Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

11 Jan

A new year brings on plenty of resolutions. This year I decided that instead of failing at new resolutions, I vowed to focus on maintaining the good habits I kept in 2012 (working out, eating well, letting myself sleep after work). And yes…I did keep the resolutions I always fail at such as cussing less and to stop biting my nails, but let’s face it…I’ve had these resolutions since I was 8 (nails) and my late teens (damn cursing). Those resolutions are inevitably too difficult, so I will just be proud of one good habit: eating well.

Ok. Focus, Meghan (which should be a resolution, but would land on the impossible resolution list). Anyway, I love oats. Love, love, love ’em. I once made a fancy posting about my Toatally Eggscellent Oats, which had held me off until now. Now I have another fancy oats recipe! I found this little gem from “The Yummy Life” (click on the picture above for the link)  and have customized it since then. I have made this recipe 4 times now (one batch is cooking right now) for 3 different people and we have yet to be disappointed.

Behold: Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Ingredients.

  • Non-stick spray (oatmeal will stick otherwise!)
  • 2 apples (or pears): peeled (I leave skins on. Fiber, baby!), cored, cut into 1/2″ pieces [approximately 2.5-3 cups chopped]
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk (soy or almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats (old-fashion oats)
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
  • Optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (I used canola oil twice and nothing the other 2 times. I don’t believe oil of any sorts is necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I never use this, but go ahead!)
  • Optional: Chopped nuts (I’ve used pecans, walnuts, and pistachios in my recipes so far. Pecans have been my favorite.)
  • Optional garnishes: raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter. I’ve stirred in blueberries and vanilla. Mmmm…

Directions.

  1. Coat inside of 3 1/2 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approximately 3-7 hours (times may vary. My slow cooker took 3-4 hrs).
  3. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add additional toppings, if desired.

You may store in the refrigerator or the freezer. Excellent! To reheat single servings: 1 cup oatmeal, add 1/3 cup water/milk. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another minute, if needed.

There you have it, friends! Enjoy your new oatmeal recipe!

And here’s a printable version (with my babbling, of course) Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Middlest

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