I bet you’ve had overnight oatmeal and probably slow cooker oatmeal, but have you ever had ice cream oatmeal?
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No you are not going crazy, nor do you need your eyes checked. Now only is this oatmeal made in a slow cooker, I did in fact say “ice cream oatmeal”. While trying to determine what to make with all the ice cream Graeter’s sent me I somehow got the bright idea to use some ice cream in place of the liquid needed to make oatmeal.
I felt like a genius, although I did worry it would be too sweet for the first meal of the day. But guess what? It wasn’t too sweet at all, in fact it wasn’t any sweeter than other oatmeal I’ve made in the past.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can use any flavor ice cream you want, assuming it is a flavor you would care to enjoy for breakfast. I chose Graeter’s Black Cherry Chocolate Chip and with the addition of chopped almonds it was everything I had dreamed of – a creamy oatmeal with a hint of cherry and chocolate flavors and the crunch of almonds. I threw more almonds and dark chocolate chips on top because I couldn’t get enough.
I recently made it again with a strawberry ice cream and topped it with fresh strawberries in the morning before devouring it. The options are endless! Chose your favorite ice cream and oatmeal toppings and go to town!
Now, if you are like me and don’t have a programable slow cooker (aka only off, low, high warm without timer settings) I have a little trick for you. USE A PLUG TIMER! I know it’s mind blowing and works like a charm.
I also use the timer when I want my slow cooker to kick on later in the day, especially while I am off at work. I forget where I got the idea in the first place but I’ve been using it for years! No need to go buy a fancy one when this works just as well. Of course nowadays people have the options of WiFi enabled smart plugs which you could use too.
Looking for more oatmeal recipes to start your day? Check out this list from fellow bloggers for #NationalOatmealMonth !
National Oatmeal Month
- Blueberry Pecan Baked Oatmeal from Kate’s Recipe Box
- Overnight Maple Oatmeal from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
- Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal from Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Low Carb Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from Palatable Pastime
- Masala Oats from Magical Ingredients
- Yellow Cake Baked Oatmeal from Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Sour Cream & Raisin Oatmeal Squares from Savory Moments
- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal from Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
- Chocolate Chip Pecan Granola Bars from Family Around the Table
- Cranberry Orange Baked Oatmeal from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Oatmeal Kiss Cookies from A Little Fish in the Kitchen
- Mixed Berry Oatmeal Bars from Making Miracles
- Overnight Slow Cooker Ice Cream Oatmeal from The Spiffy Cookie
- Leftover Oatmeal Muffins from A Day in the LIfe on the Farm
- Lavender Blueberry Chia Seed Oatmeal from Our Sutton Place
- 3 cups old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 pint ice cream, thawed
- 2 cups milk or unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 cups water
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Optional toppings: chopped nuts, dried fruit, chocolate, syrup
- Coat inside of large slow cooker (I used a 6 quart) with cooking spray. Add all ingredients except optional toppings to slow cooker. Stir, cover and set on high for 1.5 hours.
- Stir, cover and turn off heat. Let sit in crock pot for 8 hours with it turned off. The heat will continue to cook as the crock pot cools down.
- In the morning, warm up and serve with additional toppings, if desired.
- Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.
Post updated 1/18/21, last two photos above are the originals.
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Source: Adapted from Overnight, Slow Cooker Eggnog Cranberry Steel-Cut Oatmeal.
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