Last night before I went to bed, I realized I'd need a serious pick-me-up in the morning. And then I remembered that I bought steel-cut oatmeal at Beachy's on Saturday and went to work. I love oatmeal. (Here are some of my other oatmeal recipes, in case you're interested.)
Steel-cut oats have to be cooked for a long time, hence the slow-cooker, but they are worth the planning and the need to soak your crock afterward. They are a little chewy and really creamy and just a delicious, solid breakfast to start your day well. Here's the recipe I used, based off the recipe here:
Slow-Cooked Maple Craisin Oatmeal
1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
4 cups water (this filled my small, two-quart crock pot to the brim, but you could add more water if you're using a bigger pot, up to 6 cups)
1/4 cup craisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
Combine in slow cooker and cook on low overnight, at least eight hours.
Edit: If you're out of Craisins, this recipe is perfectly delicious without them. Trust me, I've tried it.