Crockpot Banana Oatmeal with Orange Zest

Recently my boyfriend purchased a crockpot…yes it took us more than 6 months of living in our apartment to buy one. Now that we have it, I don’t know WHY we decided to wait so long! Now, I thought overnight oatmeal was the BEST way to eat oatmeal. I’ve clearly been proven wrong. Slow cooker oatmeal is EASILY the best of the best. I’ve never tasted anything so creamy and thick to perfection. Not to mention, HUGE added bonus when you wake up in the morning and your apartment smells like a cinnabun.
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I’ve only made crockpot oatmeal twice, but both times seemed to surpass any and all expectations. It’s incredible how much flavor this oatmeal holds, with so little ingredients. I always take out a variety of toppings to add to it, but end up finding the oatmeal is just as delicious without any additions.
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The below ingredients/measurements serves about 6 people.

Ingredients:

-2 Cups of Oats (I used quick oats – but steel or regular work to)
-2 Cups of Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
-2 Cups of Water
-1 and 1/2 banana chopped
-1/4 cup of flax seeds
-1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
-1/2 tsp salt
-1 tsp of nutmeg
-2-3 tsp of cinnamon
-1-2 tsp of vanilla stevia
-1-2 tsp of orange zest

Add all ingredients and stir well once in the crockpot. Cook for 8 hours on low heat – I prefer to do this overnight so that I wake up to it! Once ready, stir oatmeal with a fork to fluff it up and serve warm. Top with mixed nuts, fruit, whatever you’d like or eat as is!

** If you have any leftovers – turn them into oatmeal cookies! Add about 1 tsp of baking powder to your mix + chocolate chips. Set oven to 370 degrees and cook for 20 mins or until lightly golden. Let cool and enjoy!

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