Strawberry Malt Slow Cooker Oatmeal
If you couldn’t tell from my bananas foster oatmeal or any of my decadent pancakes, I’m a big fan of dessert for breakfast. If I have leftover cake or any cookies laying around, I will devour them before I’m even fully awake. This is triply true on a Monday!
One of my absolute favorite desserts is a strawberry malt, with several extra scoops of malt powder. I noticed I had a large bag of frozen strawberries in the freezer that were on their last leg and knew I had to do something with them to prevent me from making a million milk shakes. My favorite thing about the weekend is seeing just how lazy I can be, so I immediately reached for my slow cooker. Throw everything in, go to sleep, wake up and eat – nice and lazy!
If you’re gluten free or vegan, I haven’t been able to find a good malted milk substitute for you. I ate a few bites without the malt powder, and it wasn’t quite at milkshake status. I’d suggest adding a little creamer (vegan or otherwise) and maybe some extra vanilla, and of course topping with whipped cream. If you can/do use malt powder, this gets super-decadent-breakfast status. This tasted exactly like I had mixed a real strawberry malt into my oatmeal, in the best possible way.
- 1 c steel cut oats
- 2 ½ c water
- 1 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other milk with a splash of vanilla)
- 2 c frozen whole unsweetened strawberries (could use fresh)
- 2 – 3 tbsp agave nectar
- 5 tbsp malt powder
- whipped cream (or chocolate chips, fresh strawberries, nuts)
- Spritz your slow cooker with nonstick spray to avoid sticking.
- Add the oats, water, milk, and strawberries. Cover and set your slow cooker on low for 7 – 10 hours. You may get some sticking to the sides, but this oatmeal is still good (actually, it’s VERY good). If you’re awake, stir occasionally – but it’s okay if you don’t.
- When ready to eat, remove the cover. If it’s not thick enough, switch to high and let cook uncovered for 10 – 15 minutes. If it’s too thick, stir in additional water or milk.
- Add agave nectar, adjusting to personal tastes, and stir in malt powder.
- Serve and top with whipped cream.