to your taste buds to determine what additional ingredients you add. Add dried fruits, nuts, spices...the book is open on this. For tonight's test run I have added the following ingredients:
- 1/2 cup milk for creaminess
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 TBsp butter
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Combine all your ingredients in the crock pot, cook on low for about 8 hours.