Cold Mornings are Perfect for Oatmeal

October 15, 2012By

It’s October, which means cool mornings which for me means one thing – oatmeal. I love hot oatmeal in the morning. It’s warm, it’s filling, it’s comforting, and it’s one of my favorite things about cool weather.

This weekend I tried a new slow-cooker oatmeal recipe that I absolutely loved. Along with oatmeal it combines three of my other favorite flavors: maple syrup, cranberries, and almonds. YUM!

Normally I would insert a photo of the oatmeal here. But it is incredibly difficult (for me) to take a pretty photo of oatmeal, so I’ll leave that to your imagination.

Slow-Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal with Cranberries and Almonds

8 cups of water
2 cups uncooked steel cut oats (NOT regular oatmeal)
2/3 cup dried cranberries, I recommend chopping them up a bit
1/2 cup real maple syrup
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp toasted slivered almonds

Combine the water, steel cut oats, cranberries, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt in your slow cooker. Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours (or up to 8 hours if you like it really creamy). When it’s done, stir it up and serve with about a teaspoon of almonds on top. Yieds approximately nine 3/4 cup servings with 1 tsp of almonds. Leftover servings can be refrigerated and heated up over the next 2-3 days.

Recipe source: adapted from Weight Watchers

This oatmeal was much easier to photograph.

While I love this recipe, I’m not always thinking ahead enough to remember to get it ready and in the slow cooker before I go to bed. So I also like to keep a few “emergency” oatmeals in the cupboard or in the bottom drawer of my desk at work. My favorite right now is Quaker Real Medleys Hot Cereal. It’s a perfect sized serving, and best of all it’s filled with real fruit and nuts to make it really satisfying. My favorite is the Cherry Pistachio Oatmeal, with whole cherries (they’re huge!), roasted almonds and pistachios. And unlike my slow cooker recipe which takes 8 hours to cook, this oatmeal is ready in less than 5 minutes. Perfect!

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  1. Brooke says:

    I was thinking the same thing this morning! So sad I didn’t have time to make the real thing at home with fruit and honey, but hot cereal hit the spot. :)

  2. Melissa Martin Wilson says:

    This recipe sounds great