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Overnight Oatmeal

Source: © EatingWell Magazine
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Active Time:  5 Minutes
Total Time:  8 Hours
  8 servings, 1 cup each
Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking.
8 cups  water
2 cups  steel-cut oats (see Ingredient note)
1/3 cup  dried cranberries
1/3 cup  dried apricots, chopped
1/4 teaspoon  salt, or to taste

Ingredient Note:  Steel-cut oats, sometimes labeled "Irish oatmeal," look like small pebbles. They are toasted oat groats—the oat kernel that has been removed from the husk that have been cut in 2 or 3 pieces. Do not substitute regular rolled oats, which have a shorter cooking time, in the slow-cooker oatmeal recipe.
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Combine water, oats, dried cranberries, dried apricots and salt in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Turn heat to low. Put the lid on and cook until the oats are tender and the porridge is creamy, 7 to 8 hours. Stovetop Variation Halve the above recipe to accommodate the size of most double boilers: Combine 4 cups water, 1 cup steel-cut oats, 3 tablespoons dried cranberries, 3 tablespoons dried apricots and 1/8 teaspoon salt in the top of a double boiler. Cover and cook over boiling water for about 1 1/2 hours, checking the water level in the bottom of the double boiler from time to time.

Recipe reprinted by permission of © EatingWell Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
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Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   8 servings, 1 cup each
Calories: 193
Sodium: 77mg
Fiber: 9g
Carbohydrates, Total: 34g
Protein: 6g
% Cal. from Fat: 14%
Fat. Total: 3g
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Rating: 1
by: Frances, MA Reviewed: 05/07/2008
Thought this would be great as I was looking for a good 'stick to your ribs' oatmeal. Halved the recipe and cooked it on low in my crockpot overnight. It was like water in the morning, never thickened up. Very disappointed as I specifically purchased steel cut oats in order to try.
Next time I will cook it as per direction on the box.
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