It baffles me every time I use the slow cooker. It’s just so easy! Why am I not constantly using it?!
I decided to try my hand at a super convenient, super easy breakfast using my mini slow cooker. I usually avoid steel-cut oats just because they’re such a hassle, but in the slow cooker, they’re totally no problem!
Plus, I was able to try out another recipe from Pure Vanilla. I love the vanilla-laden recipes. I upped the spices from the original recipe, and used Stevia instead of sugar, and it turned out simply magical. And it felt like someone made breakfast for me, for a change! Loved it.
Slow-Cooked Vanilla Spice Steel Cut Oats
(for a 3-qt slow-cooker; double recipe for 5-qt cooker)
½ cup Steel Cut Oats
2 cups water
¼ Vanilla Bean, split open
2 packets of Stevia (or 1 Tbs. of brown sugar if you prefer)
¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. allspice
unsweetened almond milk (or milk/cream), for serving (optional)
~Spray your slow cooker bowl insert with nonstick spray. Combine all of the ingredients, except for the milk, in the cooker bowl. Turn it on low and let it cook overnight, or 7-8 hours.
~In the morning, when it is done, fish out the vanilla bean, and scrape the “caviar” from the bean and stir it into the oats. Serve the oats topped with cream and a bit more Stevia (or brown sugar) for a sweet but warmly spiced breakfast treat.
*Recipe adapted from Pure Vanilla by Shauna Sever