Budget Smart Cook

Slow Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Oats

 

It’s apple season, it’s also starting to get chilly too. Two good reasons to make some oatmeal. Not the kind you have to stand and stir on busy mornings. And definitely not the waste of money, prepackaged oatmeal. This type of oatmeal cooks overnight and is ready when you get up in the morning. (Added bonus is your kitchen smells wonderful too).

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours
Serves: 4-6

Important Tips:

 Do not substitute any other type of oats for this recipe. Cooking times are based on using steel cut oats only.

Either line or use non-stick cooking spray before preparing this recipe. If you skip this step, the oats will stick to the sides and will be very difficult to remove.

Ingredients:

1 c. steel cut oats

3 c. water

1 c. fresh apple cider

2 medium apples, cored and diced

1½ T. honey (even try maple syrup or agave nectar)

1 t. ground cinnamon

½ t. ground nutmeg

½ t. ground allspice
½ t. salt, to taste

To serve:
1 medium apple, cored and diced

½ c. pecans, chopped

 

Directions:

 

  1. Add oats, water, cider, apples, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt to greased or lined slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Actual cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker, so check for doneness after 5 hours and adjust cooking time accordingly.
  3. To serve, allow to cool slightly before spooning into bowls and topping with fresh chopped apples, pecans, if desired.

 

 

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