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Adapted from Kathy Hester's "The Vegan Slow Cooker"
Serves: 4 large servings
Note: I doubled Kathy's recipe & used my cheapo Procter-Silex 3.5 quart slow-cooker. That way I had left-overs.
1 cup steel-cut oats
2 cups water
3 cups unsweetened soy milk or almond milk (vanilla flavor is fine)
1/4 cup good quality unsweetened undutched cocoa powder (Penzey's, Hershey's, Scharffen Berger's, or Ghiradelli's)
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/4+ tsp. stevia (to taste) You can always add more to your oatmeal later if you want it a little sweeter--but watch out--stevia can get a little bitter if you add too much.
2 tablespoons of agave nectar (or maple syrup)
Options: 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon; 2-4 tablespoons of PB2, the defatted peanut powder
Top each serving of oatmeal with 1/4 cup of thawed, mixed frozen berries; 1 1/2 tablespoons of chopped walnuts, & 1 tablespoon of chia seed, if desired.
The night before:
1. Spray your crockpot with Spectrum's high-heat canola cooking spray if food tends to stick to your slow-cooker.
2. Measure the milk & water, and then heat up about 1 cup of the liquid in the microwave, until very warm. Now, slowly mix in the 1/4 of cocoa with a tiny whisk. Cocoa usually doesn't mix well in cold liquids--that's why I pre-dissolve it, before adding it to the slow-cooker.
3. Add the oats, the milk, water, cocoa mixture, the vanilla, the stevia, & the agave. That's it!
4. Set the slow-cooker to low.
Hester says this should take 6 to 8 hours. Mine took only 6 hours! Just warning you.
5. Refrigerate the left-overs, and enjoy reheated the next 3 days!
Warning: My slow-cooker runs hot--so my oatmeal was done in 6 hours. If I had cooked the oatmeal overnight, it would have been a little dry, and slightly crusty or overdone on the sides.
Hester highly recommends that the first time you use these recipes you should do it when you are home, to see how long the cooking actually takes--and if your slow-cooker runs on the hotter or cooler side.
I REALLY want to get a better slow-cooker, so recommendations are welcome. A programmable one--that could flip to warm after 6 hours, would be perfect.
Note: I'm sure you could prepare this at night and let it soak overnight in a regular saucepan in the refrigerator--and cook it in the morining--on the stove. It's the overnight soak that makes it special.
Nutrition Facts (based on one serving topped with 1/4 cup of mixed berries, and 1/8 of an ounce of walnuts, equivalent to 1/2 tablespoon) (chia seed isn't included in this count)
Healthy Librarian's/Kathy Hester
Save Your Heart Chocolate Oatmeal wt Berries
Serving Size: 1 serving
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