Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal

Steel cut oats cook overnight with bananas, walnuts and spices to create a healthy, make-ahead breakfast that will be waiting for you in the morning. 
Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal - The Lemon BowlIf I had to offer one secret when it comes to reaching weight loss or healthy living goals it would be to start every day with a healthy breakfast. Of course, you’ve heard it 100 times but I also know that it isn’t so easy for everyone. People often tell me they don’t have time to make breakfast or they aren’t hungry first thing in the morning.

Listen up, friends. You must make eating breakfast a part of your daily routine. If you aren’t hungry in the morning, that likely means your metabolism isn’t running at it’s highest potential. Even if you just start with a piece of fruit or a slice of whole grain toast, try to eat something within an hour of waking up.

Crock Pot Banana Nut Oatmeal - The Lemon BowlBreakfast literally means “breaking the fast”. You haven’t eaten in close to 12 hours and your body needs a balanced meal to get going again! If you start eating breakfast, your body will begin to crave it when you wake up. Hunger is a sign of your metabolism functioning and the higher the metabolism, the more calories you burn throughout the day – even when you’re sitting on your bum playing on Pinterest.

And for those of you who claim not to have time in the morning, I’ve taken that excuse out of the pile! Take five minutes the night before to throw together this slow cooker banana nut oatmeal and you will wake up to delicious aromas of bananas, walnuts and spices. Since the slow cooker will keep it warm, everyone can help themselves in the morning regardless of their schedule. Easy as pie…er…oats.

Your spoon is waiting.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal
 
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Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 4
  • Serving size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 290
  • Fat: 8 g
  • Saturated fat: .7 g
  • Unsaturated fat: 7.3 g
  • Trans fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 42 g
  • Sugar: 3.9 g
  • Sodium: 366 mg
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 11 g
  • Cholesterol: 2 mg
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Steel cut oats cook overnight with bananas, walnuts and spices to create a healthy, make-ahead breakfast that will be waiting for you in the morning.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 ripe banana - mashed
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups skim milk (or almond milk)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • banana slices, walnuts or brown sugar - optional garnish
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir until well combined.
  2. Cook overnight on Low for 8 hours.
  3. In the morning, stir oatmeal with a fork to loosen the steel cut oats and make sure everything is fully incorporated.
  4. Serve warm with banana slices, chopped walnuts or a pinch of brown sugar if you wish.
Notes
For easier clean-up and to avoid the slight "crusty" residue inside the slow cooker, place all ingredients in a glass bowl that fits into the slow cooker then add enough water to fill the lower half of the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.

 

Comments

  1. says

    This looks fabulous, Liz… I can’t wait to give it a try! I always crave a warm breakfast this time of year, so this is a great one to have ready when we wake up. I bet Maddie would even love to eat it, so that’s a win-win!

  2. says

    I’ve been having a series of oatmeal cravings lately (just has some for breakfast today :-) and this looks delicious! Love the idea of tossing everything in the slow cooker the night before for a yummy breakfast the next day! Trying this ASAP!

  3. says

    I was just thinking about how I should start using my slow cooker to make steel cut oats, since I just don’t have time for it in the morning before work. This recipe sounds delicious! I’m totally putting this together tonight so I can enjoy it tomorrow morning!

  4. says

    I love this recipe! So easy to make and will fit perfectly into a cleanse I am doing next week for 3 weeks! I made something like this years ago and totally forgot how easy and delicious it can be, thanks!

  5. Leah says

    This looks wonderful…I’m just wondering if it can be made with old fashioned oats instead of steel cut oats. (Only because I really want to try it but don’t have any on hand!).

    • says

      Rolled oats would most certainly work! The texture won’t quite be as chewy as steel cut but if you’re ok with a softer texture then go for it! Also you may wish to cut down on he liquids as they won’t require as much. Let me know how it comes out!!

  6. Charlotte Moore says

    I think I will try this with peaches. I love bananas but sometimes they give my husband indigestion. Since it is just the two of us I think peaches would reheat the next day a little better. YUM!!!!

  7. says

    I need to send this info to my husband because he doesn’t believe me when I tell him the importance of breakfast. He thinks a cup of coffee is all he needs, when in fact it’s not doing him any good. Your slow cooker oatmeal looks fabulous!

  8. Kerry says

    This sounds great! Definitely want to try it. What size crockpot is recommended? I only have a 6 quart, i’m thinking I need to invest in a smaller one.

  9. Carol says

    I makes slow cooker oatmeal all the time and have several variations of flavors (Apple & cinnamon, pumpkin spice etc). I have found cleanup is so much easier if you put all ingredients in a glass bowl that fits into the slow cooker, then add water to the cooker to cover the lower half of the bowl. Cover the cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hrs. The steam action keeps everything nicely creamy and no “crusty” residue on the inside of the slow cooker!

  10. susan says

    Here’s one for rolled oats that is good too!
    2c. milk, 1 c. old fashioned oats, 1 c. peeled and diced apple, 1/2 c. raisins, 1/2 c. chopped walnuts, 1/4 c. packed brown sugar (or maple syrup), 1/4 t. salt, 1/2 t. cinnamon. cover and cook overnight on low
    I mix up the fruit and the options are endless!

  11. says

    i really can’t figure out why I haven’t tried a slow cooker overnight oatmeal recipe yet. It’s kind of ridiculous that I’ve waited so long!

  12. says

    I tried this today and it was amazing! I have been looking for a more filling breakfast option and this is definitely a win. I have never made my own oatmeal and was a little nervous about using flax seed (never used that either). I added 1 more banana (we love bananas), 1tbs of brown sugar to the recipe. I will be making it again.

  13. Marisa K says

    I love oats in the morning! Are steel cut oats the same as regular oats? Do you have to steal them for them to be steel cut :p

  14. Scott Silverman says

    Looks great, is there an alternative to a slow cooker? can it be made, put in fridge overnight and heated in morning??

  15. Jen says

    This looks AMAZING! I really, REALLY want to like oatmeal and I feel like this is my last ditch effort. Got everything and will be making tonight :)

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