Slow Cooked Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

Waking up to hot oatmeal is a joy.  And this Peaches and Cream Oatmeal is absolutely scrumptious!  It only takes a few minutes to prep in the evening.  I use my small slow cooker with a cheapo hack to make it programmable.

This recipe makes 4-6 servings.  The leftovers heat up well in the microwave.  It’s thick after being refrigerated, but just add a little milk to thin them down.

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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

I was so excited to find Quaker Steel Cut Oats on the grocery shelf the other day.  They were over a dollar less expensive than the brand my store usually carries, making them pretty affordable.  I like to use steel cut oats in the slow cooker, because they hold up better.

I wanted to make something more interesting than a normal bowl of oats, so I checked out the Quaker site.  Lots of recipes over there, but none for steel cut oats.  I couldn’t believe it!

Since I didn’t find any recipes, I created my own.  Actually, the idea comes from Good Life Eats.  Katie created Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal using old fashioned oats.  I didn’t follow her recipe, but the idea came from her.

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Slow Cooked Apple Oatmeal

I was going to call this Apple Pie Oatmeal, because it really does taste as good as apple pie.  I’ve made it twice now.  Once I used regular oatmeal (not quick cooking).  The second time, I used steel cut oats.  They were more expensive, but I thought they held up better in the slow cooker.  Jim thought that the regular oats were just as good.  They were good, but they were a little mushier than I would like.

The taste of both versions was delish!  Apples, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar…all for breakfast!  And the leftovers heat up great the next day.  Just add extra milk and microwave. [Read more…]

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

Unfortunately, you only get to see a photo of the ingredients this time.  I completely forgot to take pictures of the cookies!

Let me see if I can paint a word picture for you.  They were round, lightly browned, chock full of oats and studded with plenty of chocolate chips, not too flat or too fluffy, the perfect amount of sweet.

I adapted the recipe from the back of the Great Value quick oats box, swapping out shortening for butter and using more chocolate chips than the original called for.

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Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

whole wheat cranberry oatmeal cookies done

Most of my desserts don’t rank high on nutrition.  I don’t expect that out of a dessert.  But this one is different.  Made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal and dried cranberries, these cookies offer more than just good taste.  The recipe is adapted from Whole Foods for the Whole Family.  The original called for wheat germ, but I didn’t have any so I altered the amount of flour.  I also added cranberries to give them more taste and interest.

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