Recipe Time: Steel Cut Crockpot Oatmeal

I’ve been loving me some oatmeal lately.

The mornings have been so cold that it’s been nice to have a warm breakfast. Sometimes I make my own little oatmeal packets from this recipe here. Sometimes I buy the packaged kind and mix with strawberries and almonds. But then I discovered this wonderful recipe for crockpot, overnight oatmeal that is seriously da bomb. The house smells amazing. The oatmeal tastes amazing. And it’s super easy. It seriously tastes like apple pie. But is good for you! A win-win all around.

Warning: Make sure you spray the crockpot with cooking spray or you will get stuck oatmeal in your crockpot. Not that it happened to me, just sayin, you know, for a friend.

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Slow-Cooker, Overnight Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal
From: The Yummy Life

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 (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon 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 approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). 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.