Banana Walnut Slow Cooker Oatmeal

If you’re not a big oatmeal fan, you may still want to give this recipe a try simply for the heavenly aroma it will fill your kitchen with as it cooks. The spices really take over and smell magnificent! Oven baked and crockpot cooked meals are my favorite this time of year, because of the warmth and comfort they add to our home! I hadn’t thought about making breakfast in the crockpot (probably because I don’t always put much thought into breakfast in general – guilty) until I stumbled upon this intriguing recipe on Pinterest! Banana Walnut oatmeal in the crock pot can be put together in a pinch and only requires one last stir at the end of the cooking time before serving! It doesn’t get much easier than that providing us all with one less reason to skip what some call the most important meal of the day! Don’t worry, you won’t want to skip this one anyway; it’s quite tasty!

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In addition to the scent of spices and taste of comfort, banana walnut oatmeal is a breakfast you can feel good about eating! Oatmeal in general can help reduce your risk of heart disease, aid in preventing diabetes and assist in blood pressure control. (Please note key words in bold text!) Add some healthy fruit, seeds and nuts to that equation too and your day is off to a great start! If you have a crockpot with the ability to automatically switch from ‘low heat’ to ‘keep warm’, you can even mix everything together before heading to bed and have breakfast ready when you wake up; I promise the smell will make getting out of bed easier! Oh wait…did I just knock another reason off your list for skipping breakfast? Oops 🙂

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It’s probably best to just head to the kitchen now to start mixing up tomorrow’s breakfast! Stay tuned, another great looking recipe found on Pinterest for Pumpkin Breakfast Cookies (yep, cookies for breakfast!) will hopefully make an appearance on here soon!

Banana Walnut Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 ripe Banana, mashed
  • 1/4 cup chopped Walnuts
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 2 cups Water
  • 2 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Banana Slices and Walnuts, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in crockpot, stir well to combine.
  2. Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours.
  3. Once fully cooked, stir with fork to loosen oats and ensure everything is well mixed.
  4. Serve warm with your choice of toppings. Enjoy!

*Another blog provided a great tip for easy cleanup – You can try placing all ingredients in a glass bowl that fits in your crockpot and then pouring enough water around the bowl to cover the lower half of the crockpot. I don’t have a glass bowl that fits mine, but if you try this let us know how it works!

 

As always, thanks for reading!!

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