A convenient way to make oatmeal is to use a slow cooker; I find either the 2.5 qts. or 3 qts. as the ideal size. You can use thick rolled oatmeal or steel cut oat groats and mix it with oat bran, if you wish. Refer to the oatmeal packaging’s cooking instructions for the oatmeal-water ratio and add another 1/4 cup of water. Over time, you can adjust the ratio based on the consistency you like.
Depending on how many people you will feed or how many days of the week you want to eat oatmeal, put in your desired amount of oatmeal, oat bran (optional), and the required amount of water into the slow cooker. Stir in a couple of dried, unsulfured apricots if you want to add a sweetener while it is cooking. Remember to turn the slow cooker on to low and go watch TV, read my blog, or go to bed.
Or, you can prepare the topping mix that you will add to the cooked oatmeal the next day. I usually make a batch in a glass Pyrex that comes with a lid and refrigerate the mix, which you can have as a snack by itself during the day. Continue reading