Make oatmeal exciting with an oatmeal bar. Put enticing toppings, such as brown sugar, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, shredded coconut and maple syrup, in an array of stackable plastic containers. Make oatmeal every night in the slow cooker, and every morning you can whip the tops off the topping to let kids dress their own bowls of oatmeal with their favorite flavorings. Slow-cooked oatmeal is much creamier than the stovetop variety and many kids prefer the smoother texture.
|6 cups water||Raisins, dried cranberries or dried blueberries|
|2 cups old-fashioned oat flakes (not quick oats)||Chopped nuts|
|1/2 teaspoon salt||Shredded coconut|
|Brown sugar||Maple syrup|
Put the water, oats and salt in a slow cooker. Set to low and cook overnight. (If your slow cooker has a timer, set it to come on three hours before you wake up.)
Store the toppings in covered plastic containers and serve each morning with the slow-cooked oatmeal.
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