Overnight Brown Sugar-Raisin Oatmeal

I’m strictly a morning person. It’s a bit sad, really. I peak at about six am. The entire rest of the day is downhill from that point. I’ve been wired like this for years and I keep anticipating a change, but so far I’m still both a ridiculously early riser and extremely excited about being awake hours before the sun joins me. This is not gone unnoticed by any roommates. Or friends who get 5 am texts with about 50 exclamation marks. Or, I’m sure, the folks at the end of my online shopping orders. The only one who seems okay with my internal wiring is faithful little Mops. Although I truly love the quiet of the early morning hours, I do sometimes feel a void. It used to be human interaction, then I got Mops and realized that the only thing better than someone responding to your out loud mutterings…is someone who doesn’t respond at all! Now, with this recipe, you can wake up to a cinnamon-scented kitchen fairytale and talk away to your small dog. It just doesn’t get any better, ya’ll. 

Overnight Brown Sugar-Raisin Oatmeal

You will need: 
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 6 cups water 
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. each vanilla extract and sea salt
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon 
  • 1 cup raisin 
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup flax seeds, optional
  • 1 cup yogurt (Greek-style vanilla yogurt, preferably)
  • Spray a layer of cooking spray in your crock pot bowl
  • Add all ingredients except yogurt and (optional) flax seeds. Stir to combine. 
  • Set the crockpot to low for nine hours. Sleep peacefully knowing that you will have to do almost nothing in order to have a fantastic breakfast in the morning. Dream of all the online shopping productive things you’ll do with that extra time. 

  • In the morning, your house will smell like fairies came and made you breakfast. And you will smile. Until your small dog takes advantage of your morning quiet ritual and decides that it’s very important to play right-that-minute. 
  • Turn off the heat prior to serving, stir in a cup of yogurt and flax seeds to thicken it up and add flavor. 

  • Refrigerate the leftovers and try cold – I wasn’t expecting it to be that good! I also had some as a dessert of sorts with melted chocolate, like a cold rice pudding idea. Or, mainly, I just really wanted something sweet and this was already made. 
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