With the cold winter days here it is always nice to start the morning off with a warm, healthy and hearty breakfast and it is even better if that breakfast is fully cooked and waiting for you when you get up! If you are a fan of oatmeal and if you have a slow cooker this is it is super easy to do where all you need to do is place all of the ingredients for your oatmeal into the slow cooker before going to bed at night. A bowl of oatmeal certainly does not need to be boring and since it is easy to add flavours you can keep things interesting and have a different bowl of oatmeal for breakfast every morning. I have done a lot of experimenting with different flavours of oatmeal and one of my favourites has to be this oatmeal themed after apple pie; and who doesn't want a warm bowl of apple pie for breakfast? At its base, this apple pie oatmeal consists of the steel cut oats, apples, brown sugar and cinnamon and from there you can add what you like. I enjoy the addition of raisins and walnuts and of course a spoonful of caramel sauce works perfectly to sweeten things up a bit!
Tip: Place everything in your slow cooker before you go to bed at night and set it to cook for 4 hours. After it is done cooking, it will go into keep warm mode and keep your oatmeal perfectly cooked until you wake up in the morning.
Tip: If your slow cooker cannot be programmed you can place the ingredients in a bowl that will fit in your slow cooker and fill your slow cooker with water until it goes half way up the bowl. This way you can cook it all night without the oatmeal burning on the sides.
What a great way to start the day!
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
All of the flavours of apple pie in an over night slow cooker steal cut oatmeal for breakfast!
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 2 cups water or apple juice or apple cider
- 2 cups milk (or 2 more cups water)
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 dash nutmeg, grated
- 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)
- Place the steel cut oats, water, milk, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and raisins in a slow cooker and set it to cook on low for 4 hours.
- Mix the oatmeal up, optionally adding milk to bring it to the desired consistency and sweetener to bring it to the desired sweetness and serve topped with any desired toppings.
Option: Top with caramel sauce for a special treat!
Note: This works best overnight if you have a slow cooker that either has a timer for a delayed start or one that has a timer to switch from low to keep warm mode after the 4 hours. If you do not have these features on your slow cooker you can place the ingredients in a bowl that will fit in the slow cooker and place couple of inches of water around it so that it sits in a water bath in the slow cooker and then cook on low overnight.