This is a very simple and healthy recipe for overnight cinnamon maple crockpot steel-cut oats. It is an inexpensive breakfast that is very delicious and nourishing for the whole family.
Nourishing Our Bodies
Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about the importance of not just filling our stomachs so we aren’t hungry but actually nourishing our bodies with good food. It’s a different way of viewing food. It’s taken time but slowly I’ve learned how best to do that for my family. This is one of the reasons we’ve chosen to cook most of our food from scratch with whole food ingredients, that are raised and grown the way God intended.
Deciding that this was important to our family and shopping for food this way has definitely affected the grocery budget! There is just no way around it. Everything grown organically and raised on pasture instead of in crowded barns is going to cost more.
It’s nice to find a recipe that is inexpensive but still nourishing. And to top it off, it also requires very little effort on the part of the cook. Also, leftovers aren’t a problem as they can be heated on the stove with a little water or milk and be enjoyed at another time.
Soaking the Oats
I’ve learned that soaking oats ahead of time helps to make them even more nourishing to the body and easier to digest. I definitely don’t soak my oats all the time because life happens, I forget and I’m not perfect. When I remember, I like to soak my oats for eight hours in water and whey (or sometimes apple cider vinegar). There are several different mediums for soaking oats but I tend to like the way they turn out when I use whey.
Small 2-quart Crockpot
I like to make this recipe in a small 2-quart crock-pot. This is the one I have. I’ve never tried the recipe in a large crock-pot but if that’s all you have, I would recommend doubling the recipe as I’m not sure it would turn out quite right otherwise. This little crock-pot is super handy. I’ve taken it with us sometimes when we’ve gone on vacations and I wanted to have an easy healthy breakfast to serve.
Recipe for Overnight Cinnamon Maple Steel-Cut Oats
1 cup of steel cut oats
4 cups of filtered water
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
1 cup of milk (I like to add some cream to the milk when I have it, because it is amazing!)
3 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1/8 – 1/4 cup of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like it)
1 tablespoon of collagen powder (Optional – but great for your hair and nails)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Instructions for Cinnamon Maple Steel-Cut Oats
Morning Before – Add steel-cut oats, water and whey (or apple cider vinegar, yogurt, kefir, etc.) to crock pot. Soak all day for at least 8 hours. Don’t turn the crockpot on until the evening.
Evening Before Bed – Add salt to crockpot. Cover and cook on low heat all night until oats are soft and creamy.
Morning – Add milk/cream, butter, maple syrup, collagen powder, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir ingredients together for about a minute until well incorporated. Serve with banana slices and a dash of cinnamon on top.
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Overnight Cinnamon Maple Steel Cut Oats
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 tsp whey, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, yogurt or kefir
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 cup milk or cream
- 3 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/8 - 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp collagen powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Sliced Bananas on top
Morning Before - Add water and whey, apple cider vinegar, yogurt, kefir, etc. to crock pot. Soak all day for at least 8 hours.
Evening Before Bed - Add salt to crockpot. Cover and cook on low heat all night until oats are soft and creamy.
Morning - Add milk/cream, butter, maple syrup, collagen powder, cinnamon and vanilla. Stir ingredients together for about a minute until well incorporated. Serve with banana slices on top.
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