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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

I woke up this morning to a hot breakfast, courtesy of my slow cooker. I love a good oatmeal, and especially like baked versions, but I wanted to try steel cut oats in the slow cooker this time. Steel cut oats are healthier than traditional oats because they have not been processed as much. I like this recipe because it only takes about 10 minutes of prep work before heading to bed for the night. Otherwise, steel cut oats take 30 or so minutes to prepare in the morning. The apples and cinnamon actually make this feel like a fall breakfast, so I will definitely  need to try this again in the cooler months. And I might even add in some pumpkin. I enjoyed this breakfast, although it's not as sweet as I'm used to when it comes to oatmeal. Of course, I don't want to eat straight up sugar for breakfast either so I did not add any additional sugar to my bowl, but you are welcome to if you find it's not sweet enough for you.

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Overnight Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
Adapted from The Yummy Life


2 apples, peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups non-fat milk
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
Optional garnishes - chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter


1. Spray the inside of a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add in all ingredients except the optional garnishes, stir well, then cover and cook on low for 7 hours. Be sure not to go too long over 7 hours or the oatmeal will start to burn slightly and stick to the slow cooker!

2. Spoon into bowls. Serve with optional garnishes as desired. Enjoy!Pin It

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