Thursday, February 7, 2013

Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  But if you're like most people... you find yourself running out the door in the mornings, having barely enough time to grab your coffee and whatever 'breakfast item' you have on-hand.

For those of us who don't have enough time to prepare a hearty and healthy breakfast every morning, this Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is a great option because it cooks while you sleep... or you can make a big batch on a Sunday and eat all week!!  Just turn on the slow-cooker or crock pot before you go to bed, add the ingredients, and you will wake up to a warm, nutritious breakfast (and a house that smells divine)!



Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
recipe and image from fabulousfoodblog.com

Place 2 sliced apples, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp cinnamon in the bottom of the slow-cooker or crock pot. Pour 2 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of water on top.  Do NOT stir.

Cook overnight for 8 - 9 hours on low.

I found you only need to cook on low for 4 - 5 hours.









Here are the ways I changed this recipe:

  • I reduced the amount of brown sugar and added honey in it's place.
  • I stirred in about 1 cup of applesauce and 1/2 cup raisins to the oatmeal at the end of cooking process.
  • The slow-cooker/crockpot dish needs to be sprayed with non-stick spray before.  I had A LOT of crusty oatmeal stick like glue to the sides of slow-cooker dish.... so much, that the dish is still soaking in the sink.  
  • Don't be fooled by the beautiful oatmeal picture above, this oatmeal turns out more like brown mush.  DELICIOUS brown mush, but mush all the same.
  • I only cooked the oatmeal for 4.5 hours on low and it still turned out perfect... you don't necessarily have to cook it for 8-9 hours.


I have made this Slow-Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal twice now and it tastes fantastic. I will definitely make this recipe again... there are so many variations I would like to try.  A warm healthy, hearty breakfast can now be a reality.  It keeps you full for hours too!

ENJOY!

Xo,
Janel




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