I pretty much love oatmeal in all forms—from quick microwave bowls to overnight oats, to baked slow cooker oatmeal, to cookies, muffins and even cake. And this lightly sweetened almond date oatmeal slowly cooked in the crock pot is no exception.
Four common ingredients (along with some water) and a few hours cooking time are all that's needed for a big batch of porridge-style oatmeal that reheats well.
I love fresh berries with my oatmeal (blueberries, black berries, strawberries, raspberries, etc.), but if fresh fruit isn't an option, I'll go for a sprinkle of raisins or dried cranberries and maybe even a little shredded coconut.
How Many Calories and WW Points in this Crock Pot Oatmeal?
According to my calculations, each serving has about 160 calories.
How to Make Almond Date Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Step 1: Gather and prepare all ingredients.
Step 2: Add all ingredients to slow cooker
and stir to combine. (And yes, I had to switch to a larger slow cooker since my 2-Quart wasn't quite large enough.) Unfortunately I didn't realize this until I had added all the ingredients. It helps to thoroughly read the recipe before getting started!
Step 3: Cook on LOW 4 to 6 hours, or until done to desired consistency.
Step 4: Serve with additional milk (dairy or non-dairy) and fresh fruit, if desired.
Step 5: Store any leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The chopped dates add a natural sweetness along with additional fiber. To get to ¼ cup, the number of dates needed will vary based on size and type. I really like the Medjool Dates from Costco—they are generally a bit larger and mostly still very moist and chewy.
- Drizzle with a little pure maple syrup, or honey, for a little more sweetness.
- Top with your favorite fresh fruit, or chopped dried fruit.
- Stir in a little milk (dairy or non-dairy) to preferred consistency.
Ways to Use Leftover Oatmeal
Divide leftovers into individual servings, perfect for quick and healthy breakfasts all week long.
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Crock Pot Almond Date Oatmeal
- 2 cups uncooked rolled oats
- ½ cup GrapeNuts cereal
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup dates, pitted and chopped
- 4 cups water
- Ideal slow cooker size: 4-Quart.
- Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.
- Cook on LOW 4-6 hours, or until done to desired consistency.
- Serve with additional milk (dairy or non-dairy) and fresh fruit, if desired.
- Store any leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Recipe source: Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly: Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker by Phyllis Pellman Good
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
If you like this slow cooked oatmeal, you might also like:
- Simple Slow Cooker Baked Oatmeal
- Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal
- Growing Vanilla Latte Oatmeal
- Banana Bread Oatmeal Muffins
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