Was that a kix commercial? Remember kix? Do they still sell kix? I liked kix. Then again I grew up on cereal and I pretty much liked all the cereals…provided the cereal in question was covered in sugar & cinnamon, loaded with marshmallows, or/and contained every color of the rainbow. For the cereals that I kinda liked but were lacking in the major ingredient (sugar) such as raisin bran and rice krispies I always added a spoonful. Cereal was my breakfast of choice. I would order cereal even when we went out to breakfast. I can still here my parents groan as their heads hit the table. Could you blame me though? Cereal was put in front of my face 6 if not 7 days a week. It was a trusted ally a meal where I always knew what I was getting. Frosted flakes where frosted flakes no matter where you were, Even in Spain.
However, today’s delicious & nutritious post is not about cereal. Well, it kinda is because my experiences as a young lass have influenced who I am today and who I am today is…I like breakfast but I tend to skip it. This is not a very good habit and I am working on changing it, one day at a time. Today I was successful. I was so successful in fact, that I just had to share how easy my success was!
Bring in the OATS!
Here in Eugene at my favorite stores, i.e. Kiva, Capella’s, Sundance, we have the luxury of bulk bins and these bulk bins carry every kind of oat imaginable including steel cut. Now I am no oat expert and I am not sure what the variety and differences are all about but what I do know is that Steel Cut Oats take a long time to cook, something I prefer to leave for later in the day.
However, with a crock-pot, all is easy and right with the world!
So here’s what I did to make delicious & nutritious Oatmeal for breakfast.
1 cup of oats
½ cup frozen** or fresh fruit (optional) I used blueberries
4 cups of water/milk/rice milk/almond milk/hemp milk you get the picture
Large pinch of Salt
½ teaspoon Cinnamon (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon Maple Syrup/Agave/Honey (optional) I used Maple Syrup
If you like you can also add a tablespoon or 2 of butter
Combine all of the ingredients in your crock-pot and turn on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours. Stir it up and serve hot! Any extras can be freezed or refrigerated to be reheated. You may need to add some milk or water to get your desired consistency.
Don’t worry it can stand to cook past 8 hours and be just fine. I kinda slept in this morning and didn’t get to my oats until they had been cooking for about 10 hours and they were still great!
**If you use frozen fruit I suggest using 3 ½ cups of water.
The cool thing here is that you can flavor your oats however, you want. If you don’t want to do a cinnamon sugar thing. You can use a little extra salt and pepper with some allspice. You can add raisins and dried cranberries. Experiment and see what you like!
You can also cook up the oats and then add all the flavorings in the morning for individual preferences.
I am always looking for easy yummy breakfast options, if you have one you would like to share please do!