what's cooking: overnight oatmeal

what's cooking

Simple as can be. We'll soon be having those chilly mornings when a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal can be so comforting. Now, I realize that oatmeal's not really a complicated dish, and you are probably wondering why I'm bothering with recipe. Here's why--this dish cooks itself (or rather, the crock pot does the work) while you are getting your coveted beauty sleep. And then you get to wake up to the warm, nutty aroma of perfectly creamy oatmeal just waiting to be enjoyed.

overnight oatmeal
2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal (not instant)
3 1/2 cups skim milk
your favorite toppings: dried apricots, golden raisins, and toasted walnuts shown here

Before you hit the hay, toss the milk and oats into a crock pot and give them a little stir. Cover and set the crock pot to low. Assemble a mixture of your favorite toppings before you turn in for the night if you're always running late in the morning like I am.

Go to bed. :)

Wake up to creamy, yummy oatmeal! Top with your favorites, plus brown sugar and cream or milk if you choose, and dig in. Bon appetit! This recipe will serve four generously.

Planning a brunch? (I hear they're all the rage.) This would be a great healthful menu option. Just prepare the toppings in separate bowls allow your guests to create their own dish.

Still too hot for this where you live? Or maybe you have leftovers? Try this swiss-style. Just mix cold (prepared) oatmeal with yogurt, fruit and nuts. Nummers!
have a lovely day, Amy

Shelley  – (August 25, 2009 at 2:37 PM)  

Great idea! My husband loves REAL oatmeal and I often join him - this will be so easy, you can eat whatever time you get up and I might even try reheating leftovers in the microwave.

Char  – (August 25, 2009 at 6:35 PM)  

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm sounds great

Amanda  – (August 26, 2009 at 1:01 AM)  

Wow, it seems so few people I know actually LIKE oatmeal. I love it...

Love the photos on your blog. Found you over @ Little Brown Pen.

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