Recipe Review: Overnight, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

I’ve been eyeing a cinnamon apple slow-cooker concoction for a while now, and I finally settled on trying The Yummy Life’s Overnight, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal (say that 5x fast). My husband declined to eat it (too many carbs and oats are a grain), but being pregnant and carbing it up, I said “bring it on!”

Here is her recipe:

Ingredients
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter
Directions

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 7 hours. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

I picked up some of the tastiest apples recently and thankfully I bought a whole bag! I had to use 3 apples to equal 2 cups and I wish I would have used more! I love apple cinnamon and not a big fan of oatmeal, so I probably would enjoy it even more if it was cinnamon apples with oatmeal and not cinnamon apple oatmeal (I want a little oatmeal with my apples, not a little apple with my oatmeal). I also used whole-fat milk because low-fat milk doesn’t exist in our house.

I didn’t add any flax seed, but I did add some vanilla granola just on the top while it was still cooking to add some more texture and vanilla in the mix because I love vanilla. I let mine cook for 6, not 7 hours.  I also added half the water because I like my oatmeal really thick.  I also didn’t add the salt, but that was because I forgot, not because I am anti-salt. I added a lot of cinnamon, not sure how much.

Leftovers, heated up with some milk

It was so nice to get up in the morning and not have to walk back and forth in the kitchen, opening and closing the fridge for 30 minutes while I decide what to eat for breakfast (bad, I know).  I now have leftovers that will last me all week and the only real work involved in making the dish was prepping the apples.

Until I go back to low-carb eating, I am sure I will make this again!

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