An EASY Health Food – Oatmeal in a Crockpot!
I’m always searching for new ways to make it easier to cook good food. I’d tried cooking oatmeal in a slow cooker before, but it came out too mushy for my tastes.
Recently I got a new cookbook, “The Healthy Slow Cooker.” I was delighted to see a recipe for making oatmeal in a crockpot. The difference is using steel cut oats, not rolled oats like Quaker Oatmeal.
I discovered that you can find steel cut oats in one of our local grocery stores, and that it is also found under the name of “Irish Oatmeal” (Not to be confused with Scottish oatmeal – see yesterday’s post!) And did you notice the Whole Grain stamp on the top of the package like we discussed back in the post “Whole Grain or Not Whole Grain?”
The same brand I buy, Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats, 24-Ounce (Pack of 4) are also available online.
It actually works out pretty well. I like the texture better than rolled oats. However, do NOT expect it to taste exactly the same as rolled oats. It puts me a bit in mind of rice pudding.
Of course, making it in the slow cooker (crockpot, whatever), there is a little crust along the sides and bottom of the pot.
If you don’t like the crust, you can just spoon the oatmeal out and leave it behind. I like a little extra chewiness, so I put the crust in mine.
Whichever way you choose to eat it, when prepared in a slow cooker, steel cut oats are an easy health food!