Overnight Oatmeal

3 Mar

Print the recipe card!  overnight oatmeal

Using a wonder oven is the easiest way to cook oatmeal, especially in cooking steel cut oats or oat groats. If you haven’t tried making oatmeal with your wonder oven yet you’re going to love it!  Plus the time you’ll save:  minimally processed whole oat groats (where only the husk has been removed from the grain) or steel cut oats (groats that have been cut into small pieces) can take 30 – 60 minutes to cook on the stove.  The prep time using a wonder oven, however, is just 5 minutes beyond the time it takes to boil the water.

Start it before you go to bed and you’ll wake up to hot delicious oatmeal ready to eat!

serves 6-8

Ingredients

8 cups water/ apple juice (I usually use 6 cups of water + 2 cups of apple juice)

2 cups steel cut oats, regular oats or oat groats

1 cup freeze dried fruit

1/4 tsp. salt

cinnamon (if desired)

(powdered milk is pictured since it was used to serve as milk with the oatmeal)

Instructions

Bring all ingredients to a boil.  Boil with lid on (just so the lid is also hot) and place in wonder oven to cook overnight.

In the morning, the wonder oven was set out and apparently my kids have learned now to check inside to see what’s for breakfast all on their own.  As it happened, they all took care of feeding themselves before I even got up — love it!

Sprinkle some cinnamon on top and add some milk … yum!

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Notes:

  • Have I raved about how much I love Grandma’s Country Cream powdered milk?  For taste, it’s the best out there IMO.  Also, as pictured, I was able to use it to mix a quick cup of milk (no problem with it dissolving) and enjoy it with my oatmeal just as if it were real milk!  The only taste equal I’ve been able to find has been Morning Moo but unfortunately because it’s a whey based “milk alternative” there were some things nutritionally on the label that bothered me esp. the added sugars, hydrogenated oils and low protein per serving. Please leave a note in the comments if there are other brands you’ve tried and really liked —  this is the powdered milk I’ve liked best after shopping around and taste testing as much as I could.
  •  This time around I used freeze dried peaches in the oatmeal but strawberries, blueberries and apples (either freeze dried or dehydrated) have been some other favorites.  Raisins or craisins plump beautifully and are delicious in it too.
  • As far as pots go that work well in wonder ovens  you want something that is fairly thin (as in light weight) not heavy and thick metalled.  Also you want the quantity of food you’re cooking to match the size of pot you use, in other words you don’t want a lot of air space hanging around inside the pot while it cooks.  Well, I finally found a small set of pots over at IKEA that work well and that I like.  The only problem was that they came with small venting holes in the lids (which I’ve since plugged with small pieces of tin foil to keep the steam from escaping) but other than that they’re just what I was looking for. Ultra cheap too!

4 Responses to “Overnight Oatmeal”

  1. Becky Powell March 25, 2012 at 4:04 am #

    My favorite powdered milk is Thrive Instant Milk by Shelf Reliance. I’ve tried Morning Moo and a few others but this one always makes its way to the top of the list. In order to make it taste GREAT I double the powdered that is called for so that it’s a bit thicker and let it sit overnight to chill for breakfast the next day. My kids have never noticed a difference from Thrive Instant milk to their grocery milk.

    • myfoodstoragecookbook March 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Thanks Becky! I haven’t tried Thrive’s brand (though it’s in my Q to try soon) — good to hear!

    • Rachele Tycksen September 2, 2013 at 9:39 am #

      Our family prefers the Country Cream milk products over the THRIVE milk. The taste is so much better especially for drinking. And the Country Cream chocolate milk is wonderful!! My kids love it better than any other, preferring even over name-brand store bought varieties. I do love the THRIVE products, and the milk works great in cooking and powdered cream sauces. The kids won’t drink the THRIVE chocolate milk though. It is no where near as creamy or yummy. Being raised on a farm and drinking real milk from a cow, the CC has that whole milk, rich and creamy taste, the THRIVE is more like 2% store bought milk. Every family is different though so one favorite for one family won’t be the favorite for another. But IMO the Country Cream & THRIVE milks are the two best out there from our experience and what I’ve read on other blogs. And they are some of the least expensive also.

      By the way, I love your blog, thank you so much for all the information. I’m putting together my own Food Storage Book. Thank you.

      • Megan September 2, 2013 at 11:43 am #

        Thanks Rachele, for posting your own review here! I appreciate it!

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