Slow Cooker Blueberry Muffin Oats

blueberryoatsWhat’s not to love about the idea of waking up to a warm, hearty breakfast already prepared for you??

Since breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day, I like to play around with a few of my breakfast staples (oats, protein powder, almond milk, flax, etc., etc.) to see what I can come up with. blueberryoats2Enter, slow cooker blueberry muffin oats! Take my usual excitement that comes with breakfast and multiple it x 100. THAT is how I felt waking up to the smell of blueberry “muffins” in my kitchen.

One of the things I love most about slow cooking oatmeal is it gives me the opportunity to use steel cut oats. I’ll be honest, cooking these stovetop can be kind of a pain. Steel cut oats take roughly 30 minutes to cook and my stomach is usually too impatient for that in the morning.

If you’re not familiar with steel cut oats, they are unrefined whole grain oats that are cut, as opposed to rolled, for a full, hearty texture and rich, nutty taste. They are rich in B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber. They look like tiny grains of rice or chopped up nuts. You can find them in most grocery stores in the same section as your typical rolled oats. IMG_2292If and when you do make steel cut oats,  you should really make enough for several days. Unlike rolled oat oatmeal, steel cut oats hold up very well when reheated the next day. Add a little milk and they just get creamier and more custard-like, as opposed to sticky and mushy. In fact, if you’re not a fan of oatmeal because of the mushy texture, steel-cut oats may be an excellent alternative.

With any oats, I like to jazz mine up a bit to create some different flavor combinations. Here are a few of my favorites:

Healthy Oatmeal Recipes

  • Blueberries, lemon zest and vanilla extract
  • Diced apples or pears with cinnamon and golden raisins
  • Pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie spice and walnuts
  • Sliced bananas with peanut butter and maple syrup
  • Mixed berries with slivered almonds and honey

Fun fact about these slow cooker oats is that I added 1/2 cup of quinoa and 2 tbsp of flaxseed to boost the protein and heart-healthy fat content. One batch makes roughly 6 1/2 cups so if you’re not feeding a crowd the next morning, you can refrigerate or freeze extras and heat up in single serving portions throughout the week. Good. To. Go!blueberryoats3I topped my oats with a splash of almond milk, 2 tbsp of granola and more fresh blueberries. The crunchy topping made the oats taste even more like a blueberry muffin and added a nice texture contrast. Mmm happy morning, indeed!

Healthy Slow Cooker Blueberry Muffin Oats

Makes 6.5 cups; Serving size: 1 cup prepared

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Zest of 1 lemon (~1-2 tbsp)
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed (optional)
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil, or melted butter/margarine – You need some source of fat to prevent the oats from sticking to the sides of the slow cooker
  • 3-4 tbsp granulated sweetener of choice (I use Stevia) or pure maple syrup – you can always add more once the oats have cooked if its not sweet enough.
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions

  1. Lightly spray sides of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add all ingredients, stir, cover and cook on low 7-8 hours (overnight).
  2. Spoon oats into bowl, add a splash of milk of choice (adds creaminess!) and finish off with additional toppings as desired. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Also freezes well.
  3. To reheat single servings: Add 1 cup oatmeal to a microwave-safe bowl. Mix in 1/3 cup milk or water. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot. Enjoy!

Nutrition facts per serving:

Calories: 180; Total Fat: 5.7 gm; Saturated Fat: 2.2 gm; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 95 mg; Carbohydrates: 29 gm; Fiber: 4.5 gm; Sugar: 2.8 gm; Protein: 6 gm

If you love oats as much as I do, check out some of my other favorite recipes:

Slow Cooker Apple Chai Spice Steel Cut Oats

Banana Split Overnight Protein Oats

Banana Coconut Cream Pie Overnight Oats

Slow Cooker Maple and Brown Sugar Steel Cut Oats

Chocolate Peanut Butter Overnight Oats

Peanut Butter Cookie Baked Oatmeal For One

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Comments

  1. Audra Skelton says

    I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it! I found myself zesting a lemon at 1 in the morning! 🙂 I must say your blog speaks to my soul lol! I’m so happy I found someone who shares my breakfast obsession! I’ve been scavenging the web trying to find healthier versions of my all time faves. I can’t wait to try all of your wonderful recipes! Thank you!

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  3. Akeelah says

    Jamie,

    You are absolutely fabulous! I can’t wait to try some (i mean ALL) of your recipes!!!! Keep em coming girlfriend!

  4. Peg says

    Looks delicious and I love the idea of waking up to the aroma of blueberry ‘muffins’ – will give me more of an incentive to get out of bed on these chilly mornings we’re about to have this week!

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