Slow Cooker Banana Oatmeal

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So I LOVE this. I made it two days ago and have still been reheating portions and eating it. It is SO good. Like my other recipes, I’ll post the way I found it with my additions in italics out to the side. I still feel like even with what I added its a healthy meal option for the in morning. Multiple mornings if you’re the only one eating it.

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 ripe banana – mashed (2 ripe bananas)
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts (didn’t have any so skipped this step)
  • 2 cups skim milk (or almond milk) (1 cup reg milk, 1 cup vanilla almond)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal (its good for you but fine if you are out!)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • banana slices, walnuts or brown sugar – optional garnish
  • 2 Tbls brown sugar

So pretty easy ingredient list right? I didn’t have any walnuts so I skipped those and my second batch I was out of flax so I skipped that. Now here are some tricks to making it taste the best!

Puree the bananas instead of just mash. They mix MUCH better this way. The first time I just used one and didn’t get the flavor I wanted. I also added brown sugar in before I cooked it. I did not add anything else to it once it was done.

Second, instead of mixing this and putting it directly in the crockpot fill the crockpot with some water and put the ingredients in a separate bowl. Place this bowl inside the crockpot. Make sure the water is about halfway up the bowl you placed inside the crockpot. This keeps you from having a crusty bottom to your oatmeal. Trust me. Then just set the crockpot to 8 hours on low and let it cook!

Original recipe courtesy of The Lemon Bowl
Picture: http://silk.com/recipes/almond-crunch-oatmeal

P.S. If you’re cost conscience like me get you steel cut oats and almond milk at Aldi! Or really any of the ingredients above that you don’t have. The only thing they may not have is the flax.

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