Slow Cooker Peanut Butter Oatmeal
I am a peanut butter fiend and I'm always looking for more ways to eat it - besides the obvious PB&J sandwich. I take it to work to eat with apple slices and put it in cookies, but one of my favorite ways to enjoy it is in oatmeal.
This slow cooker peanut butter oatmeal can be pulled together in less than 10 minutes - then you just set it and forget it for 8 hours.
One of my requirements for a successful slow cooker recipe is that it can take at least 7 to 8 hours. Slow cooker recipes that are for 3 to 4 hours on low are not really helpful to me, outside of the weekend. I'm not looking to come home at 5 pm and then start a four-hour slow cooker recipe. But, if I can throw something in overnight or for the whole time I'm at work then it really is time-saving for me.
So, my requirement for this oatmeal was that I could cook it for a full 7 to 8 hours. I tried to create a recipe for an overnight breakfast crumble, which was a huge fail - we threw the vast majority of it away because it was so bad. Crumble really only wants to be cooked for 4 hours...not the 8 hours I decided to try.
I also really wanted to make this oatmeal with realistic ingredients that you probably already have on hand - for me those are almond milk, steel cut oats, apples, and peanut butter. It's a lot more fun if you can throw a bunch of toppings on as well - fresh fruit works great, as do chopped nuts and dried fruit.
I love to throw weird ingredients in lots of my recipes, but I also appreciate an EASY warm breakfast. If I'm lucky, I get up early and make some scrambled eggs and cut up an avocado and a Kumato tomato, sprinkle them with salt and pepper and enjoy a relaxing breakfast. This rarely happens during the winter though - when the sun is not out, I don't want to wake up early. Enter, overnight slow cooker oatmeal.
I hope you enjoy this delicious, overnight oatmeal recipe as much as I do. If you don't need all four servings, this recipe will keep well in the fridge for a day or two. It reheats well but is a little less moist. Splash it with some almond milk or water and you should be fine!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 apples (I used Honeycrisp), diced
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- optional toppings: peanut butter, nuts, fruit