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Oatmeal in the Crock Pot Program

I can't tell you how many mornings we wake up late and scramble to get out the door. Two kids, a husband, school lunch and more... it's overwhelming! All I'm going to say is, thank goodness for Oatmeal in the Crock Pot! It's become my go-to dish when I don't have the time to make a healthy breakfast to give us all energy for a long day of work and play. Just toss the ingredients in the crock pot before you go to bed. In the morning your house will smell like fresh cinnamon and your bellies quickly will be filled with something absolutely delicious!

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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  • Carly

    This has become a household favourite, from my husband to our 5 and 2-year-old to my parents. It's super easy and super delish!

    My only problem, and I've seen others have it, too, is that the sides get completely BAKED with oatmeal, requiring soaking, scrubbing, and a whole lotta oatmeal down the drain.

    Any suggestions? More liquid? I'm hesitant to keep making it because of the mess it makes :(

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    • Catherine

      This has happened to several people. It's tough b/c every crock pot is different. I would try cooking the oatmeal for less time (5-6) hours, so as soon as the liquid absorbs it will be ready and not burnt!

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    • Linda

      Spraying with Pam does the trick.

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  • Toqua

    Have you tried the liners?

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  • Krista

    Try it in the rice cooker too!

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  • Rebecca

    I love this idea and will be trying it tomorrow! Thanks for the great recipes!!

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  • Cbirch

    Catherine - what brand of crock pot do you recommend? We don't own one but I am seeing from your recipes that it is a real time saver! Thanks.

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    • Catherine

      I got totally spoiled. My parents gave this to me for my birthday last year and it's divine. It's also pricey, but I use it several days a week, so it's worth it. http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/all-clad-deluxe-slow-cooker-with-aluminum-insert/?pkey=e%7Ccrock%2Bpot%7C3%7Cbest%7C0%7C1%7C24%7C%7C1&cm_src=PRODUCTSEARCH||NoFacet-_-NoFacet-_-Feature_Recipe_Rule-_-
      I went to target yesterday and found several models that I thought were great options between $30-50.

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  • Kerry

    Thanks! I love it! I am sharing the link with all my Stroller Strides Conejo mommies. I like to add raw apples to it and cook over night.

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  • Cathy

    try rinsing the pot first and leave it wt when you put ingredients in..

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  • [email protected] Food & Fit

    I love making oatmeal in a crock pot. I will also use Bob Red Mill's gluten free hot breakfast cereal to change up the grains. My kids like it w/ pumpkin or butternut squash with some brown sugar and butter. I'll also make it with fresh apples and raisins. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Laura

      Lisa, What a great idea! This makes it even more appealing to the older kids and adults in my family. My children are now 12 and 9 and they love everything from this site. Thanks!Laura

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  • Jen Staffeldt

    Wondering if you could make this for my 5 month old to eat since it has milk in it? Catherine, what are your thoughts? It sounds amazing and delicious! I'm trying it tonight (for my husband and I to eat later this morning.

    Yum and thanks!
    Jen

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    • Catherine

      I think at 5 months it may be a bit too young. We make this recipe using Rice Milk which is fine for babies under 1 year, but I would wait until your baby is 7 months or so. Is your baby eating purees yet?

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  • Dawn

    Crockpot liners work great for this!

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  • Mary

    I love making oatmeal in the crockpot. It's been a big hit with my family. I generally throw my ingredients in the pot in the evening (say 8ish)and turn it on low, then turn it to the warm setting before I go to bed (two or three hours later). I haven't had any problems with it burning.

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  • Charong

    We love the crock pot. What a time saver. We used to make oatmeal in ours for breakfast but haven't in a while. Will try tomorrow morning.

    I just made chili in our crock pot with pre-soaked dry beans, which I always thought was not possible. I just did everything the same but in the crock pot and it came out beautifully.

    Love your site!

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  • Tamara

    I've made this a few times now (including tonight) and it's great for the mornings I take my daughter to dayhome and don't have time to spend making a good, hearty breakfast. I was detoxing last week and off dairy so I used almond milk and it worked really well.

    My husband thought my original attempt was too mushy, so last week I set the crockpot to 'stay warm' for the first 7 to 7.5 hours, then switched it to high for about a half-hour. Keep an eye on it, but the consistency was good and it didn't burn terribly to the sides.

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  • Catherine

    I tried this and I thought it was kind of bland. So, I added sea salt, butter, vanilla, raisins, flax meal, and mashed bananas. It was delicious! The whole family loved it.

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  • Auro

    I don't see how much cinnamon is in it. If I added fruit, like apples for example, do you think they would get too mushy after 8 hours?
    Thanks for the help!

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  • Sletch

    I am so upset after making this recipe! Even after reading all the reviews about the horrific mess that was left in the crock pots, I just thought they were from people who weren't used to washing dishes. I don't have a dishwasher and am totally used to a mess and don't mind cleaning.
    But after making the oatmeal, I don't think my crockpot will ever be the same. Not only did about 1/2 cup of (cooked) oatmeal go in the trash after I scraped it off the sides, but 2 days later, hours of scraping and scrubbing and soaking, and my crock pot still shows traces of the oatmeal. How on earth this doesn't happen to everyone I don't understand. I have a stoneware crock pot, and have NEVER had this type of problem cleaning it.
    :(

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  • Mrs.M

    My attempt at this was the same as most of the others. I sprayed with Pam and it was no problem getting my crockpot cleaned out. Although it did burn to the sides and bottom. Also, the oatmeal was very mushy. Maybe I shall try again with different cook time.

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  • Rivka

    Have you tried fresh peaches mixed in with your oatmeal? It's delicious! I am sure other fresh fruits are too, but I have personally added peaches and they are so good, almost like a dessert.

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  • Erica

    I made this once before and addes apples and still thought it was too bland(at least for my taste). Any suggestions?

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  • Briony

    Here is a fool proof method to get delicious oatmeal WITHOUT making a big mess in your crockpot or having it burn. My toddlers and I eat this 4 times a week :)
    http://freezeyourwayfit.blogspot.com/2011/03/clean-eating-crockpot-overnight-oatmeal.html

    Enjoy!!

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  • Kurry Lewis

    Looks great!

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  • Dee

    Double the sauce and water if using 1 lb of pasta. I made 1/2 lb of uncoojed soaghetti for the above recipe. It worked great. Slow coojed 6 hrs without too soft of noodles and no sticking.

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