Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

well, hello octobah. fancy seeing you here.

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and these steeellll cut oatsss.

this little dish makes me feel like i need to be in flannel and chewing on a piece of straw. around a bonfire. with gourds. the basic things, as the kids say these days. they’re “on fleek.” <— do the quotes show my age? oh, my gray hairs do? oh, you said, wrinkles. i hear the hearing goes next.

maybe i just need to go to my hoosier home.

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you don’t feel the seasons quite as much in the city. i blame the tall buildings. by midday it’s hard to find the sun, the highrises providing nearly constant shade. chicagoans are constantly crossing the street to be in the sun as they turn corners. don’t tell me you don’t do it.

i was in nashville and san francisco last week and on my walk to work monday morning, i turned the corner onto state street, looked down and walked through leaves. they crunched beneath my feet, and you could smell it in the air. suddenly fall was in my face like leggings are on every girl in town.

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i dont even know what happened, it was labor day, then i blinked and it’s october.

with the start of fall, the crockpot comes out of hiding. why do some people call it a crockpot and others call it a slow cooker? i prefer crockpot. slow cooker sounds kind of snooty. it’s like people who say “autumn,” dontchathink?

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these slow cooker (ugh i’m snooty aren’t i?) oats are just oozy, warm, amazing-ness. come on over and sit by me, we’ll warm eachother right up. i’d swipe right anytime (<— i’m disgusting, but people ACTUALLY say these things to other people. and by people i mean men, and by other people i mean me. i should’ve taken my dad up on that whole arranged marriage thing (i’m kidding)). that was a long parentheses. good thing i’m so up on my grammar on this blog.

they’re simple, they’re clean and they can be made into pretty much anything. they’re perfect for the holidays. throw a bunch of hooligan toppings into bowls and let them feast. like they say, cook it – and they will come.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups fat free, soy or almond milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
  • toppings:
  • – banana
  • – brown sugar
  • – dried cranberries, cherries
  • – chopped walnuts, almond
  • literally anything that sounds good to you.
Instructions
  1. here’s the trick – you need to grease up your crockpot a bit. with cooking spray or some oil, just do it. or else you have sticky mess. turn it on low.
  2. add water, milk, and oats. stir until combined.
  3. add vanilla, cinnamon, maple syrup and flaxseed.
  4. cook oats for 8 hours or overnight. if you’re in a rush, you can do high for 4 hours but it’s just not the same. you want to wake up to these puppies.
  5. you can refrigerate and reheat throughout the week!

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