Recipe: Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on January 14, 2010

Photo by Abby Ladybug

Photo by Abby Ladybug

Cold winter mornings are the worst.  Knowing that I have to crawl out of my nice warm bed into the cold air, stumble down the stairs and get the kiddos ready for school. . . Sometimes I just wish there were a nice, hot breakfast waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs.

Well, with Overnight Crock Pot Oatmeal there is! With this recipe there will be plenty of oatmeal to feed 4-6 adults.  Don’t need to feed that many? Just toss it in the fridge and reheat the next day.

Oatmeal is a frugal person’s friend.  Oats can be purchased inexpensively at most stores-and if you have the option of a bulk food/healthfood store you can pay even less.  Oatmeal is also an extremely healthy & filling breakfast.  It is naturally high in fiber and low in fat.

*****NOTE: People have been experiencing difficulty with this recipe-coming out way too soupy & mushy.  I did a huge experiment, with help from readers, to try to figure it out.  Please check the info out before you cook.*****

Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut or regular oats (NOT Quick Oats!)
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1  TBS butter
1/2  tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon

Combine all in crockpot and cook on low for 8hrs.  Serve with milk & cinnamon sugar.

Variations:

Add up to 1 C raisins/dried fruit before cooking.
Add 1 chopped fresh apple before cooking.
Top with fresh fruit (in season) or canned fruit (drained).
Add a pat of butter or a dollop of jam/preserves.
Drizzle with honey.

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