One of my favorite breakfasts I call Hippie Oatmeal, mainly because it’s filled with healthy grains, nuts, seeds, and that sort of crunchy stuff that Frank used to scoff at. But this stuff is so good even he likes it, and it’s so easy to do because it happens by magic overnight in the crockpot. In the morning, I just scoop it up for us after the morning chores, add butter, maple syrup, and some cream, and seriously, what’s not to love?
I use a ratio of 4 to 1 — 4 cups of liquid to 1 cup of grains.
So into my one cup measuring cup, I add steel cut oats, cracked wheatberries, wheat germ, and coarsely ground corn meal. (if you avoid gluten, leave out the wheat)
4 cups raw milk (or your liquid of choice. water is fine.)
About a half cup of dried fruit — cranberries, dates, apricots, raisins, dried cherries
About a fourth cup of seeds and nuts — raw sunflower, pumpkin, flax, poppy, chia, sesame, almonds, pecans
A pinch of salt
I put it in the crockpot overnight, on low. It does best when it has at least 8 hours, but 10 is even better.
It comes out with a lovely texture, creamy and delightful.
There’s a lot of sweetness because of the dried fruit, so I usually add just a bit of maple syrup when I serve it up, and like I said, butter and cream.