Friday, January 22, 2010

Baked Oatmeal

Two things:

First. I bought a 25 pound bag of oats. It was SO CHEAP. I had to. So now I also have to find things to do with oats.

Second. We were eating cold cereal for breakfast every morning. That had to stop. Boo's favorite is Chex, and she proudly announces to J, "I had sex this morning!" (darn that difficult 'ch' sound). So now cold cereal mornings are interspersed with oatmeal and egg mornings, and she says those fine.

I've been roaming the internet looking for something to spice up our oatmeal. And I found Baked Oatmeal for the crockpot. This picture is from the recipe site. And it looks like a no-bake cookie. Who wouldn't want that for breakfast?

Mine did not look like that. After I fished it out and cut it up, it was more like a dense cake. I've been eating it in the mornings with my peppermint tea and I love it. BUT I still really want that fake no-bake cookie for breakfast.

So I learned that crock pots really only cook the way they are supposed to if they are mostly full. So I'm guessing my baked oatmeal (that only filled the crockpot halfway) got way overcooked. And my crockpot cooks pretty fast anyway.

So if you try this, use a 4 quart crockpot. Since I am 4 quart crockpot-less, I'm going to double the recipe and try it again today.

Also: I would add more raisins and more cinnamon. But then I'm a cinnamon junkie. You should see my big mama cinnamon jar.


  1. fancy, exciting breakfasts at your house!! :) That is so funny. We LOVE the 8-grain mix from Lehi Roller mills and use it in tons of stuff (anything that calls for oatmeal.) I'm totally going to try the crockpot oatmeal and the granola. I haven't made that in a while. Lastly, try adding some (1/2-1c.)cooked oatmeal to whatever bread you're making. It makes it moist and gives nice texture too.

  2. That's what you get for not feeding her Malto Meal Choco Puffs with Lucky Charm-style marshmallows in it; but there is always grandpa's house. As for oatmeal, there are all kinds of ways to kick it up notches, such as using cinnimon (lots), raisins, brown sugar, and as a last resort (ha ha) chocolate chips. We are now on our latest version of the granola kick we started our married life with, so we can't wait to try your recipe - especially the cinnimon. Is it possible to have too much cinnimon? I don't think so.

  3. No, it is never possible to have too much cinnamon. It is even good by itself.