We've hit September, which means school is back in session and it's early mornings and kids who need to be fed something (hopefully) substantial before leaving the house.
I've gotten a few emails about overnight oatmeal, and I've been experimenting. Because of the way the Internet is, I've figured out a VERY BASIC overnight oatmeal --- the oats are regular rolled and not "fancy" steel cut, and the oats are cooked in water, not milk.
If you want to change-up the water for cow's milk, or almond milk, or hemp, soy, coconut, lactaid, fairy, or unicorn milk: go for it!
but water works, too!
2 cups rolled old-fashioned oats (NOT quick cook) (I use certified gluten free oats)
4 1/2 cups water (or liquid equivalent)
Use a 4 or a 6 quart slow cooker and an OVEN-SAFE dish (pyrex, corningware, anything you'd toss into the oven or dishwasher without thinking twice).
Put a cup or so of water into the bottom of your crockpot.
Smear a tiny bit of butter (or use cooking spray) on the oven-safe dish.
Combine the 2 cups of oats and the 4 1/2 cups of milk.
Place the dish into the crockpot with the water.
Cover, and cook on low for 7 hours. (this is when you sleep!!)
IN THE MORNING, YOU WILL HAVE:
Creamy, bland, tasteless oatmeal. You can add stuff at the table: honey, sliced fruit, brown sugar, etc.
OR, you can get fancy and do mixing and cook overnight with the mixings.
WHAT MY KIDS LIKE:
2 cups rolled oats
4 1/2 cups water (many times I mix half milk, half water)
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix (1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 nutmeg, 1/8 cloves)
2 small granny smith apples, diced (I leave on the skin because I'm terribly lazy)
In the morning they sprinkle on a bit more cinnamon and they like sliced bananas, too. What they'd REALLY like is for me to let them add brown sugar, but I don't.
because I'm terribly mean, too.
The rolled oats disappear and become porridge-like. There is no longer a chew to the oats --- my kids like this a lot because it's the most similar to the little packets of sugar-laden oatmeal.
This is a very easy way to get a hot breakfast on a busy morning.
I played around with the timing for those who don't have a programmable slow cooker, and if you do low for 7 hours you will be just fine. If you sleep longer (I'm jealous), it'll just get a bit dried out on the edges, but you can easily fix that by stirring in some milk.