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Monday, May 28, 2012

Crock Pot Banana Nut Oatmeal

I start out almost every morning with a bowl of oatmeal.  Instead of throwing a packet of instant oatmeal in the microwave, I made one gigantic batch of my own homemade flavored oatmeal in the crock pot and freeze it in individual servings.  It has the convenience of instant oatmeal, but the flavor and nutrition of homemade.  So far, I've made two different flavors: Apple Pie Oatmeal and now this Banana Nut Oatmeal.  

What other flavor ideas sound good for a batch of Crock Pot oatmeal?  

Crock Pot Banana Nut Oatmeal

  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1/4 cup nuts (I used walnuts this time)
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar (optional - I sometimes leave this out and add more Truvia when serving)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 6 ounces yogurt (Optional - I sometimes use Greek Vanilla, and sometimes leave it out)

In the bowl of your crock pot combine milk, water, oats, banana, nuts, sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Cook on low for 1 - 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the desired consistency.   Stir in the yogurt and let cool slightly.

Scoop 1/2 cup servings into silicone muffin pans and set in the freezer for several hours until the oatmeal is fully frozen.  Remove from the silicone muffin pan and store in airtight zippy bag or plastic container.  

When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and defrost.  Add milk, microwave and stir until smooth.  Serve with Truvia.
When I remember, I take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight.  When I don't remember (most of the time) I microwave for 30 seconds, then stir with a spoon before adding milk. 


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