I bet you didn't know today was reserved just for oatmeal, did you? I sure didn't. But with cool fall weather here, and wanting to eat warm things more often, the timing seems about right.
In honor of the holiday, I thought I'd share a slow cooker recipe I found a few years ago that's both healthy and delicious. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
- 2 apples, cored and diced into 1/2 or smaller pieces (or go for more - it's healthy anyway!!)
- 1 and 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 and 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or similar sweetener, maple syrup for example)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Chia seeds, to taste (optional, ground flax seeds are also a nice addition)
- Optional additions - raisins, walnuts, etc.
1. Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart or larger slow cooker with a non-stick substance (butter, coconut oil, non-stick spray, etc). **FYI - I own a larger, oval crock pot, so I made a double of the above which filled my crock quite well. I also mixed half regular oats and half steel cut to make for a more "traditional" looking oatmeal.
2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approximately 7 hours. Longer for a double batch. Make sure you check the oats visually after 5-6 hours of cooking - slow cooker times can vary.
3. When oats are done cooking, spoon oatmeal into bowls, add extra toppings if desired (extra raisins, nuts, more apples, etc), and enjoy.
4. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Also freezes well. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup almond milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
Approximate Nutritional Info (per 3/4 cup serving): 149 calories, 3.6g fat, 27.3g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 4.9g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4 pts