Waking up to a hot and delicious breakfast is one of those wonderful pleasures of life. However, if you’re the cook in your household, this doesn’t happen very often unless you do the work. Since room service is not an option, prepping your breakfast before you go to bed and letting your slow cooker do the work while you sleep is a perfect solution!
With ingredients as simple and nutritious as steel cut oatmeal, you won’t have to feel guilty about indulging in this regularly. Yes, steel cut oats do seem to cost more than the “old-fashioned” equivalent, however they swell much more while cooking, so you really end up with twice as much prepared cereal per original volume (so for 1 cup of steel cut oats you add 4 cups water; with old-fashioned oats you only add 2 cups water).
This is also a super way to make certain you have time for breakfast on a busy morning. All you have to do is dish it into a bowl and top with whatever simple (or complicated) topping you prefer. We have a long list of possible toppers in our home: yogurt, honey, brown sugar, raisins, dried cranberries, apricots, fresh fruit, whipped cream, nuts, spices, maple syrup, etc. If you want additional flavor you can add a pinch of cinnamon or any other spice (clove, nutmeg, cardamom, etc.) to the oats before cooking. You can also substitute juice for the water for a hint of fruity flavor.
If you have any oatmeal leftover, press it into a pan, refrigerate, then cut into squares and top with yogurt and fresh fruit for an easy, cool, whole grain breakfast option later. Yes, oatmeal is kinda boring when it is served plain, but when you jazz it up it feels like dessert! A little oatmeal toppings buffet can be oh-so-gourmet when you have guests for breakfast (and with this easy technique you won’t have to wake hours while it cooks!)
Steel cut oats are larger than the “old-fashioned oats”, giving them a larger, heartier texture (though they are completely soft after cooking all night). If you don’t have them on hand, you can substitute “Old-Fashioned” Oats, but you will need to increase the amount of oats to 2 cups since they don’t absorb as much water as the Steel Cut.
Featured in the Panama City News Herald.