I absolutely love the slow cooker, especially with this recipe during the fall! Your house will instantly smell like cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin! If time is a barrier for you in preparing healthy meals using the slow cooker is a great way to overcome this challenge. You can make a meal overnight or have things cooking in the slow cooker while you are preparing another dish in the kitchen.
Cooking time: ~ 2 hours on low
Yield: 8 cups
- 1½ cups quick cooking steel cut rolled oats*
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 4 cups milk
- 1, 15 oz can 100% pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ginger
- ½ tsp pumpkin spice
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- dash of salt
- Mix all ingredients in a slow cooker.
- Cook on slow for about 2 hours.
- Stir and enjoy!
Enjoy fresh and/or pre-portion servings for the week in a freezer-proof container. Top with Greek yogurt, nuts like pecans and fruit or have an egg on the side to make it a balanced meal. *If using regular steel cut oats, I would recommend adding 1 more cup of liquid and cooking for about 1-2 more hours.
Interesting Food Fact!
Steel cut oats undergo less processing compared to rolled oats, giving them a nuttier and chewier flavour. Nutritionally though, the fibre and protein content of both is about the same per serving!
Nutrition Facts 1 serving (~1 cup), using unsweetened almond milk
175 calories, 5g fat, 28g carbohydrates, 6g fibre, 8g sugar, 6g protein.
Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!