Mr. Larz is not the best breastfeeder… we have been struggling big time since about 4 weeks and now at 12 weeks are still working daily on our milk supply to keep it up and his belly full. The other day I hit the store for some oats (as they are a natural booster) to make granola bars but when I got home I realized I grabbed Steel Cut Oats instead of Rolled Oats. The awesome ladies in a pumping group I am in mentioned it working just as well so I hit the web to find an easy option… guess what - its not easy… Steel Cut Oats takes FOREVER on the stove top… and I don't have forever for my breakfast. I found an awesome recipe on A Yummy Day by Monica and made some adjustments to make it even more mama milk friendly… here is my final adjustments to her recipe. OH! And one more thing… Do yourself a HUGE favor, and get the crock pot liners… they're 4 for $1.98 at walmart and you will be SO THANKFUL to not have to scrub this pot afterwards...
- 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces or a little smaller
- 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
- 1-1/2 tablespoons salted butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (or coconut oil + 1 teaspoon of salt)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seed
- 5 tablespoons Brewers Yeast
- Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, cranberries, maple syrup, additional milk or butter
Put liner in the crock-pot. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 6 to 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). I did mine overnight and it was so great having it hot and ready when I woke up.
To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.