I have been wanting to make homemade oatmeal for a while now. More often then not, we find ourselves caught up in the moment, running out of time, and using those little instant oatmeal bags. Sure, they taste good, but they aren't the healthiest. My 16 month old son, Austin, looooooooves oatmeal. He has about 4 things in his breakfast rotation and oatmeal is playing a starring role. I have made an effort since started eating solids to make them myself from scratch. We want to try to avoid so many processed foods in his diet because there are whole, healthy, and delicious foods at our finger tips. Austin has made this somewhat difficult being somewhat of a picky eater, but at least we know what he likes and can work with that. This recipe is easy to fix, healthy, and cheap! You can easily store serving sizes in zip lock freezer bags and freeze them to have on hand. I am also going to try this recipe with different fruits, and I would imagine you could leave the fruit out altogether, and add whatever fresh fruits you want each time you re-heat it.
2 cup of oats
4 cups of milk (I used 2%)
4 tablespoons of brown sugar
2 tablespoon of vanilla (I have no idea where my vanilla went in that picture)
pinch of salt
2 small apples, chopped (or whatever fruit you want!)
1. Place oats, milk, and apples into the crock-pot. Add vanilla, brown sugar, and salt. Stir.
2. Cook on high for 1-2 hours, or low for 2-3 hours. Check consistency and cook to your liking (some like to chew more than others).
3. Serve and top with cinnamons, raisins, you name it!