Saturday, March 31, 2012

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Leftover Makeover!

Here's a guest recipe from my friend, Trisha.  She's a married mom with an adorable 3 year old boy - and she also happens to love cooking from scratch as well.  Last year she went off dairy for the most part due to a sensitivity and has had a lot of fun finding new recipes along the way.

Isn't she gorgeous?  Trisha is so full of life!
She knows I love to hear new ways to repurpose, so she sent along two scrumptious recipes - Slow Cooker Oatmeal, and Leftover Oatmeal Granola Bars.  I can't wait to try these out!  Only one of my girls enjoys eating oatmeal in the morning, so I didn't relish the thought of making a big slow cooker pot of oatmeal, only to have it go to waste.  This recipe is the perfect solution!

Slow Cooker Oatmeal
2 cups steel cut oats
6 cups water
3 cups almond milk (or soy, or dairy)
Cinnamon to taste
Raisins, almonds, dried cranberries or whatever else you think would be yummy in your breakfast oatmeal.
Slow cooker for 8 hours on low. If you can stir it - great, but who does that at night?

Now here's how you turn your leftover oatmeal into a delicious and nutritious snack!

Leftover Oatmeal Granola Bars

1.  Take whatever oatmeal is leftover from breakfast and add coconut flakes, more cranberries, nuts if you like, more cinnamon, a bit of sugar if you like (I don't think it needs it but some may), and as much quick oats or other dried grains as it needs to become sticky but hold together texture and use your hands to combine everything.
2.  Then line a baking pan with parchment paper (I used a 9 by 13 pan but obviously it depends how much substance you have an how thick you want them to be.)
3. And bake at 350. Here's the part that really has to specialize because the baking time depends on the thickness. They'll always seem a bit soft until they cool off but I bake them until they're quite dry on the top and don't squish too much when pressed with your finger or a spoon. It can sometimes take up to an hour.
4.  Let them cool completely in the pan and lift out the parchment and you're done. It takes some experimenting to get the texture the way you like. Some people prefer crunchy bars and others like chewy so it's up to you.

I love how my friend bakes these....just throw what you like in, squish it all together, and bake until done.   If you try this out, I'd love to hear how you made it work!


  1. This is brilliant! I have been trying to be more creative with leftovers and I absolutely love the idea of posting a recipe with another recipe for leftovers. And it doesn't hurt that both recipes sound absolutely delicious ;) Thanks a million!

  2. I haven't had a chance to make it myself, I'd love to hear if you give it a try!

  3. Turned out wonderful, eating it all by myself (wasn't the point now, was it :)) and also learned the diff between rolled and steel cut, which I should have known by now. Great recipe.
    I am now looking for a recipe for soda bread to use up the rest of my already cooked up grub. mmm. St Pattys day hit me hard this year. remembering a semester in Ireland many eons ago. Sure wish this snow would go a way!! again, thanks.

  4. I had tons of leftover steel cut oats, so I added a bunch of chopped up dried apricots, walnuts, and semi-sweet chocolate, some brown sugar and cinnamon. Then I just mixed everything together and plopped heaping spoonfuls of the mixture onto my parchment paper and placed in the oven at 350F for about 1.5 hrs. Turned out great! Thank you for the idea :)

  5. Super cool!! Can't wait to try it!