Do you ever have those mornings that are slow, lazy, cold, and make you not want to get up for work? That kind of morning is what this oatmeal is perfect for. Dump a few simple ingredients into your slow cooker the night before, let it cook while you sleep, and wake up to the aroma of warm and comforting oatmeal, that is healthy, hearty and even vegan! Top with your preferred sweetener and bask in the glory of not having to prepare a meal while you’re still half asleep.
This oatmeal utilizes a winter favorite: fresh cranberries. The juicy little bulbs are full of vitamins, and have just enough punch of sour that they’re sure to get your taste buds, along with the rest of you, ready to tackle the day.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
Serves 4, can be doubled
- 1 C steel cut oats
- 1 C fresh cranberries
- 2 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 3-4 tbsp flaxseed meal
- 4 C water
Spray the interior walls of your slow cooker or crockpot with PAM. In the order they appear above, pour ingredients into the slow cooker and stir well.
Cover and turn on to LOW for 6-8 hours. If you want this sooner, turn to HIGH for 3-4 hours. Stir again and serve hot. Top with maple syrup or brown sugar, and if you’re not vegan: honey or white chocolate chips. Enjoy!
This can also be portioned out for leftovers, which is what I do. Simply spoon into airtight containers, allow to cool completely, and refrigerate. Reheat, adding a bit of water or non-dairy milk. Stir and eat!
How do YOU battle the cold, dreary winter mornings?