Friday, September 19, 2014

the simple five: slow cooker steel cut oats

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 6-8 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. 
  • Stir.

Serve with berries, add a little more milk (if you desire a thinner consistency), and/or maple syrup.  And for all you Nutella fans, drizzle a teaspoon (or more) of warmed Nutella on top of this. It tastes like a chocolate banana cake (well, at least a more healthy version of it!)

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