02 May 2008

Slow Oats for Breakfast

When I found out a recent blood test (not fasting, mind you) discovered an elevated cholesterol level, I went on the offensive. Breaking out the slow-cooker, I made enough steel-cut oatmeal for 8 breakfasts.

The pink color in the slow cooker above isn't a trick of the light, it's due to the Trader Joe's freeze-dried strawberries I added to the mixture. Actually, I added a lot of stuff to this oatmeal: almond milk, extra oat bran, flax meal, hazelnuts and more. To sweeten it a bit, I added some agave nectar. That really made a difference -- since then, I've made different versions with other dried fruit, but without the agave, and it's just not as good.

But it's still crunchy from the nuts; chewy from the oats; sweet and tangy from the fruit; and chock full of healthy, cholesterol-lowering goodness.

Here's my recipe:

Deb's Slow Oats

Makes 8 portions.


4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup steel-cut oats
1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries (or any dried fruit)
1/4 cup museli (chose one with lots of nuts, seeds and dried fruit)
1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts chopped coarsely
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons agave nectar
2 tablespoons flax meal
1/4 cup oat bran
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup water


1. Add all the ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir well.
2. Turn the cooker on high and leave it for 2 hours.
3. Spoon into 8 containers and heat for breakfast when desired.

I added a little water to the chilled oatmeal each day to loosen it up.

By the way, I had blood drawn today and will find out next week what my number should be. I'll certainly post it here.

What do you put in your oatmeal?


sarah marie said...

This sounds really amazing. I love the idea of having crunchy nuts for a contrast of textures. You have a great blog!

I actually blend oatmeal in my breakfast smoothies. Sounds weird, but I love it. Frozen fruit, plain nonfat yogurt (practically the only kind of dairy I eat), OJ, flaxseed, and several spoons of cooked oatmeal... yum! Sometimes I also throw in spinach. :)

Laura said...

When I've tried making them in my crock pot, I end up with some burned stuff...I think my crock pot thermostat must be a little off! Here's a link to how I make mine.


We love agave nectar in ours too! I've done peanut butter and agave for a 'PBJ' flavor, and it's really yummy (even for supper!)

Sometimes I make the oats with applesauce and cinnamon too...and a little chopped fresh apple. I think the possibilities are endless!

Deb Schiff said...

The burning happened to me once or twice, but I guess I needed to add more liquid. I'm actually make some right now in the slow cooker!