With the cooler weather here I have been getting back into warming bowls of oatmeal for breakfasts and one of my favourites at this time of year has to be pumpkin pie oatmeal with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices. I often prefer to go with steel cut oats rather than rolled oats as the have a chewier texture and nuttier flavour. The only problem is that it takes a bit longer to cook and who wants to be cooking early in the morning while rushing to get to work? Up until recently I was using my rice cooker with a timer to cook the steel cut oats overnight but it recently died so I thought that I would try using my slow cooker instead. After a bit of experimentation I found that it is actually pretty easy to cook steel cut oats in your slow cooker overnight, you just need a slow cooker with a timer. It takes about 4 hours on low to cook in the slow cooker without burning on the bottom so you need one that has a timer based start or one that can be programmed to cook for 4 hours and then switch to keep warm mode and it works like a charm. Of course I sweetened the pumpkin pie steel cut oats with caramel sauce rather than sugar and the flavour combo is simply amazing!
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
All of the flavours of pumpkin pie in a healthy oatmeal breakfast that is cooked in a slow cooker over night as you sleep!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups milk (or 2 more cups water)
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 dash nutmeg, grated
- 1 dash ginger
- 1 dash cloves
- milk to taste (optional)
- caramel sauce or vanilla bourbon caramel sauce to taste
- Place the steel cut oats, water, milk, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in a slow cooker and set it to cook on low for 4 hours.
- Mix the oatmeal up, optionally adding milk to bring it to the desired consistency and sweetener to bring it to the desired sweetness and serve topped with any desired toppings.