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We love a big warm bowl of hearty oatmeal for breakfast in our house. Apparently so do lots of other people, as I’ve made it a few times, with a large assortment of toppings set out, for brunch company and it’s been a MAJOR hit. As in, more people ate oatmeal than French toast. What?! I’ve seen some recipes for oatmeal cooked overnight in a slow cooker floating around Pinterest and decided to try it for our Christmas morning with my in-laws. I figured a bowl of warm oatmeal and a mimosa would tide everyone over through present opening til we sat down for brunch.

I loved this recipe for Overnight Oatmeal from Alton Brown. I used half almond milk and half water, for a subtle rich nutty flavor. The dried cherries were AMAZING…they got really plump and juicy. I set my slow cooker to 8 hours the first time, and thought the oats got a bit too mushy. I tried 6 hours next , after which the slow cooker switched to ‘keep warm’ mode, and they were better. I will next try having the timer delay cooking until they can cook for 6 hours and not keep warm for long, and I think that might be the winner!

The flexibility you gain by using the slow cooker makes this a great recipe for overnight guests or for rushed weekday mornings. Set out some of our favorite toppings (cream, brown sugar, maple syrup, fresh berries, walnuts) and people will be very satisfied.

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