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vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeI am not much of a breakfast eater. I really wish that I were, but I struggle to find things that are quick, healthy, and filling. But if I am being completely honest, the problem is that I am incredibly lazy first thing in the morning. I just cannot muster the energy to actually make something that is little more grabbing a handful of dry cereal as I am cleaning up my kid’s breakfast dishes. Sad, but true. But recently, I have begun training for a half marathon, and I need to be more thoughtful about what I put into my body and think of food as fuel.

By starting this hearty oatmeal the night before, all I have to do is put some oatmeal into a bowl. Even I can handle that in the morning. When I wake up, my house is perfumed with vanilla and spice. It is a very nice way to start the day. I like to add fresh berries and some almond slices for a little crunch. I do not drink milk, so I use almond milk, but you could add a drizzle of cream if you like.

If I were having house guests or having a brunch, I think that this would be a great thing to serve. You could get the oatmeal started the night before and set up bowls of toppings. Berries, nuts, dried fruits, maple syrup, honey, chocolate chips, coconut, anything you like would be delicious on top of this oatmeal. In the morning, you will have steaming hot oatmeal and all you have to do is grab your toppings and wait for the coffee to brew.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipe

cooking spray
1 cup steel cut oats
1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon cardamom
1 to 2 cups Almond Breeze almond milk (any flavor is fine, but I like the vanilla Almondmilk Coconutmilk)
raspberries
blueberries
blackberries

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeSpray the insert of a slow cooker with cooking spray.  Add oats, brown sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeAdd 3 1/2 cups water.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeCook on LOW for 8 hours.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeAfter 8 hours, add 1 cup almond milk to thin out the oatmeal. Add more to get the consistency that you like. If you enjoy runnier oatmeal add more almond milk.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeSpoon oatmeal into a bowl.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeAdd raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Sprinkle with almond flakes and additional brown sugar if desired. I like to add an extra splash of almond milk before I serve it.

vanilla spiced oatmeal recipeServe with a steaming cup of coffee and enjoy the rest of your day. This recipe is adapted from Pure Vanilla (which happens to be a great cookbook and one worth having if you love vanilla like I do).

Almond Breeze Slow Cooker Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • cooking spray
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and seeded
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 to 2 cups Almond Breeze almond milk (any flavor is fine, but I like the vanilla Almondmilk Coconutmilk)
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • blackberries

Instructions

  1. Spray the insert of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add oats, brown sugar, vanilla bean, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom. Add 3 1/2 cups water. Cook on LOW for 8 hours.
  2. After 8 hours, add 1 cup almond milk to thin out the oatmeal. Add more to get the consistency that you like. If you enjoy runnier oatmeal add more almond milk. Spoon oatmeal into a bowl. Add raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries. Sprinkle with almond flakes and additional brown sugar if desired. I like to add an extra splash of almond milk before I serve it. Serve with a steaming cup of coffee and enjoy the rest of your day.
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25 Responses to Almond Breeze Slow Cooker Vanilla Spiced Oatmeal

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  2. Jessica says:

    I just bought some of those same steel cut oats. Then I looked at the cook time and thought, No way in the morning am I watching oatmeal cook that long. I usually eat my old fashioned oats uncooked with Rice Dream and nuts, but my husband thinks that’s like horse food. This might be the perfect solution. The crock pot is my buddy.

  3. malwina says:

    looks like a perfect breakfast!

  4. This look delicious! I love oatmeal (although I eat the packet kind). There needs to be such a thing as a slow cooker for one. That I would buy, because having a giant slow cooker and only using it for 1-2 portions is getting tedious :P

    Happy Valentine’s Day! <3

  5. This sounds delicious! I love using almond milk in my oatmeal, though I haven’t tried slow cooker oatmeal yet. I love the added vanilla bean :)

  6. Mmm, I love almond milk. We have 6 containers of it in my fridge right now (gotta stock up when it’s on sale!) This looks perfectly delicious!

    • bakedbree says:

      Thank you! I stock up too! I really miss having an extra fridge. It doesn’t fit in my new house. I used to have one just for drinks.

  7. I love oatmeal in the morning made with rolled oats since I don’t have the energy to wait one hour for the steel cut oats to cook. What a great idea to cook them overnight in the slow cooker! Can’t wait to try it!

  8. This recipe looks delicious. I love steel cut oats and almond breeze! I need to break out my crockpot and give this recipe a try.

  9. Sam says:

    How many servings will this make?

  10. This is absolutely delicious! I made this exactly the way your instructions say, only added zest of 1 orange in addition. This is delicious!!! Thank you for this recipe.

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  13. Stephanie says:

    uhm, how many calories total because the page before this says 650…:()

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