I love oatmeal for breakfast. It’s fast, easy, and good for you. Especially since I learned that some of my bloodwork numbers were starting to get a little higher than I’d like them to be. Not to mention it’s one of the few things The Man will stop to eat in the morning. We usually eat the Better Oats brand of oatmeal because they have a ton of tasty flavors and the packet is designed to be used as a measuring cup for the water, including a “fill to here” line on the side. Really doesn’t get a whole lot easier than that, and easy is important in the morning before coffee. Well, a couple years ago I started hearing about steel cut oats and how they were supposed to be even better for you than regular rolled oats, but that they took a bit more work to make. As I said, I like my morning routine as easy as possible, so I put off giving them a try. Then Pinterest came along and I kept seeing recipes for steel cut oats, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I made them. I found this pin for Rise and Shine Oatmeal from a blog called Cooking and Living on a Ground Beef Budget that made oatmeal in the slow cooker overnight. And I’m pretty sure you guys know how much I love using my slow cooker, so I had to give it a try.
The recipe uses the slow cooker as sort of a water bath, you put the ingredients in a glass bowl and place it inside the slow cooker, then fill the slow cooker itself with water. This was really the only difficult part and it’s wasn’t the recipe’s fault. I had problems finding a glass bowl that would fit correctly inside my slow cooker. I finally discovered that my four cup measuring cup did the job pretty well. The recipe also said that it makes two or three servings worth, but The Man and I discovered that it was just enough for four servings (so two days worth). I didn’t add any dried fruit to it the first time around, but I can definitely see trying it the next couple times I make it. Or maybe adding some fruit puree to it. Either way, I’m glad I pinned the recipe and it’s definitely going to one I make a lot!