1. SLOW COOKER OVERNIGHT APPLE CINNAMON OATS
3 apples, cored and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 1/2 cup 2% milk
1 cup apple cider
1/2 cup water
1 (heaping) cup steel-cut oats or old fashioned oats
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. ground flax seed
1/4 tsp. salt
Optional garnishes: nuts, dried fruit, bananas
Coat the inside of your crockpot generously with cooking spray. You will NOT want to miss this step cause otherwise you will be standing over the sink scraping the little sucker.
Add all the ingredients to the crockpot (minus the garnishes), stir, cover, and cook on low for 7 hours.
Serve hot and with garnishes, if desired.
To reheat: put oatmeal in microwave-safe bowl and add a splash or two of milk to re-moisten it up. Zap it for 30 seconds, take it out, stir it around, then zap for another 10-20 seconds.
2. MAKE AHEAD BUTTERY BAKED OATMEAL
5 c. regular oats (not quick cooking oats)
2-1/2 c. dry milk
2-1/2 c. brown sugar, plus additional when baking
2-1/2 c. raisins
1 T. cinnamon
2 tsp. kosher salt
*** Note that this recipe makes a large amount of dry oatmeal mix, for easy prep of individual servings on busy mornings.
Prepare the dry mix in a large bowl by stirring together the oats, dry milk, brown sugar, raisins, cinnamon, and salt.
to prepare a large single serving or one that works for two smaller servings:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a medium oven-proof bowl, combine 1-1/4 cups prepared oatmeal mixture, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 c. boiling water. Stir. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a bit browned and bubbly at the edges. Remove bowl from oven and place 1/2 tablespoon of butter on the top center of the oatmeal. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons brown sugar over the butter. Turn on broiler and return bowl to oven, broiling until the butter and brown sugar on top caramelize and bubble. This should take just a minute or two. Remove from oven and serve with warmed half and half or milk, if desired.
to prepare a single serving:
Preheat oven to 350°. In a small oven-proof bowl, combine a generous half cup prepared oatmeal mixture, 1/2 tablespoon butter, and 1/2 c. boiling water. Stir. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until a bit browned and bubbly at the edges. Remove bowl from oven and place 1 teaspoon of butter on the top center of the oatmeal. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon brown sugar over the butter. Turn on broiler and return bowl to oven, broiling until the butter and brown sugar on top caramelize and bubble. This should take just a minute or two. Remove from oven and serve with warmed half and half or milk, if desired.
3. CROCK POT BLUEBERRY BREAKFAST CASSEROLE
3 Tbsp melted butter
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup cream of wheat- uncooked
1 cup flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg slightly beaten
1 cup milk
¼ cup oil
1 T baking powder
½ tsp salt
2 cups blueberries
¼ cup chopped walnuts
Mix all ingredients except blueberries and nuts.
Fold in blueberries and nuts.
Coat crock pot generously with cooking spray.
Pour batter into your crock pot
Cover and cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1½ -2 hours or until the casserole sets up
4. BANANA AND CHOCOLATE CHIP OATMEAL CUPS
3 cups rolled oats or old fashioned oats
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
¼ cup pure maple syrup
1 cup mashed banana, 2 bananas
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup 1% milk
¼ cup melted coconut oil
1 cup mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
In a medium bowl combine the rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Crack the 2 eggs into another medium bowl. Whisk together with the maple syrup, mashed banana, and vanilla extract till the ingredients are combined and smooth.
Slowly whisk in the milk and coconut oil.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir until all the oats are covered and moistened.
Slowly stir in the chocolate chips.
Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray then divide the oatmeal mixture among the 12 muffins tins. Press the mixture down with a spoon so all the oats are covered in liquid.
Bake for 30 minutes or until the tops are slightly brown.
Let cool for 5 minutes. Enjoy with a little pure maple syrup.