When we have family get togethers it's usually early so we typically serve Brunch. It seems though we ALWAYS serve the same things over and over again. Bagels, lox, salads, french toast casserole etc. So this time when I had my entire family over for Brunch to celebrate my daughter's 12th birthday I decided to add a new item - Oatmeal. I know many family members like oatmeal including many of the kids but I also know that everyone likes to eat oatmeal flavored their own way. For example, my kids love brown sugar and maple syrup in their oatmeal but my Mom always flavors hers with a little salt and prefers it more savory. So I set up a "bar" of flavoring ingredients which was also a great way to make use of the case of mason jars I just bought at target. I made a double portion of slow cooker steel cut oatmeal (recipe below) and set up mason jars filled with different ingredients. Brown sugar, coconut, nuts, maple syrup, dried fruit, cinnamon - just to name a few. I also had a jar with fresh blueberries (not shown). The options are endless! This was a fun addition to our family brunch menu. The kids really loved making their own oatmeal as did the adults.
1 cup Steel Cut oats (not the quick cook)- Also known as Irish Oats.
1 1/2 cups low fat milk or Almond Milk
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a slow cooker add all ingredients and stir. Set your slow cooker to the low and let cook for 3 hours. Check oatmeal after 3 hours and give it a stir and a taste. Oatmeal should be thick but spoonable. When tasted it should have a lot of texture but be soft not be crunchy. If you feel your oatmeal is too thick add a splash a milk and give it a good stir. If you feel it's too runny let it cook for another 30 minutes and check again. Every slow cooker is different so you will have to play around with your recipe to see how long it will take for you. If you want to cook it longer you can also set your slow cooker to warm intend of low and let it go for 4-5 hours before checking.