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How To Make Crockpot Oatmeal & Hot Cereal In A Thermos

Wake up to a hot, healthy breakfast ready and waiting for you with a simple to make overnight crockpot oatmeal–or try an easy to prepare thermos full that is ready when you get up.

BowlYou can add all sorts of delicious good-for-you things such as dried cranberries, blueberries, raisins, apple slices [1] and more.

Once you find a recipe that works for you, experiment with adding your favorite fruits, nuts and spices like cinnamon.

Basic Recipe:

8 cups water
2 cups steel-cut oats
1/4 teaspoon salt

Troubleshooting Tips:

If you’ve tried making this before and found it to be a disaster, here are a few reasons why that may have happened…

Result Is A Burned Mess?

If you’re finding that no matter what you do, it never turns out and is always overcooked or burned, try the Bain-Marie method [2] (scroll down a bit to find the details) which is basically putting all the ingredients in a dish that will fit inside the crock, then filling with water so the level is half-way up the dish. No more burned mess.

If it’s cooking too fast for you, you could try the timer method. Prepare the ingredients in the slowcooker before you go to bed and set the timer with a 4 to 5 hour heating window, adjusting the time as needed (have things start in the middle of the night).


More To Try:


You need a wide mouth version like those you use for soups and stews.

Directions For One Serving:

You can also prepare this first thing in the morning and bring it to work for a hot, ready-to-eat lunch (and a frugal lunch at that!). I also found this pasted in one of my vintage scrapbooks:

How To Cook Cereals While You Sleep

Before retiring, stir 1/2 cup of your favorite raw cereal–wheat, oats, rye, or buckwheat, preferably cracked–into two cups of salted boiling water. Stir for just three minutes, then pour into a wide-mouth thermos bottle. Cork the bottle tightly. Next morning you will be greeted by a hot cereal, ready to be eaten. Sprinkle with wheat germ and bran. Add milk or cream. Really gets your motor going. Berries of all kinds are good sources of potassium and fairly good sources of calcium and magnesium.

Rule of Thumb:

What To Do With Leftovers:

It Gives Your Body A Healthy Boost:

There probably isn’t a better breakfast food, it lowers cholesterol and is high in fiber [6]. Skip the brown sugar and toss in some tasty, healthy treats such as nuts like walnuts, almonds, fruits like blueberries [7], apples, bananas and a little cinnamon [8] for more health benefits.