My son loves to have oatmeal in the morning, but the amount of work involved often makes me feel like I’m starting the day behind schedule. But when I add my slow cooker to the equation, suddenly a whole world of oatmeal possibilities beckons.

Slow cooker oatmeal uses the longer-cooking steel-cut variety, which adds more body and a nuttier flavor to this heart-healthy breakfast. I keep it simple with classic warming spices like cinnamon, allspice, and cardamom, then round it out with golden raisins that melt into the final dish, giving it a sweetness without any additional sugar.

Best of all—you can dump everything into your slow cooker the night before and not stir it again until morning. Breakfast has never been easier.

When you’re ready to eat, throw in fruits, nuts, or any other sweeteners to add even more flavor and make this recipe your own.

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