Overnight Crockpot Cereal

Hello Tired People Who Are Too Exhausted to Wake Up and Cook Breakfast! I am here to save you. I have found, and slightly modified, this lovely recipe for overnight crockpot cereal. Throw the ingredients into your slow cooker the night before, and wake up to an incredible-smelling, indubitably delicious, wildly comforting breakfast. Cereal with fruits, nuts, cinnamon, and vanilla.

I know, I know. You're skeptical. I don't blame you. Who wants to eat a pot of brown sludge reminiscent of wall-paper paste for breakfast? No one. And that's why I'm not giving you a recipe for that. I'm giving you a recipe for this. And it is delicious. It reheats in the microwave fabulously. My kids love it and that is saying something. They'll happily eat it all week when I make a giant batch. So easy. So good.

And now you are the best parent in the world, because you have attended to the most important meal of the day. Here she blows:


1 cup EACH: cracked wheat, rolled oats, cream of rice (If you don't believe in gluten, this recipe is perfect for you, because it takes pretty much any substitution. So go to town. Try barley, brown rice, corn meal, rolled spelt, or quinoa. Unless you don't know that quinoa is pronounced "keen-wah" and not "kwinn-oh-uh". If you don't know that you don't get to cook with it.)

10 cups water

1 banana, sliced (This really is enough. And it kind of disappears into the cereal.)

1 apple, cored and diced (This is enough too. But I added more this time.) (you can peel it, or not)

1 handful dried cranberries

1 handful pecans, broken (I add more than a handful because I am in love with pecans and want to marry them.)

1 Tbsp. butter

Brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla to taste (Just eyeball it. You can do it. I know you can.)

1 1/2 tsp. salt



-Place all ingredients in crockpot before bedtime. Cook on low all night. Don't stand over it watching. Or stirring. Just go to bed. It knows how to cook itself without you. Promise.

-In the morning, serve in a bowl with milk. Not ALL of it. That would require a bowl the size of your kitchen. Just spoon out what you want and chow down. Refrigerate leftovers. Reheat in microwave. Reheats very well. For days.

Photographic Evidence:
Throwing the cracked wheat into the crockpot.
Followed by the rolled oats.
And then the blurry cream-of-rice. This is really a nice addition. Even if it is blurry. 
Sliced bananernaners. But only one. You can add more if you want. But I don't like them to get all cocky and take over, so I just add one.
Sliced apples. I'm okay with these getting cocky. I added a little more than one this time. Mostly because the first one had been dropped on the floor by my littlest dude who was trying to juggle, and it had a fat bruise. So I cut that out, added the rest, saw that it wasn't enough, and threw in another. Hopefully it works.
Stunningly delicious pecans and dried cranberries. You could use any fruit and nut. Just make sure they're not someone you know. (Hahahaha! Well. I got it.)
That which makes this cereal special: brown sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. These are the manna of cooking. If I could do it over again I would name my kids Brownsugar, Cinnamon, and Vanilla. Also Quinoa. Because I have four kids.
Water added, and slow cooker getting plugged in.
Lid on. Kids tucked in and kissed on the cheek. Lunches packed for tomorrow. Clothes gotten out and set neatly next to the shower. Husband snuggled with. Crockpot turned on low and left until morning.
TA-DAAAAAA! It's morning. Look at that! Such a lovely thing. I'm going to go get some now. I hope you do too, and that it warms your soul.
Cheers Dears!
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4 Responses to Overnight Crockpot Cereal

  1. Pingback: Twitchy Eyelashes? Eat Crockpot Cereal | Janiel Miller

  2. jill says:

    this looks great – thanks ! !

  3. Jo says:

    Love your writing so much I had to read excerpts out to my hubbie!

    • Janiel says:

      Thank you, Jo! How kind of you to say so. That makes me happy. 🙂 And if you tried the recipe, I do hope it was edible. 

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