A Healthy, Yummy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal

A while back, I posted a recipe for Baked Oatmeal that I would prepare over the weekend for us to eat during the week for breakfast.  Well, I wanted to share another easy recipe with you that I discovered on The Yummy Life blog – Slow Cooker, Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal.

Not only is this recipe easy, it’s healthy and very, very yummy!  We double the recipe and my husband and I can eat it for the whole week.

Monica at The Yummy Life has some other slow cooker oatmeal recipes in different flavors.  I haven’t tried them all yet because this one keeps us coming back for more.

Happy breakfasting!  Thanks Monica!

Slow Cooker, Cherry Almond Steel-Cut Oatmeal
By Monica              Servings: 7 (3/4-cup) servings
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 apple, peeled and grated (approx. 1 cup grated); or 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces, optional (omit or substitute margarine for lactose-free, vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: toasted sliced almonds, maple syrup, additional almond milk or butter
Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 7 hours. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup almond milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 5 pts per 3/4 cup serving

Image: Monica Matheny at The Yummy Life

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