Crock Pot Oatmeal & Oatmeal Bar

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The cooler temperatures roll in this month here in Massachusetts and it’s time for cozy breakfasts.  The kids are running out to school in the mornings and then off to activities in the afternoons and evenings, so something sustainable and delicious is a must.  My kids like oatmeal; however, I do sometimes get that “b-o-r-i-n-g” look from them when I offer it.  This recipe will make a family batch of oatmeal convenient and fun. It’s also super fun for a sleep over breakfast.

Crock Pot Oatmeal

Crock Pot Oatmeal

A hearty, delicious and fun family breakfast.
Prep Time 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups milk of your choice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking oats)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • Topping Options: nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, sprinkles, fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa etc.
  • non-stick cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Spray the inside of the crock pot with non-stick cooking spray
  • Add the milk and water to the crock pot. You can adjust the ratio of water/milk; however, I recommend that you keep the total liquid to oats ratio as 3:1.
  • Add in the oats, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 2-2 1/2 hours or on high for 45 minutes to an hour. You can add more milk to the oatmeal as it cooks if you would like a softer consistency or you find that it's cooking faster.
  • Get creative with your toppings bar while the oatmeal finishes!

Notes

  • Assemble the dry ingredients the night before and then just add in your liquids to cook once you wake up in the morning.
  • Throw this together a little before school ends for a fun after school, before practice snack.
  • Toss this in a thermos for food on-the-go!
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Colette lives in Winchendon with her husband, four children, dogs, and chickens. After 17 years of working in the Criminal Justice field, Colette left her full-time career to be more present at home and will be continuing to teach CJ students as a college adjunct instructor.  A fan of baking for as long as Colette can remember her mom and grandmothers lifting fresh Irish bread from the oven, she is the recipe developer, food photographer & chocoholic at Sundaybakers.com where she strives to create accessible and joyful recipes for busy homes. Passionate about wellness, fitness, and her Catholic Faith, she believes that a good workout, quiet time with God, and a hot cup of coffee set her up for a great day. Colette wishes she was better at gardening and she loves checking out the local food scene when she isn’t chasing kids or trying to get them out the door on time.

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