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Oh I had great thoughts of waking up this morning to a warm bowl of apple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal and a hot cup of coffee. You see I found a recipe for Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal here and I wanted to give it a go (doesn’t it look delicious?). I even got a bunch of you excited about this over on the Queen Bee Facebook page.
So late last night I throw it all in my crockpot – only to discover that it this is what my crockpot did to it by morning:
What a hot mess. I don’t believe this is the fault of the recipe. And of course it can’t be user error (wink, wink). I think my slow cooker does not know the true meaning of “low” – which usually works to my advantage as I frantically throw my “slow” cooker meal into the crockpot at 2 p.m. for a 5 p.m. dinner. LOL. Usually that scorching “slow” cook helps me out – but not today. I had it on the lowest possible setting. And the crazy thing is I woke up at 4:30 a.m. on a whim and decided to check it – imagine if I had slept another couple hours.
I also discovered why none of the recipes suggested adding raisins during the cooking process. Well duh. They melted into a big mess. I’ve never claimed to be Martha Stewart – but I really feel like a doofus messing up oatmeal.
My husband woke up and was completely fooled. It smelled so good. He headed straight for the kitchen asking if he could have some. I said, “sure!” and he took one look at it and said, “uhhh. . . want a coffee refill?” Haha. Poor guy.
I did see other recipes use a water bath in the slow cooker and that might be my best bet. I won’t give up, not yet. . .stay tuned. It might be a few days, I have a feeling I’ll be scrubbing this pot for a while. . . Cheerios anyone?
p.s. I know this post probably has you ready to run out and buy Steel Cut Oats. If so, here’s a printable coupon for $1 off any McCann’s Irish Oatmeal product (use zip code 75037). Trader Joe’s is a great place to buy.