Healthy Recipe: Almond Butter and Honey Overnight Oats

Bulk-cooking is an important kitchen skill in successful meal planning. And breakfast is easy to make and will save you a lot of time on a busy morning. What sets this recipe apart from hundreds of overnight oat recipes is the use of a slow cooker. When steel-cut oats are cooked low and slow for several hours, the result is a smooth silky porridge texture similar to flan. That texture combined with the richness of the almond butter and honey really puts this bowl of oats in a category of its own.

And as if the uniqueness of the dish wasn’t enticing enough, the comforting feeling of waking up to the smell of cinnamon and a hot bowl waiting for you will put you over the edge. Once you fall in love, make a double batch and reheat and eat throughout the week.

Ingredients:

1 cup whole milk

½ cup steel cut oatmeal

1 whole stick cinnamon

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons almond butter

1 tablespoon of honey

Also required:

Slow cooker or Instant Pot

A glass measuring cup, bowl or jar large enough to hold four cups of liquid, and sit inside a slow cooker with a lid on top.

Instructions:

Stir together 2 cups water, milk, oatmeal, and salt in a large glass measuring cup. Place the cup in an empty slow cooker and then add enough water to the slow cooker so that it comes halfway up the outside of the measuring cup. Place the lid of the slow cooker on top, slightly ajar. Set the slow cooker to “low” and go to bed.

In the morning, stir the oatmeal to combine any clumps that may have formed at the bottom of the jar. Then stir in the almond butter and honey. Serve hot with your favorite fruits, nuts and milk.

Serves 4.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

220 calories

7 grams of protein

10 grams of total fat

2 grams of saturated fat

Cholesterol 5 mg

27 grams of carbohydrates

3 grams of fiber

12 grams of total sugars

Added sugars are 8 grams

Sodium 220 mg

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