Tuesday, February 1, 2011
8:36 AM | Posted by Brandy K | | Edit Post
Let's face facts here...oatmeal is just not glamorous and it is dang hard to get a decent photo of a bowl of oatmeal. So yes, I'm making excuses for my sad photography skills! What oatmeal is though, is delicious and nutritious! I'm not talking about the little packets of instant oatmeal, I'm talkin' steel-cut oats! Oh yeah! The little packets are good in their own way...but they are just way too sugary and paste-y for my tastes. Yes, I just said something was too sugary for me. I did. I know. I contradict myself all the time. Don't think badly of me, it just happens.
This is a great way to get a good, healthy breakfast on the table with almost no effort. I make this in the crock-pot, and let the oats cook overnight. We wake up to delicious, creamy oatmeal in the morning. In the winter, this is a weekly staple in my home.
My girl likes hers with raisins.
My little man likes his "just plain, mom!" The thought of a raisin making an appearance in his oatmeal makes him want to hide under the bed. :)
Hubs likes his with bananas and a little extra brown sugar. For the record, he was completely opposed to me taking a photo of his oatmeal. He just doesn't understand!
Here is the recipe. It's so very easy! Enjoy!
4 cups water
pinch of salt
2 Tbsp butter, diced
1 heaping cup of steel-cut oats
Combine all the above ingredients in a small (2.5-3 quart) crock-pot, and set it on warm. Let the oats cook overnight, or for 7-8 hours. Mix gently, and stir in:
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
You can mix in whatever you want from there: raisins, dried cranberries, nuts, cinnamon, etc. Make it your own!
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