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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.

    Banana Nut Oatmeal made in a slow cooker


    If 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.

    Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal a healthy make ahead breakfast recipe

    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.

    Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal a healthy gluten free breakfast recipe

    Breakfast 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.

    Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal a healthy crockpot make ahead breakfast recipe

    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.

    Banana Nut Oatmeal

    Slow Cooker Banana Nut Oatmeal

    4.16 stars average
    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.
    PREP: 5 mins
    COOK: 8 hrs
    TOTAL: 8 hrs 5 mins
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    Servings: 4

    Equipment

    Ingredients
     

    • 1 cup steel cut oats
    • 1 ripe banana (mashed)
    • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
    • 2 cups milk (any kind)
    • 2 cups water
    • 2 tablespoons flax seed meal
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • slices banana (walnuts or brown sugar – optional garnish)

    Instructions
     

    • Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir until well combined.
    • Cook overnight on Low for 8 hours.
    • In the morning, stir oatmeal with a fork to loosen the steel cut oats and make sure everything is fully incorporated.
    • Serve warm with banana slices, chopped walnuts or a pinch of brown sugar if you wish.

    Recipe Video

    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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cupCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 42gProtein: 11gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 0.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.3gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 366mgFiber: 6.6gSugar: 3.9g
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    Liz DellaCroce

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    211 Comments

    1. I doubled the recipe, low for 8 hours and it turned out extremely dense,cake like and almost burnt. I was able to salvage enough for one bowl. Not sure what happened… Any idea? I gave it four stars because the flavor was good, if it had turned out as oatmeal should, it would have been amazing.

    2. In the video you don’t add the water. In the recipe you call for 2 cups of water!? Mine came out like soup so I don’t understand why anyone else isn’t questioning this too!

        1. After reading the comments I’m confused about the 2 cups of water. Do I need to add it or not?

          I already put everything into the crockpot including the 2 cups of water- I hope it’s right!

    3. Mine came out like soup. How can one cup of oats with 4 cups of liquid come out right? I didn’t have steel cut oats so I used my gluten free oats.

    4. Just made this and it was fantastic!! So happy with the results. Doesn’t even need brown sugar for me!! I wanted to eat the whole pot!

    5. You’re welcome! Had leftovers this morning and they heated up with a bit of milk perfectly. I used just raisins this time and it was just as tasty. Will definitely be making this one again! Thanks!

        1. I’ve attempted overnight oats and always end up with delicious oatmeal on top, but the bottom and sides end up a burnt mess. Could you explain, again, how to use a bowl to negate this problem.

    6. 3rd night in a row preparing ingredients for banana walnut oatmeal. Put everything in VitaClay pot. Mix Start Sleep Enjoy. Thanks so much for this fab recipe

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