Saturday, April 14, 2012

Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal

Today I had to wake up at 5:45 in the morning to get ready for work.  Not only is that 15 minutes before my normal weekly wake-up time (6) for school, but it is SATURDAY.  Also, last night was Relay for Life.  That means, I tried to stay for as much relay as possible while still getting home and going to be to attain a reasonable amount of sleep...5 hours.  It also means that I was at relay for 5 hours and then woke up while it was still going on. 

Relay for Life was a ton of fun and a huge success.  I am always amazed to see the massive turn out and it is shocking to me to think of the amount of money that is raised at those events.  At the same time, it was very sad to see the sheer number of people so closely affected by cancer.  My heart goes out to everyone who has had to witness this terrible disease in any way.  I was proud to be a part of an event such as this one.  Nights like last night remind all of us of how much we can do to show we care.

All this waking up early and getting very little sleep has made me want to share a recipe with you for Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal.  I made this over spring break and it was fantastic.  I am already a huge oatmeal lover and this was the best oatmeal I had ever had! I can't wait to try different flavors and variations.

Also, this oatmeal is perfect for the life of a teacher, which is going to look very similar to my life nowadays.  The whole waking up before the sun and getting going is what my life is going to be all about.  I love how this recipe is so simple.  YOu throw it together the night before and in the morning you have hot, steamy, delicious oatmeal all ready to go!

Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal (Inspired by Chocolate & Carrots)

1/2 cup steel cut oats
1 cup skim milk
2 cups water

1. Place all ingredients in a ceramic bowl that can hold at least 4 cups.  Place the ceramic bowl in your slow-cooker.  Fill the slow cooker with water so that the water comes almost to the top of the bowl.  Let cook on  low for 6-9 hours (I did 8).
2. Top with your favorite toppings! I used a little honey, dried cranberries, and fresh blueberries...yum!


  1. Great idea, making your breakfast ahead! It probably made your house smell very nice in the morning too!

    1. Thanks! And yep! My family was so happy :)

  2. You might also try adding the dried cranberries with your cereal the night before. They should be plumped up by morning. This is even easier than what I do. (Pour hot water on the oats at night, then cook for about 8-10 minutes in the morning to finish up. To add an extra yummy factor, melt butter in the pan and roast the oats before adding the hot water. Watch out, as the water will steam when you pour it in.)

  3. I can't wait to try this recipe. I have to admit I am not the weeked line cook to my kids that I wish I was. This is a great alternative. Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. This is my favorite way to have oats. I crock pot them with the spices and sweetener already added. YUM!