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Springtime Twist on A Breakfast Classic
Who doesn’t love a classic oatmeal? It’s always filling and you can add variety to it in so many ways. With springtime here and summer just around the corner, I love adding in fresh fruit into our breakfasts whenever I can. My Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal is the perfect way to do just that! Plus, it’s a little decadent, and who doesn’t love a decadent breakfast to start their day? Made in just one pot, the Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker to get the job done and create a delicious breakfast everyone will love.
Most Important Meal of the Day
Breakfast is rarely (if ever) skipped around here. Not to say we always eat the most nutritious of meals, but I pretty much have to eat something or I feel yucky the rest of the day. Now that I have a growing toddler and am pregnant, it’s even more important that my family gets a filling, nutritious breakfast in each day. If only my pregnancy energy levels and morning sickness would agree with this resolution! When I wake up feeling less than stellar, that last thing I want to do is spend a long time in the kitchen making a tedious meal. Not to mention my 2 and a half year old wouldn’t really let this happen anyway! Enter the Crock-Pot® 6-Quart Express Crock Multi-Cooker!
Pressure Cooker and So Much More!
Slow or Fast, It’s Up to You
The Express Crock’s 8 pre-set pressurized settings makes one-pot meals easier than ever. You can choose to eat sooner or use the slow cook setting to come back later to a delicious hot meal.
My personal favorite function of the Crock Pot Express Crock Multi-Cooker is the pressure cooker function, which cooks pretty much anything you can think of in a matter of minutes, but it also includes the slow cooker function that you probably know and love Crock-Pot for! I’ve had my Crock-Pot slow cooker for over 5 years now and I still get so much use out of it, but as a busy mom now it is so nice to have the option to cook things quickly as well. Especially when I don’t have the energy to even think about dinner until well..dinnertime! The awesome thing about this Crock-Pot Express Crock is that it can replace both your pressure cooker and slow cooker, saving you precious kitchen storage room. Who doesn’t need that?!
Settings Make it Simple
With it’s 8 different pre-set cooking settings, it really is a cinch to use. If you want a little more control over your cooking, it’s still easy to cook using your own settings as well using the manual function. This kitchen tool is so user friendly, plus the inside bowl is dishwasher friendly! It should be considered a staple in any busy chef or mom’s kitchen.
Strawberries and Cream Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup almond (or non dairy milk)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup cleaned and chopped strawberries
- 1/4 cup half and half
- Optional: whipped cream and additional strawberries for topping
- Turn on the Express Crock to “Saute” function. Add butter and when melted, stir in steel cut oats. Saute for a few minutes or until the oats have a slightly nutty aroma. *
- Add salt, water, milk, brown sugar, and vanilla and set Express Crock to “Multigrain” function and set timer for 10 minutes. Make sure seal is closed.
- Allow Express Crock to come to pressure (this will take a few minutes) and wait for the timer to finish. Meanwhile, chop strawberries if you haven’t already.
- Allow the pressure to naturally release for a minute or two then very carefully, manually release the seal to allow the rest of the steam to escape. When the steam stops, carefully remove lid.
- At this time, the oats may be a little watery, but they should firm up if you let them sit a minute.
- Stir in strawberries and cream and spoon into individual bowls. Add whipped cream and additional strawberries if you’d like! Makes about 4 servings.
I hope you enjoy this delicious springtime breakfast that can be ready in a matter of minutes with minimal prep work.