Overnight Chai Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal (Slow Cooker)

Overnight Chai Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal (Slow Cooker)

What if there was a wonderful appliance that you could toss in a bunch of ingredients into before bed, then wake up to a warm, fragrant breakfast? For those without fear of burning the house down, this same gadget could take tough meats from chewy to downright tender, all while you’re at work or out running errands.

Indeed, such an appliance exists. And of course, I’m talking about the slow cooker.

That being said, I hardly use mine either.

This week, however, was a different story. When I stumbled upon the Chai and Pear Oatmeal from The Oatmeal Artist blog, I knew that a few tweaks would make this recipe a great contender for the slow cooker. Steel cut oats take forever to cook compared to their (aptly titled) quick-cooking counterparts, but using the handy, dandy slow cooker means that you don’t have to hover over the stove for half an hour to enjoy the sweet, nutty taste of these delightfully chewy oat pieces.

Overnight Chai Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal (Slow Cooker)

Overnight Chai Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal (Slow Cooker)

Serves 5

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 2 chai tea bags (I used Numi Rooibos Chai)
  • 1 cup milk (I used organic nonfat milk)
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 pears, diced
  • ¼ cup date paste (or 2 tablespoons maple syrup)
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed

Method:

  1. Make 2 cups of strong chai tea, letting the tea bags steep for at least 30 minutes. Once the tea is sufficiently strong, discard the used tea bags.
  2. Lightly coat the inside of a programmable slow cooker with oil or cooking spray.
  3. Pour all ingredients into the slow cooker, then stir to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 4.5 to 5 hours. I use a programmable slow cooker so that I can get more than five hours of sleep and still wake up to warm oatmeal. (Once the oatmeal is done cooking the programmed amount of time, the slow cooker automatically switches to a ‘warm’ setting and holds the food warm.)
  5. Divide into 5 bowls and serve immediately, or put leftover servings into the fridge for later. To reheat individual servings, simply microwave on high for 1 ½ to 2 minutes.

Overnight Chai Pear Steel Cut Oatmeal (Slow Cooker)

Nutrition per serving: 300 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 55g cholesterol (11g fiber, 21g sugar*), 9g protein, 25mg sodium, 3% Vitamin A, 10% Vitamin C, 13% Iron, 12% Calcium

*None are the dangerous added sugars or refined sweeteners

– Kelly

Banana Berry Overnight Oatmeal (Step-by-Step)

Banana Berry Overnight Oatmeal

While many folks claim to be unwaveringly loyal to a warm breakfast, I have converted quite a number of oatmeal enthusiasts to cold porridge (at least during the warmer months) by offering them some of my famous overnight oats.

The allure of overnight oatmeal is that it is prepared ahead of time, so in the morning, you can just grab a spoon and dig in. Overnight oats have taken Pinterest by storm for well over a year now, but for those that are hesitant, I have created a step-by-step guide. Once you have the basics down, you can concoct any number of flavor combinations, from Pumpkin Spice to Tiramisu.

Ready to shake up your breakfast routine? Here it goes!

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

In a small bowl, mash half of a ripe banana with a fork.

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

Add 1/4 cup of raspberries to the bowl and mash them into the banana.

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

Add 1/2 cup (or 1 individual carton) nonfat plain Greek yogurt to the fruit mixture,

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

and mix well. Now you have naturally sweetened yogurt! (Note: If you find that the fruit and yogurt mixture is too tart at this stage, feel free to add the other banana half.)

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

Pour the fruit and yogurt mixture into a mason jar (or container that can hold at least 12 oz). Then add 2 teaspoons chia seeds, 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats, 1/4 cup raspberries, 1/2 cup water, and 1/4 cup blueberries.

Banana Berry Overnight Oatmeal

Shake up the jar (or stir well) so that the contents are evenly mixed. Then place in the refrigerator overnight. As you sleep, the mixture will thicken up and the oats will soften.

Banana Berry Overnight Oats

In the morning, enjoy your refreshing oats straight out the jar, or spoon into a serving bowl and garnish with berries.

Banana Berry Overnight Oatmeal

Banana Berry Overnight Oatmeal

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ ripe banana
  • ½ cup raspberries, divided
  • ¼ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (or 1 individual sized carton)
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup water

Method:

  1. In a small bowl, mash the banana half with a fork.
  2. Add half of the raspberries (1/4 cup) to the bowl and mash them into the banana.
  3. Add 1/2 cup (or 1 individual carton) nonfat plain Greek yogurt to the fruit mixture and mix well. This is how you make naturally sweetened yogurt! (Note: If you find that the fruit and yogurt mixture is too tart at this stage, feel free to add the other banana half.)
  4. Pour the fruit and yogurt mixture into a mason jar (or container that’s at least 12oz). Then add the chia seeds, oats, blueberries, remaining raspberries, and water.
  5. Shake up the jar (or stir well) so that the contents are evenly mixed. Then place in the refrigerator overnight. As you sleep, the mixture will thicken up and the oats will soften.
  6. In the morning, enjoy your oats cold straight out of the jar, or spooned into a serving bowl. Feel free to garnish with berries.

Nutrition: 350 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 55g carbohydrates (12g fiber, 20g sugar*), 24g protein, 1% Vitamin A, 42% Vitamin C, 15% iron, 28% calcium

*All sugars are naturally occurring- none are the dangerous added sugars.

Banana Berry Overnight Oatmeal

Looking for other overnight oats recipes? These are the four that I make most frequently:

– Kelly