Welcome to my Slow Cookin’ Summer series where I’ll be sharing 12 weeks of easy recipes for a slow cooker! Make sure you subscribe to It’s a Keeper so you don’t miss a single one! Just click here and I will email you as soon as a new recipe is posted.
Let’s get the Slow Cookin’ Summer Series started with this recipe from Trina from O’Boy! Organic. Here’s her recipe:
Who doesn’t find it challenging in the mornings, sometimes even getting the kiddos out of bed and dresses is a full time job. So I can imagine that making a healthy breakfast each day can be a bit daunting. One of the things that make my life easier is to start preparing breakfast the night before. One of my favorite things to make is crock pot oats. You can use many different types of oats but I like to use Oat Groats.
I did a bit of research on the web and found out that oat groats are whole, minimally processed oats. Because they have not been extensively processed, they retain a higher nutritional value than regular oats. When oat groats are produced, the oats are hulled, removing the outer husk (sort of like corn) and then you have the whole grain. Most of the time they are processed into a range of products including rolled oats and oat flour or you can buy them as oat groats as I did.
Wondering why I like to use the crock pot? Because it takes FOREVER and it’s so much easier to make this breakfast meal in a crock pot overnight. I make this recipe at least once a week for the family and we all love it. You can out the leftovers in the fridge and just heat over the stove with extra water or milk until it’s hot.
Crock Pot Oats
2 cups Oat Groats or steel cut oats (don’t buy processed)
6 cups water
2 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raw brown sugar or honey
Add all ingredients into the crock pot and let cook on low for about 8-10 hours.
I added 1 cup of dried cherries to mine and you could add other dried fruit too or wait and add bananas or fresh fruit after it’s been cooked.
Trina from O’Boy! Organic offers cooking classes for parents and children in the Philadelphia. Through her website and online communities Trina offers real food menu plans, healthy family friendly recipes, sustainable living ideas, plus much more. Connect with Trina online – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram
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You can find all of the Slow Cookin’ Summer recipes here along with my favorite easy crock pot recipes and tips for using your slow cooker.
For more recipe inspiration, be sure to check out these pages on It’s a Keeper:
- Slow Cookin’ Summer Recipe Index
- Easy Crock Pot Recipes