Winter weekends and upcoming February school vacations may mean parents have sleepovers or play dates coming up and fun food is always important! This recipe for a slow cooker oatmeal and an “oatmeal bar” allows you to give the kids a healthy, warm, filling for their little bellies while leaving room for their creativity and tastes to shine. It’s also incredibly easy to put together and modify so those little hands can help to get it going, too!
2 cups old fashioned oats (not quick cooking oats)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon cinnamon
Topping Option: nuts
Topping Option: fruit
Topping Option: nut butter
Topping Option: chocolate chips
Topping Option: unsweetened coconut
Topping Option: cinnamon
Topping Option: nutmeg
Topping Option: maple syrup
non-stick cooking spray
1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with a non-stick cooking spray. Place the unsweetened almond milk and water in the slow cooker. (Note: you can adjust the ratio of almond milk to water to suit your preferences; however, I recommend that you keep the liquid to oats ratio at least 3:1).
2. Add in the oats, vanilla extract, maple syrup and cinnamon. Stir. Set on low and cook for approximately 2 ½ hours (slow cooker times may vary). You can add liquid to the oatmeal as it cooks if you prefer a softer consistency.
3. While the oatmeal finishes cooking, get creative with your oatmeal bar. Chop fruit, nuts, chocolate and bring out the nut butters, coconut, maple syrups, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and unsweetened cocoa. Let the kiddos get creative to make their own “oatmeal sundae.” Enjoy and stay warm!
Colette is a chocoholic and home baker who regularly messes up her kitchen experimenting with recipes and decorating cakes for her kids. Also a yoga teacher, Colette strives to bring elements of yoga to her work and daily life in New England with her husband, children, dogs and chickens. Follow Colette on Instagram at @sunday_bakers and on Facebook.