I am a big fan of easy breakfasts and what can be better than waking up to the smell of banana and cinnamon? These overnight slow cooker banana steel cut oats are so easy to whip up the night before. In just one pot, the oats cook while you are sleeping and you wake up to a delicious, warm, satisfying, and filling breakfast. There are no messes in the morning and it makes you feel even better because you know you are feeding your family a healthy and nutritious breakfast. I love steel cut oats because of the hearty texture and nutty taste. Also, another reason why I absolutely love this recipe is because it normally takes 30 minutes to cook steel cut oats on the stove, but when you make it in the crock pot the night before, all the magic happens while you are sleeping. 🙂 This makes a big batch and stores well in the refrigerator or freezer. To reheat, just mix your desired portion of oats with a splash of your choice of milk and warm it in the microwave. This is great with toppings like peanut butter, nuts, fresh cut bananas, berries, cinnamon, chocolate chips, or maple syrup.
Overnight Slow Cooker Banana Steel Cut Oats
1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
4 cups water
2 cups unsweetened almond milk, or any kind you like
2 large mashed ripe bananas, plus additional banana slices for serving
3 Tbsp ground flaxseed meal (you can also use chia seeds or hemp seeds)
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp sea salt
For serving: chopped nuts, raisins, chocolate chips, maple syrup, peanut butter, or any other mix-ins you enjoy with oats
Place all of the ingredients except the toppings in the bottom of a 4-to-6-quart slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours (overnight) or on high for 4 hours, until the oats are soft but maintain a bit of chew. Remove cover and stir to evenly combine the ingredients. Enjoy warm with desired toppings.
(Recipe adapted from Well Plated)