Overnight slow cooker oats - bring on more sleep!

Overnight slow cooker oats - bring on more sleep!

Running out of time in the mornings to cook porridge or end up burning the porridge before its properly cooked? Try slowcooker oats. Cook a large batch at the start of the week, and heat it up for the rest of the week. I did and it works a treat!

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Steel cut vs rolled 

Steel cut oats is the less processed option. Rolled oats are pre-steamed to make it easier to roll. Rolling the oats reduces the cooking time. Steel cut oats are slower to digest and therefor might not spike your blood sugar as drastically. Adding fat (butter or coconut oil), protein (chia seeds or yogurt) and fibre to your breakfast, will lower the chance of a midmorning energy crash!

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How to...

To make slow cooker oats: Place 1.5 cups steel cut oats and 6 cups water and/or milk/mylk in a slow cooker with a 5ml of salt just before you go to bed. Leave the slow cooker on low. This recipes doesn't work for smaller  quantities, though, since the less water you have in the slow cooker, the more is evaporates and can cook dry to soon. 

 

Since the porridge has got a good 7 hours to soak up flavours, you can add ground or whole cinnamon, dates or raisins for sweetness, nutmeg, goji berries and the list is endless

Leave slowcooker on low overnight for at least 7 hours. When you choose to make slow cooker oats from rolled oats, you will need much less water. 1 1/4 cups liquid for 2 cups rolled oats. The rolled oats will however break down more and the end reslutl will be a much creamier and porridge like consistency.

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Toppings

To add nutritional value and taste to your porridge, try some of the following nutritious seasonal or dried toppings like nuts (almonds, pecan nuts etc), raisins, goji berries, cinnamon, stewed/fresh grated apple, pear, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, citrus fruit like orange/mandarin, ground flaxseed, maple syrup, dried cranberries, coconut flakes, dried fruits, nut butters, tahini paste, yogurt or ricotta.

Lining a baking tin with greaseproof paper

Lining a baking tin with greaseproof paper

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