In the kitchen with Kelley: Slow cooker oatmeal with bananas and nuts

I’ve decided to make mornings sweeter and less rushed for my family by preparing sweet and nutty oatmeal overnight in my slow cooker. Oats are chock-full of dietary fiber–an important nutrient for so many reasons. They are well known for their cholesterol-lowering properties which means they boost heart health.

Oats are also a great food if you’re trying to eat less. The fiber content can help you feel fuller longer so maybe you’ll snack less between breakfast and lunchtime.

If you can, you should try to avoid the flavored pre-packaged envelopes of oats. They have added sugars that negate the health benefits. Instead, try sweetening with fresh fruit like I’ve done here.

Slow cooker oatmeal with bananas and nuts
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Stir the oatmeal to mix well, and serve warm.

 

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By Kelley Martin

Kelley Martin is an award-winning journalist who has been covering the news for more than 20 years. She cooks for her family, and she shares recipes with the readers of Easy Health Options™.