Friday, May 18, 2012

Slow Cooked Strawberry Banana Pecan Oatmeal

Slow Cooked Strawberry Banana Pecan Oatmeal recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Closer to a warm muesli cereal than a classic cooked oatmeal, Crockpot Oatmeal is MY favorite way to make oatmeal. My kids can never make up their minds which oatmeal they like best. We eat a lot of oatmeal in this house. Traditional oatmeal, baked oatmeal, crockpot oatmeal, they are all frequently served here. My husband is perfectly content with a classic bowl of oatmeal, but I love everything about the taste and texture of oatmeal cooked slowly in the crockpot.

It might seem like a hassle first thing in the morning, but it really is simple. Stir it all together and then walk away to get ready for your day. An hour later, everyone is hungry and breakfast is ready to eat. The flavors in this oatmeal are perfect together. The softened crunch of the pecans, the sweet bananas, the tartly sweet berries, the tender oats and the brown sugar work together to make this a breakfast treat that the whole family enjoys.

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Slow Cooked Strawberry Banana Pecan Oatmeal
(printable recipe)

3 cups milk
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
2 bananas, sliced thinly
1 cup strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup pecans, chopped small
scant 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
Optional: additional sliced bananas, berries and pecans for garnish

Place all ingredients in the crockpot. Cook on HIGH for 45 minutes to 1 hour or on LOW for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until desired consistency. I rarely remember to stir mine and it turns out fine every time. The longer it cooks, the thicker the oatmeal will be.

 * I use 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.

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8 comments:

  1. Ooohh.. that looks so good! A nice comforting breakfast. I still have not made oatmeal in the crockpot - must fix that soon!

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  2. Summer is one of my favorite times to eat oatmeal because of all the fruit/berry mix-ins! I love that with the slow cooker, you don't have to stand over a hot stove to make it!

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  3. I have never had slow cooked oatmeal...it looks so good!

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  4. Great idea---I've always wanted to come up with a crockpot oatmeal that you can put in the pot the night before, but I guess that's asking a little too much of the crockpot...I'll try your way.

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  5. With my ongoing root canal saga (still not done; maybe next Tuesday, if the infection is gone by then), I'm eating a lot of oatmeal. This looks beautiful, although we never have an hour extra in the morning!

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  6. Totally in the season with these strawberry! Never tried slow cooked oatmeal before! A healthy breakfast to start the day indeed! YUM! :)

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  7. Yum, this oatmeal looks fantastic. I love the strawberry, banana, and pecan combination.

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  8. This actually sounds perfect. I love simple oatmeal myself, but could devour this one as well!

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