Thursday, September 29, 2011

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal - In the Crockpot

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal - In the Crockpot recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Soaked overnight and then poured into the crockpot in the morning, this was the easiest breakfast we've had in a while. The kids were excited to try another variety of crockpot oatmeal. It amuses me that my son who dislikes regular oatmeal likes this version so very much. Similar to our Banana Walnut Oatmeal, this is closer to a warm muesli cereal than a cooked oatmeal. Although, after soaking all night, this texture was softer than the original version.

These flavors were perfect together. The almond slivers and cranberries were a great combination. My three boys managed to eat every bite of this by themselves. I did steal a taste though and it was excellent. I'm already planning to make it again this weekend.

Cranberry Almond Crockpot Oatmeal
(printable recipe)

3 cups milk, plus 1/2 cup additional
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup sliced almonds
Optional: 2 bananas, sliced - add these to the cooked bowls of oatmeal right before serving

Place all ingredients, except for the additional 1/2 cup milk, in a bowl and stir together. Soak overnight in the fridge. Pour into the crockpot in the morning and add an additional 1/2 cup of milk. (I added the milk, because it had absorbed all of the milk through the night. I did not want an oatmeal consistency, so I thinned it a bit with the milk.)

Stir to combine and then cook on HIGH for 1 hour or on LOW for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until desired consistency. I cooked this on high for about an hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes. Soaking in the fridge overnight softens everything nicely, so it is basically just being warmed in the Crockpot. Top with sliced bananas right before serving.

* I used a 2 quart crockpot for this recipe, but it would work fine in a larger one. Just watch the oatmeal and see if it is cooking more quickly than the recipe describes.

Cranberry Almond Oatmeal - In the Crockpot recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

10 comments:

  1. I've been wanting to make oatmeal in the crockpot for while, but was going to wait until it felt a little more like winter around here. It's hard to excited about such a warm and comforting breakfast when it's 100 degrees!! lol This may make me change my mind about that though :)

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  2. Yummy and healthy breakfast...:)Slurp!

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  3. That is the best looking oatmeal I have ever seen! And believe me, I really dislike oatmeal!

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  4. Mary, your oatmeal looks delicious...such a hearty way to start the day.
    Hope you are having a great day :-)

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  5. Never thought of oatmeal in a crock pot-- but boy, do I love my crockpot!

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  6. This looks like such a treat for breakfast!

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  7. That looks like a very tasty breakfast.

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  8. This is a wonderful way to enjoy breakfast oatmeal. I Really like the idea of using the crockpot. Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  9. I did a similar recipe with dried cherries and it was really yummy. We ate it all week, which was nice. I'm ready to start having oatmeal again for breakfast..yum!

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  10. I love oatmeal for breakfast. I bet I would love this combination, it sounds so tasty.

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