Cook oatmeal the night before to save time the next morning.
You can simmer this cereal first thing in the morning or for convenience leave it to cook all night in a slow cooker while you sleep so you can wake up to piping hot porridge. Instructions (stove top): 1. Combine oats and water in 2-quart saucepan. Bring to boil over medium/high heat, without stirring. If using an electric stove, turn burner to low, cover and stir every couple of minutes until gently bubbling, so the oats don't stick. Simmer for 30 minutes, then remove from heat. 2. Allow cereal to stand, covered, for at least 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in protein powder, vanilla, cinnamon and almond butter with a large spoon to dissolve all lumps. If too stiff, stir in warm water a tablespoon at a time. Taste. Stir in stevia if a sweeter taste is desired. Divide between 4 serving bowls. Top with berries and nuts and serve. Instructions (overnight crock pot): 1. Before going to bed, combine steel cut oats, and water in 3 1/2 quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 7 to 8 hours. 2. In the morning, turn off heat. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes (steam will condense and lift stuck cereal off bottom of the cooker, making it easier to clean up). 3. Add protein powder, vanilla, cinnamon and almond butter. Stir with a large wooden spoon to dissolve all lumps. If too stiff, stir in warm water a tablespoon at a time. Taste and add stevia as/if needed. Stir well then divide between 4 serving bowls. Top with berries and nuts and serve.