Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Slow Cooker Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Greg leaves for work at 5am most mornings and with this cold weather, I wanted to have something nice and warm for him to eat before he leaves (but without having to get up and make a breakfast! LOL!)  I happened to see this recipe and it is a definite keeper!  I intend to experiment with a variety of ingredients such as toasted almonds and dried wild blueberries, or dried cherries and walnuts!!! The chewiness of the steel cut oats, along with the sweetness of the apples and the delicious aroma of cinnamon will undoubtedly make it a favourite in your home!

2 apples peeled, cored and cut into 1/2" pieces
1 1/2 cups of non-fat milk (I use vanilla almond milk as we are dairy-free)
1 1/2 cups of water
1 cup steel cut oats
2 tbsp brown or coconut sugar
1 1/2 tbsp of butter cut into pieces (optional)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp ground chia or flax seed
1/4 tsp salt
  • Coat the inside of the 3 1/2 quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray or oil (trust me - this saves a TON of cleaning!!)  Add all ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Place the lid on the slow cooker and turn it to low for 7 hours (overnight)  Resist the urge to lift the lid of the slow cooker as this adds an additional 30 minutes of cooking time to the recipe...trust me, the aroma will escape no matter what!
  • Serve topped with nuts, raisins or maple syrup and ENJOY!!!        


  1. I am trying this tonight with dried blueberries, chopped crystallized ginger and maybe almonds...Can't wait!

  2. It is delicious with crystallized ginger!!! I just grab handfuls of dried fruits now and throw them in - we make this almost every morning!!! Let me know what you thought of it.