Slow Cooked Banana Walnut Oatmeal

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Slow Cooked Banana Walnut Oatmeal - In the Crock-pot recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen More a warm muesli cereal than a cooked oatmeal, this breakfast truly surprised me. The flavors were perfect together. The nuts were softened to the perfect crunch.

The cinnamon, raisins and bananas all combined to make this a delicious breakfast. I have already printed a copy of this recipe and put it in my breakfast binder. This will be made repeatedly in the future.

Both of my older boys told me it was delicious and the baby was frantically signing “more, more, more” as I was finishing feeding him.

My oldest son (the child who avoids oatmeal whenever possible) requested this for breakfast tomorrow as he went to bed tonight. Apparently, it really was that good.

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Slow cookers or crockpots are an appliance of which I have more than one. If you are an avid slow cooker user like I am, you might understand the need for more than one. So, let’s talk about my favorites:

First up is this 6-quart slow cooker that has a locking lid. These crockpots are fantastic for transporting foods. Mine has gone everywhere from church potlucks to barbecues, game nights to Thanksgiving dinner. However, fair warning, these slow cookers run crazy hot. Low is closer to a boil than a simmer, the warm setting actually simmers. So trust me when I say HIGH is high.

My everyday slow cooker is this 8-quart Crockpot. It’s my go-to appliance for cooking large roasts and big batches of chili. Fun fact: did you know that a full 4-quart cooker, actually cooks more slowly than a half-full 8-quart cooker?

For just cooking a few pounds of chicken to shred for enchiladas or other smaller recipes, this 3-quart version is perfect.

Thanksgiving has become a breeze since I have mastered how to hold all of the side dishes using these medium-sized round slow cookers.

If you aren’t a fan of the idea of keeping more than one slow cooker in the house, these CrockPockets are a game-changer when it comes to preparing and holding multiple dishes at the same time. They slide into a standard 6-quart crockpot, dividing it into two sections that are perfect for serving different side dishes or keeping taco fillings warm for parties.

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Slow Cooked Banana Walnut Oatmeal – In the Crock-pot

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to The Reluctant Entertainer
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Ingredients 

  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 large bananas sliced
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional: 1/2 cup raisins

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the crock-pot. Cook on HIGH for 1 hour or on LOW for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally, or until desired consistency. (Confession: I turned the crockpot on and promptly forgot to check it for the next hour. It was perfect when I tested it at the hour mark.)
  • * I used a 2 quart crockpot for this recipe, but it would work fine in a larger one. Just watch the oatmeal and see if it is cooking more quickly than the recipe describes.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Linda says

    I've never tried to make oatmeal in a crockpot! This would be wonderful for having guests over and waking to the aromas in my kitchen! I'm looking forward to trying this!

  2. Dmarie says

    I have such a fear of hot oatmeal (oh, the gloppy horrors of my childhood!), but I bet this would be yummy all blended into a smoothie!!

  3. sheila @ Elements says

    What a great idea to make this in the crock pot. I never would have thought of that. It looks and sounds like a wonderful breakfast…and it's so healthy! I need to make this as soon as I get myself a crock pot! 🙂