Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

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Oatmeal. It’s one of those comfort foods that many people reach for in the morning. But most people grab packets of instant oatmeal and toss it in their microwave. These packets are loaded with sugars, salts, and oats designed to cook quickly. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative that’s just as easy, if not easier, try making oatmeal in your crockpot! Perfect for college students who will come up with any excuse in the universe to not eat breakfast. Also great for moms, dads, and anyone in between!

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This recipe uses steel cut oats. They look much different than traditional rolled oats many people are familiar with. They’re full of those wonderful whole grains that everyone is crazy about these days.

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I use a Hamilton Beach 5-quart slow cooker. It’s one of the more simple crockpot options out there. It only has 4 settings: off, keep warm, low, and high. For this oatmeal, I recommend you use a slow cooker with a “keep warm” setting.

Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups water
dash of salt
1/4 cup agave nectar (optional)
1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in crockpot and turn it to the “keep warm” setting overnight, or 7-8 hours. Be careful not to cook longer. If you’re planning on sleeping in longer than usual, set a timer for your crockpot or add additional water. Do not use the low setting overnight for your oatmeal. It will overcook it and it will likely burn. If you would rather do it in a short time, cook the same ratios on low for 3-3 1/2 hours. The gentle heat of the lowest setting is enough to have you wake up to warm, thick, delicious oatmeal. And it’s totally customizable!

Makes 4 servings. Can be reheated in the microwave the next day. Add 1 tbsp water and microwave for 1 minute.

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I chose to make my oatmeal with agave nectar and cinnamon. You could choose to not season it with anything except salt. It’s still completely delicious! Brown sugar and cinnamon are good options, but not the only ones out there. You could add fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and beyond! The options are as endless as your imagination.

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