I don’t read many magazines these days, but we somehow ended up with a subscription to Good Housekeeping, and I’ve been surprised at how interesting and useful I find its articles. I am no domestic goddess, but each issue seems to include at least a few household ideas, product reviews, and family-friendly recipes that I can relate to, and these practical articles are balanced with essays and personal articles that often resonate.
One recipe that caught my attention was for slow cooker steel cut oats. I have a package of steel cut oats that has been collecting dust in my pantry, because I never want to take the time or deal with the clean-up of cooking them on the stove. While I love the baked oatmeal recipe from Madeline at Family Fitness Food (and my variation), I have been trying to use the oven less frequently during the summer, and have been missing my oatmeal.
The recipe is simple:
Spray a slow cooker bowl with non-stick spray, and add
4 cups water
2 cups low-fat milk
1.5 steel cut oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
The recipe says to “program” your slow cooker to cook for 4 hours on low and warm for 4 hours (so you can do this overnight), but my slow cooker is not programmable. The first time I made it, I set it up just before I went to bed and turned it off first thing in the morning, so it cooked on low for about 6 hours (yes, I know I don’t get enough sleep!). The second time I made it on a Sunday, and cooked it for about 5 hours on low. Both ways turned out fine.
The Good Housekeeping recipe says that this makes 4 servings, but the amount of steel cut oats corresponds to 6 servings of steel cut oats. I divided it up into six portions, and can’t imagine eating more at one sitting!
Warning: If you portion out the recipe and refrigerate for later like I did, it will turn into a block of glop. To re-heat, I stirred in a bit more water and microwaved for about 90-120 seconds. It heated up nicely, and did not explode in the microwave like regular oatmeal does. I usually stir in a spoonful of peanut butter or sunflower seed butter–yum!
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Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
By August 7, 2013Published:
- Yield: 6 Servings
- Prep: 5 mins
- Cook: 5 hrs 0 min
- Ready In: 5 hrs 5 mins
I don't read many magazines these days, but we somehow ended up with a subscription to Good Housekeeping, and I've been surprised at …
- Spray bowl of slow cooker with non-stick spray.
- Add water and milk to bowl.
- Add oats, salt, and cinnamon and stir gently.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.