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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Healthier (but still tasty) Lactation Cookies

Okay, so I found a recipe for Lactation cookies and first I made the recipe how I found it. This batch was definitely good, I could sort of taste the Brewer’s Yeast still but it wasn’t too bad. Unfortunately I went through what was supposed to make 42 cookies in about 4 days. So I needed to change up the recipe just a little bit so I’d feel just a bit less guilty. I’ve included the original recipe and just added my changes out to the side in italics. You can make all the changes I did or just some! I’m sure they’d still turn out fine.

1 cup butter (1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup applesauce)
1 cup sugar (1/2 cup sugar)
1 cup brown sugar
4 tablespoons flax seed
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour (1 cup regular flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons brewer’s yeast (I did 3 tbls)
3 cup rolled oats
1 cup chocolate chips (1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips)

1. Mix the flour, baking soda, salt, brewer’s yeast and oats in a bowl and set aside.
2. Cream together butter and sugars and applesauce (it will look a little lumpy, that’s okay)
3. Add eggs, vanilla and flax to the butter and sugar mixture and mix well.
4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet, mixing well after each addition.
5. Stir in chocolate chips

Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

The adjusted recipe that I came up with actually came out with fluffier cookies then the ones I made before. Taste-wise was actually about the same.

Good luck!