Crock Pot Oatmeal

oats

One of my favorite breakfast foods is oatmeal. A couple of years ago I did a breakfast tour of Des Moines with my friend Megan, who quickly learned that I was really doing an oatmeal tour of Des Moines since I rarely ordered anything else. That being said, I know where to find the best oatmeal in town – La Mie! Now that winter is looming, I am in the mood for oatmeal again. Megan recently packed up her bags and headed east on 80 to Chicagoland so I’ve resorted to eating my oatmeal at home.

Last summer I posted about DIY Oatmeal To Go, which tastes great but let’s be honest, anything “to-go” isn’t nearly as good as the slow cooked variety. Here is a very simple and healthy recipe for steel-cut oats that cooks while you’re sleeping!

What you’ll need: a crock pot, steel-cut oats, fresh fruit, dried fruit, water, milk, and honey!

How-To:
1 cup of steel-cut oats (must be steel-cut; I purchase mine in bulk)
3 cups of water
1 cup of milk (I use coconut but you could use dairy, soy, almond, or rice)
1 large apple or pear (skin can be left on or you can peel)
Handful of dried fruit (I like raisins)
Drizzle of honey

Mix the above ingredients and put in crock pot on low for about six hours. I do this right before I go to bed so it’s ready when I wake up. An added bonus is that your whole house smells great in the morning!

I’m sad that Megan is gone but my morning oatmeal reminds me of her and our friendship. Just before she left we went to the American Gothic house in Eldon, Iowa. This photo perfectly captures our many adventures.