Monday, July 18, 2011

SRC: Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Wow! I cannot believe that it is already time for the The Secret Recipe Club again! Time certainly flies!! This club, hosted by Amanda at Amanda's Cooking, has grown a ton already. The club is in it's 4th month, and this is my 3rd trip along. It has been loads of fun, and I have already met several bloggers whom I may not have otherwise run across. 

This month my blogger was Anna from Sweet Anna's. She is definitely a woman of my own heart saying that she makes rice krispie treats often. Those little bars got me through college! Her blog is filled with fun recipes and adorable pictures/stories about her two boys, and I had a great time reading through her posts! Since I am still trying to get into my new work schedule, I decided on making Anna's Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oatmeal. I love steel cut oats, but making them on a weekday morning might be a little out of the picture for me :) The idea of the recipe is to improve the process by cooking them in the slow cooker overnight, so that by the morning they are ready to eat. Sounds great! 

The recipe turned out pretty good. I decreased the amount of sugar to 1/2 cup and the oatmeal was plenty sweet with less sugar. There was still quite a bit of water leftover after the 8 hours of cook time. Stirring it up helped quite a bit, but I would try to decrease the amount of liquid next time. One thing that I noticed was different from oats cooked on the stove was the texture. The ones from the slow cooker were a little more smooth where oats cooked on the stove seem to have a little bit more chew to them. While I do like the chew that you get from the stove method, you certainly can't beat the convenience of having breakfast ready when you get up! 

Enjoy and be sure to stop by and check out Anna's blog! 

(Printable Recipe)

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal
Adapted from Sweet Anna's (originally from The Hill Country Cook)

Ingredients:
1-1/2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
2 Tbsp. butter

Stir everything together in the slow cooker. The cinnamon will float on top of the liquid. Turn on low and cook for 8 hours (while you sleep!). In the morning, there may still be liquid on top of the oats. Stir them and they will thicken a little as they sit. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for future mornings :)

Yield: 6 servings

28 comments:

  1. yummy! that looks like the perfect oatmeal! Found this from the The Secret Recipe Club blog hop :)

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  2. Love oatmeal and i just bought some steel cut, I might try this in the slow cooker, thanks!

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  3. I did slow cooked steel cut oats for my Secret Recipe Club recipe last month - too funny! Yours looks really yummy! You can't beat oats with fresh fruit for breakfast!

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  4. Mmmm...I love that this is done in the slow cooker. Fresh fruit and oatmeal a great breakfast combo! Great SRC entry.

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  5. I love doing oats in the slow cooker. Always a delicious choice...yum!

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  6. Love steel cut oatmeal!
    So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you. This looks amazing :)

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  7. oh yummo! This sounds great - I never can find time to fix breakfast in my mad dash to work every morning, but I think these slow cooker oats may be the remedy to my problem =)

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  8. I really enjoy oatmeal for breakfast but have never prepared them in the slow cooker. This sounds like a great cook method. Cooking breakfast overnight means no excuse to miss the most important meal of the day. Yummy!

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  9. I've been wanting to try steel cut oats in my slow cooker. This looks great!

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  10. What a nice healthy choice for SRC this month - I've never made steel cut oats in a slow cooker, but with your adjustments, I'll have to give it a try.

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  11. I'm glad you liked the recipe! I've never had any problem with too much liquid though... it does look funny in the morning, but give it a good stir and it all comes together perfectly! Any less liquid and you would have a blob! :o)

    (www.sweetannas.com)

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  12. What a delicious breakfast this would make. I love the idea of it going in the slow cooker.

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  13. So easy and healthy, I need to give it a try.

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Lisa~~
    Cook Lisa Cook

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  14. Love steel cut oatmeal. I will have to give this slow cooker method a try. The only thing I would like to add is a little bit of chopped pecans or walnuts.

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  15. We love steel cut oats, but I've not made them in the slow cooker... excellent idea!
    I'm really enjoying the SRC posts, this is my first months and what fun it is!

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  16. Looks delicious! Especially with the berries! I've noticed steel cut oats being mentioned frequently in blogland and I actually went in search of them last night, but no luck. I'm now on a mission! :)

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  17. I haven't eaten oatmeal since I was a child! BUT, yours with the luscious berries might convert me! Great SRC post :)

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  18. Thanks for posting this - I have been intending to make steel-cut oatmeal for a few weeks now, but haven't gotten around to it. Going to attempt it tonight!

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  19. buttermilk donuts and steel cut oats?!

    you are a champ in the mornings! I have found some microwaveable steel cut oats that are amazing... i might need to make these though!

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  20. I always hear people talking about using the slow cooker in the morning so that dinner will be ready when they get home, but never about turning it on overnight so you have breakfast ready in the morning. Genius idea! Great choice :) Stopping by from SRC, thanks for visiting my blog too!

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  21. What a great convience this is to slow cook while you sleep! I'd love to wake up on cool fall morning to the smell of oatmeal! I'm glad you mentioned the texture difference as I was wondering about that. Great post!

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  22. This looks fabulous. Nice work on the Secret Recipe Club. Isn't it fun. I love finding new blogs and reading through them.

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  23. Wow this sounds fantastic!! I would love to try this! :)

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  24. with all those berries, the oat meal sounds delicious, and of course a healthy one too.., it's been such a lovely trip through all the blogs because of SRC, new blogs and new recipes! waiting for the next month SRC

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  25. I don't think I've ever seen steel cut oats look that creamy!!

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  26. With school starting in less than a month, I'm gearing up for breakfast ideas. This sounds like a great way to start their mornings.

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  27. Funny, my husband was looking for a steel cut oats crockpot recipe the other day!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

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  28. Looks great with all that fruit piled on top, yum!

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