Raise your hand if you’re busy, stressed out, running out of patience, and burning the candle at both ends! I can almost feel the breeze from all those hands waving in the air! 😉 This time of year is without a doubt the most joyous for many of us, but it can also be the most stressful! There’s so much to do…year-end work projects, shopping, cooking, baking, holiday parties, school music concerts, church youth programs, house guests, decorating, secret-keeping, gift wrapping…the list goes on and on! But no matter how busy life gets, we’re better able to cope with the craziness if we’ve fueled up properly before heading out the door! To that end, let me introduce you to my Best Ever Slow Cooker Oatmeal!
This oatmeal comes together in a few minutes in the slow cooker, simmers for a couple hours, and makes enough to feed 8 people once, 2 people 4 times, 4 people twice….you get the idea! Make it on Sunday, refrigerator single serve portions, and heat them up in the morning when your rushing to get ready for work or to get the kids out the door for school! It’s deliciously satisfying and will keep you going all morning. There’s also something about a warm breakfast on a cold winter morning that just seems to set a more positive tone for the day! And as a mom I always felt better about sending my kids to the bus stop on a belly full of homemade oatmeal, though I rarely had time to make it for them. This recipe solves that issue!
Another time this recipe would be a perfect addition to your breakfast recipe arsenal is when you’ve got a house full of guests. Maybe family is in town for the holidays. Maybe your college age kids are home for the weekend with a couple friends in tow. Maybe your 10 year old hosted a sleep over and you’ve got a hungry bunch of kids to feed. No matter the scenario – whether you’re making a pot full for yourself to have for breakfast all week, or to feed a crowd, this oatmeal is fantastic – and it’s a recipe you’ll be sure to turn to over and over again!
One of the things I like most about oatmeal is that it’s like a blank canvas that can be painted with variety of flavors and toppings! This recipe itself is simple – unsweetened vanilla almond milk, water, old fashioned oats, real maple syrup, a dash of cinnamon, a splash of vanilla, and a smidgen of almond extract combine to make the basic oatmeal. What you do to your own bowl of oatmeal is completely up to you! I suggest serving fresh berries, nuts, bananas, extra syrup for those who like it sweeter, and more almond milk for those who prefer it thinner. You might also serve it with applesauce like this homemade version, toasted coconut, dried fruits, or even chocolate chips for the kiddos! My favorite bowl is topped with blueberries, sliced bananas, and walnuts! There are no rules when it comes to personalizing your oatmeal!!!
Let this Best Ever Slow Cooker Oatmeal simplify the breakfast frenzy for you and your family! You’ll be happy they ate a healthy breakfast, and they’ll be fueled up and full until lunchtime!
- 3 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Fresh or dried fruit, nuts, coconut, chocolate chips, extra maple syrup and almond milk, or other toppings as desired
- In a slow cooker combine almond milk, water, oats, maple syrup, salt, almond extract, and vanilla.
- Stir well, replace lid, and cook on low for approximately 2 hours.
- Stir oatmeal after 90 minutes cooking time, adding more liquid if needed, and adjusting cooking time to reach desired consistency of finished oatmeal.
- Serve warm with desired toppings.
- Refrigerate leftovers in individual serving size containers to quickly reheat for a fast, healthy nutritious, and delicious breakfast!