Oh how I love my crock pot! It turns the simplest ingredients into magic. This recipe is without a doubt, one of my favorites to make, especially when I have an early morning run. I come home sweating/freezing & the smells fill the kitchen. I melt into a bowl & it refuels me. I’m ready for the day. Who doesn’t want that?
This recipe is super easy! If you have a small crock pot, use that, if not, use the big daddy version. Spray the inside vessel with a nonstick spray. I use Pam – butter flavor. Coat it well. Then to that I add 1c of steel cut oats (not oatmeal). 4c of Trader Joe’s Cranberry Cider **You can use apple juice, apple cider, cranberry juice… the options are limitless. I just use what I have on hand. A pinch of salt. 1/8 tsp of nutmeg. 1 cinnamon stick. 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon. Stir it up and put the lid on. I usually make this around 730-8p and won’t eat until 630-7a. When I get home from my run at around 6:20 or so, I remove the lid & give it another stir. Leave the lid off for about 10-15 minutes. This will help thicken the oat mixture. Ladle into bowls and top with whatever nuts you love. I also top with Chia Seeds & dried fruit.
Chia Seed information you should know. These seeds are known as one of nature’s perfect foods. They contain essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid), protein, soluble fiber, protective antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and more. Great in smoothies as well!
This breakfast will fill you up & get you ready to battle whatever comes your way