So I wanted to try making oatmeal in the crockpot. I have never been a big fan of oatmeal, and I admit shamefully that I prefer the maple & brown sugar Quaker instant to anything I have ever made myself. BUT I'm trying really hard to implement more GNOWFGLINS food choices into our diet. So, I decided to try soaking oats/making oatmeal in the crockpot. (I don't think I actually did the soaking part right, but I'm working on it! lol) I didn't have any steel cut oats, which apparently make a better flavor, so I just threw in two cups of Quaker oats, a generous handful of brown sugar, some cinnamon, and a dash of salt and a dash of cloves. I added 2 cups of milk and 3 cups of water and set the crockpot to low for 8 hours.
This morning, the oatmeal was very creamy/gooey/mushy. But it tasted pretty good. For good measure, I put more brown sugar and some maple syrup on top (the log cabin natural kind with NO HFCS). It was pretty good, but Tristan wouldn't touch it. So, I had about 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal left over. This happened to be the EXACT amount I needed to make the oatmeal cookies I found here. (she got it from cooks.com)
Here's the recipe:
Leftover Oatmeal Cookies
2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 c sugar
2/3 c shortening (I use butter)
1 1/2 cups cooked oatmeal
Sift dry ingredients together. Add shortening & eggs and beat until creamy--about 2 minutes. (It does eventually become creamy!) Stir in oatmeal. Drop onto greased baking sheets and bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 4 dozen.
The cookies turned out really yummy. I added raisins to half the batter--YUM! They are super soft and have a great flavor. Love them. I don't know if I love them enough to brave the crockpot mess again...maybe if I have a liner. ;-)
All in all, I think we could get used to oatmeal, especially if we get cookies. lol