To start my new "Simple Five" series, I thought I'd begin with a recipe that helps simplify the start of the day.
The chilly, late September morning temperatures are just a hint of what is to come. Like a practice run, it prepares us for what will likely be around the corner...longer, more difficult mornings with a lot of reluctance to get out of a cozy warm bed. So, to combat this, I've started serving a warm, belly-filling (and healthy) breakfast to start the day. This is a five ingredient and five minute breakfast (if you do the prep work before hand), so it's a"Simple Five"...times two! In a slow cooker, I make these steel cut oats (using five ingredients, but it's flexible and you can add more!) and store them covered in a loaf pan, in the fridge, for up to a week. Slice desired amount every morning and heat in the microwave for a nutritious quick breakfast. Place this into a thermos or container, and you're ready to take this to go.
Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
(makes 4-8 servings)
- 2 cup steel cut oats (I used Whole Food's 365 Steel Cut Oats).
- 5 cups water
- 3 cups 3% milk (2% works fine too)
- 3 tbsp. of desired spices/seasonings (I used 1 tbsp. organic cinnamon and 2 tbsp. brown sugar)
- 3 mashed bananas
- Put all the ingredients into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
- Place in a loaf pan or covered glass dish and store in the fridge (for up to a week).
- Slice the amount you require in a bowl and microwave for about 1-2 minutes, depending on quantity.