Let’s face it, people these days are busy. Oftentimes we are too busy to even ensure that we are fueling our bodies with the proper nutrients. And for some of us this means we end up skipping breakfast entirely. As most nutritionists would say, this is a bad habit to get into.
My partner and I certainly fall into this category. Recently, we have been really trying to eat wholesome, healthy meals at regular times. And the hardest part is trying to find a quick and delicious breakfast option. Something that has been working really great for us has been slow cooker steel cut oats. At night, you do all the work (which is minimal) and in the morning you wake up and you have a hot, delicious, healthy breakfast waiting for you. It’s amazing.
We really love Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats done in the slow cooker and we are sure you will too. You can also opt to make a batch of plain steel cut oats and add whatever toppings you desire at a later time. Have fun with this and enjoy.
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats
2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
2 cups milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
2 cups water
1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
1-1/2 tbsp butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp of vanilla
1 tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
1/4 tsp salt
Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter
Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except garnishes) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approximately 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary);
Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired;
Store leftovers in refrigerator or freezer.