Crockpot Cinnamon Oatmeal

A few weeks ago I went out to breakfast with some friends and I was so excited to get oatmeal!  I have posted before about my love of oatmeal, but lately, I just haven’t had time to make it on the stove.  Making it in the microwave is quick, but not even close to being as good.  I thought going out to eat, I could get some good, old-fashioned oatmeal!  So excited…

Welp, I ordered the “old-fashioned oatmeal” and even got to choose a couple toppings!  Baked apples and granola.  Now that is just sounding delicious.  Then, as I went to pay, I watched, right in front of my very eyes, the lady get my oatmeal together.  She took out a plastic, PLASTIC, bowl, scooped some dried oats in, put some water on, and stuck it in the microwave.  $5 for oatmeal and you are going to microwave it?!?!  AND, microwave it in PLASTIC!?  Everyone reading my blog has probably guessed how I feel about plastic.  I try to stay away from it as much as possible, I use glass leftover containers, glass water bottles , glass baby bottles, glass baby food jars, etc.  I’m even more opposed to plastic when something is warm.  Seems like the plastic will just leach into the food.

So, long story short, I really was shocked.  I couldn’t believe a restaurant would use microwaving as their method of cooking, especially with no shame, right in front of the customer.  With that being said, if they were microwaving in glass, I still would have eaten it, but been sad.  But, I can’t eat oatmeal microwaved in plastic.  I politely asked for a bagel instead.

Since that fateful day, I have really stepped up my efforts to develop a crockpot oatmeal recipe.  Something quick and easy that gives the great old-fashioned oatmeal taste.  Finally, about 10 batches later, I have it!  Cooking time is 3 hours so this works best for brunch on the weekend rather than a before work breakfast.  If you let it cook for 3 hours and then switch to warm for the rest of the night, it will burn, so don’t do this as an overnight recipe.

Hope you enjoy!  (And thanks for listening to my oatmeal story! :))

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Crockpot Cinnamon Oatmeal

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Cinnamon Granola

My house is smelling delicious today!  I love the smell of baking cinnamon.  I made a couple batches of this cinnamon granola this morning in order to perfect the recipe.  That means I’ll be eating this all week!  No complaints here!

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Cinnamon Granola

Ingredients:

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup sliced almonds

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/4 cup halved or chopped pecans

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

2 cups old fashioned oats

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Heat coconut oil and honey together in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Once melted, remove from heat.  Stir in nuts, seeds, and oats until everything is coated evenly in oil and honey.
  • Add in vanilla and cinnamon and stir thoroughly.
  • Pour mixture onto a baking pan where the mixture can spread out into a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from oven and stir occasionally as the granola cools to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
  • Once the granola has cooled completely, store in an airtight glass container.

Notes:

This recipe is also great without the cinnamon, but I prefer the cinnamon version.  The granola is delicious plain or over unsweetened yogurt.

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Hope you enjoy!

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Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are healthy, delicious, and not too difficult to make.  I have heard that some coconut flour pancakes don’t stick together well, but the eggs do a great job holding these together.  Hope you enjoy!

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Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 banana, mashed

4 eggs

1/2 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 tablespoon flax meal

pinch of salt

maple syrup

Directions:

  • Whisk all ingredients together except maple syrup.
  • Cook on skillet like normal pancakes.
  • Top with maple syrup and enjoy.

Notes:

These pancakes almost feel like a cross between pancakes and french toast.  I love them and hope you enjoy as well.  Let me know what you think!  Also, I would love to hear your favorite pancake recipe!

 

Old Fashioned Oatmeal

Oatmeal is such a simple breakfast, but it is so delicious!  It is so quick to make in the microwave that I sometimes forget how much better it is over the stove.  One of my (many) favorite parts of the weekend is having the time to make delicious oatmeal for breakfast!

Ingredients:

2 cups water

1 cup old fashioned oats

kiwi

raspberries

pecans

sunflower seeds

almond milk

Directions:

  • Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add 1 cup old fashioned oats and reduce to low heat.
  • Simmer for 10 – 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Divide between 2 bowls.
  • Top with fruit, nuts, seeds, and almond milk.
  • Enjoy!

Notes:

It is very tempting to put your water and oats together in the saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil to save time, but don’t do it!  I don’t know why, but it is SO much better when you boil the water first AND THEN add the oats!

With all the delicious fruit, you definitely don’t need honey or brown sugar.  This oatmeal is very flavorful!

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal

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Old Fashioned Oatmeal

Lactation Smoothie

One of my friends recently shared this recipe with me as an alternative to lactation cookies.  Since lactation cookies involve ingredients I either can’t (butter) or prefer not to (sugar) eat, I am so thankful to her for sharing this recipe with me.  This makes for a healthy smoothie so feel free to enjoy even if you are not a nursing mom.

Ingredients:

1 cup almond milk

1 banana

1 scoop almond butter

1 spoonful flax meal

1 spoonful brewer’s yeast

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
  • Enjoy!

Notes:

This is a thick smoothie!  If you prefer a thinner smoothie, feel free to leave the oats out and have a bowl of oatmeal with your smoothie instead 🙂

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Lactation Smoothie