Cherry-Orange Oatmeal

IMG_7001For those lazy weekends when you want to wake up to a hot breakfast, this recipe is easy to throw together and forget about until you wake up to the smell of hot cocoa filling your kitchen. This is another one of those recipes where we usually have all of the ingredients already in the pantry. If not, blueberries and/or bananas will substitute nicely in this one. You can play around with it a little; just think about your favorite chocolate covered fruit and try that fruit with this oatmeal. Tell me how it turns out!

IMG_70034 cups water

2 cups old-fashioned oats

4tablespoons sugar substitute

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 cups fresh pitted cherries or frozen dark sweet cherries

2 cans (11 ounces each) mandarin orange segments in syrup, drained and rinsed

Combine first four ingredients in Crock-Pot, cover, cook on Low for 8 hours. Divide evenly and top with cherries and orange segments.

In my attempt at this recipe, there was a little bit of burned oatmeal stuck to the bottom of the Crock-Pot which I had to end up soaking and using a rubber spatula to scrape out later.   So to keep it a “lazy weekend” recipe, I would suggest using a cheat such as cooking spray, plastic wrap, or aluminum foil to line the Crock-Pot; something you’re comfortable with using or recommended for your slow-cooker.

This recipe is from the Crock-Pot Slow Cooker Recipes binder we found at Costco. I love it! We have found several recipes in there that have become part of our regular monthly menu.

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