I love oatmeal. I could eat it every day and be totally happy. Recently we got it in our heads to start eating steel cut oats which are SO much more yummy but the cooking time is rather a pain. I'm not a morning person so taking over 20 minutes for anything to cook when I've just woken up makes me irrationally upset. And I love the hubs, but I don't love him enough to wake up at 6am to cook it for him every morning. Sorry, babe.
I have a slow cooker, but it's massive, and the small amount of oatmeal would be ridiculous in it unless we were aiming for an oatmeal disc. So we went out and got a little 2-quart one for $11.99. I totally wanted the Hello Kitty one but it was super tiny (only 1.5-quart) and more expensive. And would look a little strange in my kitchen, even if it was super cute.
So we experimented. And by we, I mean me. Because the hubs was already asleep in bed when I put this together. Ahem. I looked at umpteen recipes and finally came up with something of my own and I think I'm only going to adjust the amount of liquid I used. I used almost 4.5 cups of liquid (3.5 cups water and 1 cup fat free milk) Below is the recipe if you're interested.
Slow Cooker Oatmeal (Makes approximately 3 to 4 servings)
1 cup steel cut oats
4 to 4 1/4 cups liquid
1 packet of Truvia
A pinch of salt
I let it cook on LOW for about 7 hours (don't open the slow cooker to check because all that does is add to the cooking time) and then sprinkled some brown sugar on top to serve. If it's too dry or gets too crusty at the bottom, you can serve it with some warm milk to loosen it. Next time, I think I'm going to try adding some dried fruit, or apple and cinnamon, or even Milo. Mmmm chocolate oatmeal :)
**TIP** Once it's cooked, turn it off and let it sit for a little while. Unless you like your oatmeal very watery. In which case, what's wrong with you? (Just kidding. Sort of. Not really. Seriously, what's wrong with you?)
I've never left the slow cooker on overnight so I kept getting out of bed to check on it obsessively like a bloody psycho. If you're crazy like me, perhaps you want to experiment while you're home.