I am a soccer mom. More specifically, I’m a travel soccer mom. If your kids play travel anything then you spend your fair share of weekends in hotels. These weekends are a lot of fun but also jam packed full of running from field to field so it’s not always easy to stay on track with healthy eating goals.
If you’re lucky the hotel offers breakfast and you might be able to squeeze your way between the other travelling sports families to grab a little breakfast to tide you over before you spend the next 8 hours sitting in one of the following weather conditions: Death Valley level heat, monsoon rain, or arctic cold. There is literally nothing in between. You need a good, healthy breakfast to sustain you through a long day of supporting your favorite player.
My favorite hotel breakfast is without a doubt the oatmeal. (And the bacon, but that goes without saying!) Creamy, warm and just the right texture, it is unlike anything I’d ever made at home. I tried all types and brands of oatmeal in an attempt to recreate this deliciousness at home and it was never quite the same. Too firm, too bland, just blah. That is until I discovered the secret to cooking oats that taste just like the breakfast buffet oatmeal. The key is using steel cut oats, lots of liquid and your trusty slow cooker.
Steel cut oats are similar in nutritional value to traditional oats but since they are less processed they retain more fiber and keep you fuller longer. Overnight oats are an easy, affordable, delicious AND healthy breakfast. What more could you ask for?
Grab your crock pot; you’re going to want to try this!
Basic Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal
Generously grease your slow cooker liner. If you listen to just ONE thing I say in this blog let it be this! Grease your slow cooker. No one likes to start their day by chiseling rock hard oatmeal off their slow cooker, right? Right.
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (we like vanilla)
3 cups water**
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon
Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Set on LOW for 8 hours. (In a hurry? Cook on HIGH for 4 hours). Wake up to the heavenly smell of breakfast waiting for you! Serve in bowls with additional milk and the toppings of choice.
Dried fruit, raisins, golden raisins
Fresh fruit-raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, bananas, finely diced apples, peaches all make great additions!
** There is a great debate in our household over the ideal amount of liquid this recipe requires. These are my preferred measurements. My husband prefers less liquid. You may experiment with using 2 ½ to 2 cups of water if you like a thicker consistency.
Hi! I'm Erica, a fitness and healthy food loving wife and mother of three here to inspire you on your wellness journey!