Prep time: 5 minutes / Cook time: 7 to 8 hours on low
This oatmeal recipe is full of cholesterol-lowering fiber and
energy-sustaining complex carbohydrates. Steel-cut oats are
minimally processed, so they are perfect for the slow cooker.
There’s no better way to start your day than with oats, blueberries,
and a ripe banana for added sweetness.
Serves 8
Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups steel-cut oats
6 cups water
2 cups low-fat or fat-free milk, or plant-based milk
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Pinch salt
½ cup chopped walnuts, for garnish
1. Spray the bowl of the slow cooker with the cooking spray.
2. Place the oats, water, milk, blueberries, banana, vanilla,
cinnamon, brown sugar, and salt in the slow cooker. Stir well.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours.
3. Serve warm garnished with the chopped walnuts.
Per Serving (approximately 1½ cups): Calories: 202; Total Fat: 4g; Saturated
Fat: 1g; Trans Fat: 0g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g;
Cholesterol: 67mg; Sodium: 95mg; Carbohydrates: 36g; Fiber: 4g; Sugars:
24g; Protein: 8g
COOKING TIP: When you make oatmeal in your slow cooker the first
time, I suggest you monitor the time it takes to cook it to your desired
consistency. Slow cookers vary greatly in their heat intensity. To
prevent burnt edges, always spray the inside with cooking spray or
consider using a slow cooker liner.

VARIATION TIP: You can make this recipe gluten-free by using
gluten-free steel-cut oats.