How to Cook Oat Groats in a Crock Pot

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Whole oat groats are the least processed types of oats you'll find on the shelf -- these oats are simply cleaned and hulled grain kernels. Because of their hearty, unprocessed nature, whole groats take a bit longer to cook than other types of oats, such as rolled or quick oats. The slow cooker comes in handy as a no-fuss, slow-cooking method for preparing a warm and fragrant whole-groat oatmeal.

Things You'll Need

  • Oat groats
  • Slow cooker
  • Cinnamon, salt and sugar (optional)
  • Dried or fresh fruit (optional)
  • Milk (optional)
  • Additional seasonings (optional)
  • Combine whole oat groats and room-temperature water in a slow cooker at a ratio of about 1/3 oats to 2/3 water. For a full-sized slow cooker, about 2 cups of groats and 6 cups of water does the trick.

  • Add cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of salt to taste, if desired. You can also add a handful or so of dried fruit such as cherries, raisins or berries to the mix for more flavor and nutritional content.

  • Set the slow cooker to low and allow the groats to simmer for 8 to 10 hours. When they're ready to eat, the oats give off a hearty, wheat-like scent and have the soft, moist consistency of oatmeal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Put your whole oat groats in the slow cooker before bed to wake up to a warm serving of oatmeal in the morning.
  • Substitute milk for water to give your oatmeal a creamier consistency and richer taste.
  • Substitute raw brown sugar for table sugar for a healthier, more flavorful option.
  • Experiment with spices, seasoning and garnishes such as almond butter, nutmeg or dried coconut shavings to give your oat groats a richer flavor.
  • For a tangier flavor and even more nutrients, add sliced fresh fruit, such as bananas or peaches, to the oat groats after cooking. A drizzle of honey also serves as a health-conscious and tasty alternative sweetener.

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