January 26, 2012

Cinnamon-Sugar Strawberry Steel Cut Oat Loaf {Naptime Everyday}

Steel Cut Oats Loaf | The Naptime Chef

What’s Going on Today: Typical crazy day at home followed by sledding after school!

Naptime Goals: Meetings and catching up on writing, slow cooker lasagna already simmering away for dinner.

Tonight’s Menu: Lasagna, Salad and Wine. After the kiddo goes to sleep prep breakfast tomorrow!

Until recently my daughter would finish her substantial plate of cinnamon waffles while I was still clutching hot tea and waiting for my oatmeal to cook. I’ve recently remedied this problem by preparing my steel cut oats in the slow-cooker the night before after my daughter was asleep, enabling us to eat breakfast together every morning. Prepping steel cut oats in the slow cooker overnight is an extremely popular winter breakfast, but I hadn’t tried it myself until this month. Once I realized how well the method works I started doing it weekly, piling in the oats after bedtime and digging into my hot cereal alongside my daughter the next morning. The leftovers of each batch were stored in a loaf pan so all week I could cut out a big slice and warm it up in an instant each morning.

Naturally, once I got in this rhythm I also began playing with the flavors. At first I only flavored the cereal post-cooking, but then I got braver and started adding flavors the night before. My recent favorite is this strawberry version. I swirl in a generous dollop of strawberry jam and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar before it cooks, and top it with fresh strawberries right breakfast. I love the way it tastes like a creamy strawberry oatmeal cookie. I think next time I might try swirling in shredded apples to see if it tastes like apple pie!


Cinnamon-Sugar Strawberry Steel Cut Oat Loaf


1 cup steel cut oats
2 cups water
2 cups 2% milk
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 tablespoons strawberry jam
½ cup sliced fresh strawberries


Combine the oats, water, milk, cinnamon, sugar and strawberry jam in the slow cooker and cook it on low heat for eight hours. Once it is finished cooking scoop a fresh bowl and top it with fresh berries. Scoop the rest into a 9×5 loaf pan and store it covered in the fridge until the next meal.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

There are nearly endless ways to flavor steel cut oats, try adding different jams or fruits!

Naptime Stopwatch

5 minutes prep time, 8 hours

Naptime Reviews

I adore this, though my daughter still prefers her waffles!


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