Slow Cooker Banana Chai Steel Cut Oatmeal

slow cooker banana chai steel cut oatmeal | almost getting it together

I originally planned on posting this yesterday (Monday) but um, trying to find an apartment in San Francisco is like trying to find a coconut water in the Cincinnati airport (impossible, because I spent 20 minutes trying to do so about an hour ago). It’s 2014 – EVERYWHERE should have coconut water. Would it kill one shop to have one bottle of coconut water? Every airport is terrible except the Delta terminal at LGA and the Minneapolis airport as a whole. Rant over. Hopefully I have a home when I move next week. Stay tuned.

Other things I am bad at besides finding an apartment, dealing with stress and being an adult involve making my own banana bread. I keep trying to perfect a banana bread recipe but I can’t. It’s because I do dumb stuff like throw in other produce that is about to go bad (so guilty of adding spinach to everything… but it IS delicious in my Banana and Fig Chocolate Chip Muffins). I’ve just had a bananas amount of over-ripe bananas lately… finally I gave up on banana bread and decided to put them in oatmeal. I’m so glad I did.

This is a perfect added sugar free oatmeal base to add lots of toppings in, especially since it is so low calorie. Add lots of nut butter (Nuttzo is really great in this oatmeal), more fruit and my favorite… yogurt! I think I eat more Greek yogurt than the entire country of Greece combined. Oh by the way, this is gluten free, vegan and added sugar free so unless you’re crazy and don’t eat oatmeal, this recipe is for everyone!

I also realized this luckily fits into the Recipe Redux theme for the month… spooky spices. I don’t even know why I have ground clove but I do. I always see chai recipes but never have chai tea (which is a lie, I just don’t know how to cook with tea) so I looked at the chai tea box and mixed together all the spices that were in it. Win.

Slow Cooker Banana Chai Steel Cut Oatmeal | almost getting it together

Slow Cooker Banana Chai Steel Cut Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Banana Chai Steel Cut Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
Oatmeal
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup steel cut oatmeal
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp chai mix (see below)
  • ⅛ tsp Pink Himalyan Sea Salt
Chai Mix
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ginger
  • 2 tsp ground clove
  • 2 tsp cardamom
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir well.
  2. Turn slow cooker on low and cook 6-7 hours until all water is absorbed.
  3. Serve immediately or store leftovers in refrigerator and reheat as needed.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup cooked Calories: 104 Fat: 1.1g Carbohydrates: 21.8 g Sugar: 5.8 g Fiber: 3.0 g Protein: 2.6 g

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41 comments on “Slow Cooker Banana Chai Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on October 21, 2014 7:21 am

I like to freeze over ripe bananas but if I’m feeling baky-then they go into something like that. I loveeeee chai in baking and I used to brew chai tea as my base for oats.
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:45 am

That’s such a good idea, I should try that… maybe you could do a recipe for the blog!?

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Erin @ The Almond Eater on October 21, 2014 7:26 am

Sorry you couldn’t find coconut water…. THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. I’ve only ever been to the MN airport once, but it was amazing. Why can’t every airport be like that?

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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:45 am

My goal is to only fly through MN coming back and forth from SF haha.

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Linda @ Fit Fed and Happy on October 21, 2014 8:07 am

Oooh…I can only imagine how good slow cooked sweets are..you got me thinking!
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:35 am

Definitely try them! So simple and nourishing.

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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on October 21, 2014 10:21 am

Yum, love the idea of ‘melting’ the banana into oats in the slow cooker! I can’t believe you couldn’t find coconut water, or an apartment. I have my fingers crossed for you that the perfect apartment opens up and that it is filled with coconut water and perfect banana bread.
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:35 am

UM, I love you. I think the apartment needs to be filled with banana bread baked by YOU!

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GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSloth on October 21, 2014 11:00 am

I always have ground clove! Okay, so really I bought it last year to make pumpkin pie spice and I don’t use it for anything else, so it’s still in the cupboard haha
Long story short, I can make this #win
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:36 am

Let me know if you do!!

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Marybeth on October 21, 2014 11:25 am

I pinned this recipe for later! I am obsessed with my slow cooker right now. But I have to say the Chai part is what caught my eye! Yum. Thanks for sharing!
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:36 am

I hope you like it, let me know what you think!

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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on October 21, 2014 11:45 am

Making steel-cut oats is next on my to-do list!
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:36 am

And making your pumpkin cornbread mug cake is next on mine! :)

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Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on October 21, 2014 12:59 pm

These sounds deeelicious and I LOVE that they are vegan!! :)

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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:43 am

Yes, I want to try and do vegan before 6PM (heyyy Mark Bittman) and this would be a great way to start!

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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on October 21, 2014 1:17 pm

I honestly can’t even really remember the last time I had overly ripe bananas — I go through them too fast! That and I toss a bunch in the freezer to keep up with my smoothie addiction. But on the off chance that I do have some spotty ones, they go straight into banana bread.
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Emily @ Sweets and Beets on October 21, 2014 2:20 pm

Agreed! I always go through them like crazy, buuut it is kind of exciting when you notice they’re overripe — it always means baked goods! ;)
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:31 am

Yes, I wish mine were over-ripe now!

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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:44 am

I already had a freezer full of bananas! WHO AM I? I need to get it together!

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LydiaF on October 21, 2014 1:24 pm

If coca-cola had a brand of coconut water, you’d be able to find it. Your oatmeal sounds seriously good, love the banana garnish, too :)
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:44 am

So… sadly, Zico was purchased by Coco-Cola (I love their chocolate coconut water but prefer something raw if I’m going to drink plain).

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Emily @ Sweets and Beets on October 21, 2014 2:19 pm

Ooh, nice :) Oatmeal’s my go-to, but I’ve never done slow cooker oatmeal. I do love the idea of it being ready in the morning! ;)
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:44 am

Definitely, and it reheats really well too!

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Jordan @ The Balanced Blonde on October 21, 2014 7:06 pm

Ooohhh you had me at banana. And then chai. And then steel cut oats. Basically these are three of my top 5 favorite foods on earth rolled into one (no joke). PS… “fill in the blank” “is like trying to find a coconut water in the Cincinnati airport” is my new phrase for anything that’s damn near impossible. Keep me posted on SF apartment hunts! Still so excited for yooouuu!
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:32 am

Uhhh yes, the inability to find coconut water places is INSANE. Thank god I’m moving to a real place. AND I GOT AN APARTMENT! IN THE MARINA! So like you have to come visit and go out with me ASAP please!

Also totally drolling over all of your oatmeal recipes in the app!

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Farrah on October 21, 2014 8:44 pm

Finding housing in SF is definitely a struggle. D: I wish you the best of luck on that!

I still need to get on trying to make oatmeal in my crockpot! :] This looks super good!
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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:33 am

Thank you… it was super stressful but I’m getting a lease sent over today (whoop!)

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fatima on October 21, 2014 9:28 pm

I have been trying to get into steel cut oatmeal. My father in law hates it! I haven’t tried it but including one of my fav fruits (bananas) may help!

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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:33 am

I think cooking in the slow cooker helps soften it up too, so definitely try!

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Shashi @ runninsrilankan on October 22, 2014 10:15 am

Cassandra – you have inspired me to make oatmeal in my slow cooker for the first time ever! Thanks for this spice packed recipe! And good luck with your apartment hunt!

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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:29 am

Let me know what you think if you try it!!

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Arman @ thebigmansworld on October 23, 2014 4:22 am

The slow cooker and oatmeal i trending sahh hot right now. This sounds pretty epic.
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Cassie on October 23, 2014 9:20 am

I know, I’m just capitalizing on what’s hot right now. You caught me.

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Nikki @ The Kids Menu on October 23, 2014 7:06 am

oh this sounds delicious! I will definitely be given this a try

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Cassie on October 23, 2014 8:53 am

Please let me know what you think if you do!

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Katie @ 24 Carrot Life on October 23, 2014 10:29 pm

Yes! Another excuse to use my chai spices and slow cooker. Can’t wait.

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Cassie on October 24, 2014 9:13 am

I hope you enjoy, let me know what you think!

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Kelly Cote on November 6, 2014 10:32 am

Thanks for sharing this recipe! Coming over from Tortured Toes and Blog Love to tweet this :) #BLTribeDare 11.6.14 Have a great week.
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Cassie on November 8, 2014 6:09 pm

Thanks, girlie! Headed to your blog now :)

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