As I have been saying to a dear friend of mine (Hi Shannon!), way too many crockpot hot cereal recipes are mushy by morning. I can remember one particular recipe we used for oatmeal that included raisins put in the night before. By morning, the oats were mush, the ‘raisins’ truly became the re-hydrated grapes that they were and, as a result, I now have one child who is completely turned off raisins in food.
Onto the recipe. I don’t know the source for this as it was passed onto me by a dear friend. It is a wonderful cereal with excellent consistency, not pasty like many others I have tried. This makes a lot, so of course, feel free to cut back if you don’t have a whole bunch of kids!
Combine in crockpot:
10 cups water
1 cup steel cut oats
1 cup wheat berries
1 cup barley
A pinch of salt, if desired
Turn on low overnight.
Serve with this dried fruit compote. It is absolutely excellent and really makes the cereal heavenly. You can prepare it ahead of time and keep it in the fridge until morning when you should gently reheat it. You will not need any added sweetening if you use it.
Dried Fruit Compote:
4 cups water
3 cups mixed dried fruit (such as prunes, dates, apricots)
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2-3 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
1/2 cup whole almonds
Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve warm or hot over cereal.