Slow Cooked Steel Cut Oatmel

I had heard so much about this particular meal, I had to try it out.

Ingredients
2 cups steel cut oats
8 cups water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
3 tbsp butter
1-2 cups of dried fruit or fruits of choice (e.g. cranberries or raisins)

Directions:
1. Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. You will thank me later.
2. Put ingredients in slow cooker. Stir if you want.
2a. Depending on your fruit choices, like banana, you may not want to put them in until the morning.
3. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours. (turn it on before you go to sleep, eat when you get up)

When I ate it, I added more brown sugar on top and some half and half (just a bit. Couldn’t taste it, really, but it is also discussed a lot in oatmeal recipes). I had planned on chopping up some almonds and throwing them in there, but in the harsh light o’ morning that just seemed like way too much work. Also, I had no dried fruit, so my meal was pretty institutional in its constituent parts. Which gave me a great basis for comparing it to undergrad oatmeal days.

Review: 4/5. It’s tasty. It’s good. It’s only a 4 because, hey, it’s oatmeal… can oatmeal ever be a 5? The steel cut, slow cooked oatmeal has a full, rich texture and taste you don’t get from instant. Or it could be all the butter. Hard to tell for sure. I’m sure it’s a combo of oats and cooker, but it is fuller, richer, and more flavorful than other oatmeals I’ve had. Good times.

No pictures. Hey, it’s oatmeal. You know what that looks like.