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Overnight Oatmeal in the Crock Pot

Happy sunny Sunday afternoon! As promised, here is the recipe for a favorite at our house, Overnight Oatmeal. It’s perfect for cold, chilly mornings when you want a hearty wholesome breakfast as well as those times when you are entertaining and need a quick breakfast that everyone can “serve” to themselves :) I like to create a “buffet” of toppings for everyone to make their oatmeal they way they like to. Toppings such as raisins, toasted nuts, brown sugar, dried or fresh fruits and milk.

Overnight Oatmeal in the Crock Pot

Serves 4 (can be doubled)

Ingredients

1 cup steel-cut oats

4 cups water (can use apple juice or a combination depending on the flavor you want)

1/2 cup milk or cream

1/2-1 vanilla bean (actual bean is much more flavorful than the extract)

1-2 cinnamon sticks

1 tsp cinnamon (optional, we just like extra)

*Can add chopped, peeled apples to the crock pot for an Apple Cinnamon version of the recipe

Directions

Spray the inside of a crock pot  with non-stick cooking spray. Add all ingredients and stir. Cover and set crock pot on “low” setting. I usually do this about 9 or 10 p.m. for it to be ready about 6:30 a.m. In the morning, open lid and stir. Set up bowls of assorted toppings such as raisins, dried cranberries, brown sugar, fresh fruit, toasted nuts, really the possibilities are endless…Enjoy!

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