This Gingerbread Crockpot Oatmeal is the perfect hands-off holiday breakfast option for you and your family! It’s bursting with holiday flavors, whole grains and fiber, and can be topped with your favorite toppings!
Hi friends, Happy Friday! We made the drive up to Pennsylvania yesterday to spend the holidays with my in-laws. And now I’m just lounging in my jammies, drinking coffee, listening to Christmas music writing this post.
I hope you guys had a great week! It was a good week for us. We started painting the baby room, had some fun Christmas parties, and ordered our crib. Things are becoming real! I have this vision that after Christmas, things will be a blur and then she’ll be here before we know it. So, we’ve been grinding a little bit.
I’m also excited to show you one of my new favorite things: steel cut oats in a crockpot. Honestly, I can’t tell you why it’s taken me so long to make oatmeal in a crockpot. It has been a total “DUH” moment – I love oatmeal. I love easy meals that are hands-off. I love my crockpot. So, I finally put them all together better late than never. And hopefully if you’re in the same boat as me, you can thank me later for introducing you to this life hack.
The last few Sundays I’ve just let this do it’s thing while I’ve done chores, cleaned the house, watched football, etc. It’s very hands off, which is right up my alley.
I also have to share that I’ve been really into gingerbread this holiday season – probably moreso than in the past. I’ve also come to appreciate the magic that is molasses, and how important it is for the true gingerbread flavor. Sometimes it can be tricky to find in the grocery store, but I just order this one off amazon – it’s my favorite.
Also, important to note that you want to use steel cut oats for this recipe. They’re thicker and will hold up much longer. And you’ll get this creamy delicious result.
The first time I made this recipe, it just wasn’t gingerbread-y enough. The second time around, it was a little dry. So, as they say, third time’s the charm. My other tip is to add some butter into the crockpot when you first start. This not only helps grease it, but will provide some extra flavor when it melts and meshes with all the flavors.
There’s not much else to say about this. It’s easy and delicious and you can top it with whatever you want. I chose some berries, bananas, peanut butter and hemp seeds. But you could totally just enjoy the gingerbread flavor on it’s own too!
Make this on Christmas Eve to have it ready for Christmas morning!
- 1-2 tbsp butter, (optional)
- 1 ½ uncooked steel cut oats
- 6 cups water
- 2 cups milk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 2 tbsp molasses or maple syrup
- Combine all ingredients in slow cooker, stirring well to mix the flavors around.
- Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.
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Wishing you all safe travels if you’re traveling today/this weekend!
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Do you have any Christmas breakfast traditions? I’ll be back with another recipe tomorrow sharing mine!
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