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Overnight Oatmeal

From: EatingWell

Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking.

Servings: 8 servings, 1 cup each
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 8 hrs
Rated : 
 by 6 people
8 cups  water
2 cups  steel-cut oats, (see Ingredient note)
1/3 cup  dried cranberries
1/3 cup  dried apricots, chopped
1/4 teaspoon  salt, or to taste
1. Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to low. Put the lid on and cook until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy, 7 to 8 hours. Stovetop Variation Halve the above recipe to accommodate the size of most double boilers: Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup steel-cut oats, 3 tablespoons dried cranberries, 3 tablespoons dried apricots and 1/8 teaspoon salt in the top of a double boiler. Cover and cook over boiling water for about 1 1/2 hours, checking the water level in the bottom of the double boiler from time to time.
Ingredient Note: Steel-cut oats, sometimes labeled "Irish oatmeal," look like small pebbles. They are toasted oat groats - the oat kernel that has been removed from the husk that have been cut in 2 or 3 pieces. Do not substitute regular rolled oats, which have a shorter cooking time, in the slow-cooker oatmeal recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Calories 193, Total Fat 3 g, Monounsaturated Fat 1 g, Sodium 77 mg, Carbohydrate 34 g, Fiber 9 g, Protein 6 g, Potassium 195 mg. Exchanges: Starch 2,Fruit 0.5.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Comments (2)
anonymous wrote:

I make this recipe regularly - everyone who tries it absolutely loves it. I've gotten my mother, aunts, friends and other family making and eating it all winter long. I add cinnamon & nutmeg, chopped nuts & dates (instead of the apricots), a little vanilla and either honey or pure maple syrup to the mix - it makes it delicious! Try using one of those crockpot liner-bags instead - they help to avoid the cooked-on mess to the sides of the crockpot.

8/31/2010 11:49:03 AM Report Abuse
bmburke1 wrote:

I have made this recipe twice now and it's delicious. My kids love it with cinnamon and chopped nuts on top. The only trouble is that the cook time is too long. The oatmeal is cooked on, almost burnt to the sides of the crockpot. Maybe the cook time should be shortened to about 5 hours.

3/15/2010 03:11:53 PM Report Abuse

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