Crockpot Oatmeal

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For a hot, healthy morning breakfast that takes hardly any effort at all, we often eat Crockpot Oatmeal. It’s really great for diabetes because it is low glycemic, has great fiber, and keeps you feeling really satisfied through the morning. Plus, eating breakfast everyday lowers bad cholesterol.

One cup Steel-cut oats (or Irish oats). These are not like old fashioned or rolled oats.
4 cups water
1/2 cup half & half cream/milk
1 cup dried fruit. Sometimes I use chopped dried apricots or raisins and dried cranberries
A shake or two of cinnamon

Spray your crockpot with Pam or other spray cooking oil. Add ingredients. Turn on “low” overnight, or for eight hours.

In the morning, give it a good stir and serve. It’s really good with yoghurt and Splenda. Serves 4 hearty portions. I refrigerate some and nuke it in the microwave for breakfast the next day.

Oatmeal even the rough steel cut form raises my blood sugar just as high as a bagel or piece of cake!

The “low glycemic” thing only works if you have an efficient 2nd phase insulin response that can mop up slow carbs, or if you are injecting insulin which simulates 2nd phase.

Eating carbs raises triglycerides and cholesterol, so any lowering benefits that normal people get from oat bran aren’t likely to affect people with diabetes.

It’s worth noting that early on after diagnosis I could eat oatmeal, but a few years later, no way.

I think the important thing to remember with diabetes is YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary). Diabetges can be very individual, depending on severity of insulin resistance, amount of insulin a body is producing, etc. You may not be able to tolerate the carb load, however many diabetics can.

This is my grandmother’s favorite breakfast. She uses dried blueberries & strawberries with slices of fresh banana as well, though apricots, raisins, & cinnamon are more her daily fare. Adding a small pinch of salt and/or a drop of vanilla extract to each bowl enhances all the flavors, too.

Good call on the salt & vanilla - I’ll should have thought to add that!