When you’re rushed in the morning it can be hard to have a hot healthy breakfast option. My solution? Put some oats in the slow cooker before you go to bed and in the morning you’ll have a steaming hot, filling breakfast ready for you and your loved ones. Pre-chop some toppings the night before or just eat plain. This recipe is titled Maple Bacon Steel Cut Oats, but you can really add anything to the slow cooked oats that you’d like. Maple syrup and bacon was what I decided to top my husband’s with this morning. I ate mine plain, but tomorrow (there were leftovers) I plan to top mine with some bananas, chopped pecans, and some brown sugar. Another option is mixing in savory ingredients like some cheddar cheese and chives. The options are endless really. All you have to do is pop 4 ingredients into the slow cooker before you head to bed. So easy!

Helpful Kitchen Tool: Slow Cooker

Overnight Maple Bacon Steel Cut Oats
Serves 4
Steel cut oats prepared in the slow cooker topped with maple syrup and bacon crumbles.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 C. steel cut oats
  2. 2 C. water
  3. 2 C. milk (I used original unsweetened almond milk)
  4. 1.5 T. butter
  5. Cooking spray (Optional)
  6. 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  7. maple syrup to taste
Instructions
  1. Spray the sides and bottom of your slow cooker with cooking spray (optional, but will prevent ingredients from sticking)
  2. Add oats, water, milk, and butter to the slow cooker
  3. Give a quick stir and cover
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours
  5. When done cooking, spoon some oatmeal into a bowl and top with 1-2 slices worth of bacon crumbles and drizzle with maple syrup
Notes
  1. You can top these oats with anything! If you are not a maple/bacon fan, add bananas, berries, brown sugar, and/or pecans for a sweet oatmeal. For a savory oatmeal try adding some shredded cheese, chives, spinach, tomatoes and/or sausage crumbles.
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