Wednesday, January 20, 2016
So I happened upon this recipe probably from a Facebook post:
I cut the recipe in half because my husband doesn't get out of bed at a decent hour and rarely bothers with breakfast, and I knew 1 cup of oats would make plenty.
The first attempt I crumbled up dried apples, added a little extra water for them, added brown sugar and cinnamon. I also left out all the nuts/seeds in the recipe since my toddler can be a little too regular when fed nuts and over fibrous meals. I turned it on at 10pm and turned it off around 6 am... overcooked a bit and kind of brown and crispy on the sides but my kids ate it with a little milk... and the dried apples where just like cooked apple pieces in an apple pie. I like to scrape and eat the brown caramelized bits from the sides of the crock... the best part.
I decided to get my outlet timer for my 2nd attempt and only cook it for 5hrs instead. I realized I had a container of ginger I never opened and packed up to Canada when we moved so I decided to find a way to use it in the oatmeal... and my kids love ginger snaps... Then I thought... I'll just get my inspiration from a ginger snap recipe... so here goes.
GINGER SNAP OVERNIGHT OATMEAL
1 cup steel cut oats
3 cups of water (I just realized I'm going to use part milk next time)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped ginger (can also use powdered ginger or whatever you have)
2 Tbsp Molasses
1 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 cup brown sugar
Cook on Low in the slow cooker for five hours. Serve with milk, yogurt, or straight from the crock. Feeds about 3 small kids and one adult... maybe 3 adults... easily 2 adults and 1 kid... Double if you want an equivalent of 4-6 adult servings (the recipe I found made with dbl the water and oats said 8 servings... I guess it had nuts too... but I wouldn't think it would serve 8 adults.)
This stuff is super-cheap and easier than making separate bowls of oatmeal in the microwave for my kids in the morning. You can put pretty much anything in it you like. I think I'm going to do apple spice and almonds on my next attempt.
Let me know if you like it and if you have any other overnight oatmeal recipes... I am definitely a novice on this.