I must admit that I like a good breakfast — something that will keep me going for several hours.
And it has to taste good.
Healthy is nice idea as well.
I’ve read a bunch of recipes for making oatmeal in the crock pot, but they all make way too much or make a huge mess of the crock pot.
I thought I’d try something different.
Here’s what I do:
The parts — really simple, right?
Grains and a dash of salt.
Add the water to the jars. I have to admit it doesn’t look too appetizing right now.
In the crock pot with water around the jars. The water around the jars is an important part of the process.
In the morning… yumminess! OK, I know it still doesn’t look great. Put the lids on and store refrigerated.
When it’s time for breakfast, I heat it for a minute or so in the microwave then I add about a tablespoon of jam and stir it in.
A warm and hearty breakfast!
For each jar:
1/3 Cup Multigrain Cereal
a Dash of Salt (optional, but I think it tastes better with it)
1 Cup Water
Figure out how many jars will fit in your crock pot. I can put 3 wide mouth pints in mine.
Add the cereal, salt, and water to each jar. Place the jars in the crock pot and add water around the jars to about the same depth as the water/cereal mix in the jars. This part is important to keep the cereal from drying out and also to keep the jars from breaking. Do not put the jar lids on the jars at this time.
Put the crock pot lid on the crock pot (the jars are still lidless) and turn on to Low. Cook around 8 10 hours or overnight.
In the morning, remove the jars from the crock pot and let them cool for a bit (around 30 minutes) before putting the lids on. This keeps them from sealing tightly. Store the cooled cereal in the refrigerator until ready to use.
I heat the jar (without the lid) for about a minute in the microwave, give it a stir and then give it a little bit more if it needs it. I like to flavor it with about a tablespoon of jam. You can add whatever you like.
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