Everyone KNOWS breakfast is the most important meal of the day but I’m sooo bad about it. I’m a total pain to wake up most days (just ask A) and then I’m rush rushing about to get out the door. At best, I’ll often take a granola bar or something to snack on with my morning coffee (made curtsey of A and our personal singles blender) but I know this isn’t good and one of the really cool things I learned at the expo was this idea for a make ahead breakfast, which is super spiffy and makes me love my crockpot even more! Now to give proper credit, this idea comes from Alta at Tasty Treats at Home. Woman is a genius! I’m just sharing the love.Difficulty: None. Nonexistent. Time: 5 minutes active. Several hours passive. (While you sleep!)
Mise en Place
- Flatbottomed Glass bowl or Corningware that will fit inside your crockpot.
- Measuring Cups
- Heathly smattering of butter. (Enough to butter your flat bottomed container)
- Gluten Free Oats and liquid required to make your favorite oatmeal recipe large enough for everyone it needs to feed and that will fit into your flatbottomed container (in my case 2 cups of oats and 4 cups of Almond milk)
- 1/4 cup pecans (optional)
- Dash of vanilla
- 1/2 c Brown sugar/Coconut sugar, etc
- Dash of Cinnamon
Now, the night before you want your food, give yourself 5 to 10 minutes to pull this all together and you’re set for the next morning. Take your crock-pot out and find a glass or corning-ware that has a flat bottom. Now butter the flat-bottomed container and stick it inside the crock-pot. Now fill with your oatmeal ingredients. Then fill up the sides outside the flat-bottomed container but inside the porcelain crock-pot with water until its about half way up the side of the Corningware. Now put the lid on, set the crockpot on low (and plug it in of course) and let it cook overnight until the morning. All done! Alta also has some other amazing recipes for Tasty Treats at Home, so why don’t you go see?
Now, here’s the thing, I’m doing this mostly from memory. Memory of something that was being told while running around like a chicken with my head cut off. The way this ended up for me is more like a puffy bread pudding and was awesome. But if you actually want oatmeal, then you’d probably need to scoop it out and then add some more milk/butter/sugar/etc to make it souper. But it tastes friggin’ awesome!
What do you do for a quick breakfast?