Overnight soaked oatmeal is one of our favorite breakfasts. It’s inexpensive, my kids can put it together the afternoon before, and it requires no effort in the morning. We soak the oats for a few hours so the anti-nutrients found in them are broken down and the oats are more digestible. Butter or coconut oil is added to give some slow-to-digest fats to the oatmeal, this keeps everyone full all the way until lunch.
Recipe serves 4-6
Ingredients for Overnight Soaked Crockpot Oatmeal
1-1/2 cups thick rolled oats (find organic rolled oats here- don’t use instant or quick oats)
1 tablespoon lemon juice, yogurt, or kefir
4 cups water or milk
1/4 teaspoon sea salt (buy quality sea salt here)
2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil (buy quality coconut oil here)
1 cup chopped fresh fruit (1 apple , 1 pear here- I don’t peel, but my children don’t mind peels) or 1/4-1/2 cup dried (we use raisins often)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Directions for Overnight Soaked Oatmeal
This is a great activity for preschoolers to do- they can measure out the oats and water while mom slices the fruit.
Place oats, then lemon juice or kefir, then water or milk and salt in a 1-1/2 quart crockpot. Do not use one that is bigger than 2 quarts, crocckpots need to be 3/4 full to cook food properly without burning.
Add butter, fruit, and vanilla. Cover with a lid.
Turn slow cooker on low as you (mom) go to bed, oatmeal will be ready 6-8 hours later but can go a little longer if needed.
I like to have the children make this oatmeal while I’m making dinner, so it has a few hours to soak before we turn it on, this helps break down the anti-nutrients.
A note on crockpot temperature settings: The “low” setting works on mine really well, but I’ve also had crockpots that cook really hot. You may want to try the “keep warm” setting if yours has it first, and then work your way up to “low” if that isn’t warm enough. On this (the Proctor Silex 1-1/2 quart) slow cooker ‘keep warm’ really is a barely-keep-warm and low works well for cooking overnight.
A note on grains: Yes, after over 2 years grain free we do eat grains again! We eat about 1-2 servings of gluten free grains a day and gluten-containing grains occasionally.
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