Overnight Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal
You knew this was coming, after yesterday, right?
My friend Marianne sent me some crockpot oatmeal recipes, which look absolutely delicious, except that I know my crockpot well enough to know that they would overcook badly on an overnight basis. So adapting them for my new foolproof overnight method was pretty simple.
Here’s the first:
Foolproof Overnight Crockpot Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oatmeal
At least an hour before bedtime, put into your crockpot:
- 7 1/2 cups hot-to-boiling water
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice or other spice blend
Cook on your (newer, cooks-everything-a-little-too-hot) crockpot’s “high” setting about an hour, till it just comes to a simmer/boil. Give it one good stir, replace lid quickly, and lower heat to “warm” setting. Go to bed.
In the morning, dish it up! Add additional seasonings or sweeteners if you’d like–or try this delicious variation:
Pumpkin-Cranberry Spiced Steel Cut Oatmeal:
follow above recipe; while oat mixture is coming to a boil the night before, make a batch of Spiced Cranberry Compote. (Essentially–2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup orange juice, 1 tsp cinnamon/nutmeg mix, pumpkin pie spice, or other sweet spice blend, bring to boil in saucepan till cranberries get soft and pop. Let cool to thicken.) In the morning, just before serving, dump entire batch of compote into the oatmeal and stir. Or just dollop a spoonful on top of your serving of oatmeal in your bowl. Whatever. It’s amazing.