In my book, JUGGLE, I give a lot of tips about setting ourselves up for success on hectic days. One of my favorite things to do is to prepare something for breakfast the night before and wake up to it.
This recipe is one I found this past year and I love doing this on Saturday nights as it makes Sunday morning breakfast easy and super yummy. It's all ready when we wake up -- all we need to do is dish it up and eat it.
While the recipe calls for bananas I also sometimes use dried cherries.It calls for old fashioned oats, but sometimes I also use steel cut oats, which is one of my favorites. When I am making it with cherries, I omit the cinnamon and instead use a teaspoon of almond flavoring. FANTASTIC either way! Definitely be sure to use the non-stick cooking spray and note that sometimes I have to soak my crock pot for a while to get it clean afterwards, but it's worth it.
Overnight Banana Cinnamon Crock Pot Oatmeal
- 2 cups old-fashioned oats (Note: Not the quick cook/instant kind)
- 3 ½ cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 bananas, mashed
- 1 banana, sliced for garnish (optional)
Using non-stick cooking spray, thoroughly spray the bottom and sides of the Crockpot insert.
Add the old-fashioned oats, water, milk, cinnamon and brown sugar to the Crockpot. Mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated.
Cover and cook on the low setting for 8 hours.
Prior to serving, stir in the mashed bananas. Garnish with additional banana slices if desired.