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    Default A tip! For crockpot oatmeal.

    I would love to have my kids eat oatmeal in the morning, but the little packets are too pricey considering 1 needs 3, another needs 2, and 1 starts one but never finishes....

    I have tried instant oatmeal, but we tend to burn that.

    I have tried numerous recipes for the crockpot, and it ends up essentially burnt or at least dark brown and no one will eat it.


    So with some experimenting, we have SUCCESS!

    Basic recipe:
    4 cups water
    1/2 cup milk
    1 cup steel cut oats
    1/4 brown sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp vanilla

    to this you can add dry fruit(up to 1/2 cup or so) if you do, add a little more fluid. Or fresh/frozen fruit(1 cup approx). Add seasonings too, cinnamon compliments apples and rhubarb.

    now, put all ingredients in a glass bowl that will fit in your crockpot. Then add water to the crockpot, it should fill near to the top of the bowl. This creates a water bath for the oatmeal to cook in. No dry hard and crusty oatmeal!

    It takes about 2 minutes to assemble. So set it up before bed and it's ready for the family in the morning! My kids love it. Ds isn't pigging out on cereal and he's not needing to bring extra food to get him through the morning. He takes a generous helping in the morning and he isn't hungry until 20 minutes before lunch. So it's a great start! Cereal he was hungry by the time he got to school.

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    You can also make your own "instant" oatmeal packets:

    http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/...cost-analysis/

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    I didn't care for having to buy containers or ziplocks etc. It is a great concept. I am aiming for all glass, so it's a pricey endevor to get a bunch. I get them as i find them at goodwill, garage sales etc. Slow process.

    The crock pot oatmeal is really creamy, and I have complete control over how much sugar goes in. This is huge, as ds15 and dd10 have a major sugar addiction. They are losing that sweet tooth..lol

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    Mahalo ladies - both will ideas will be used as soon as the weather cools off a bit!!

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    Thanks to both of you! How long do cook it for?

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    Can you use quick oats or old fashioned oats? They're WAY cheaper than steel cut oats around these parts.

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