Waking up each morning to hungry children can sometimes put a damper on my ♫Oh what a beautiful morning!♫ mood. I've learned that preparing ahead by menu planning and utilizing tools like my slow cooker, we can all better enjoy our weekday mornings. I am so very excited to share this week's recipe Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal because it has been such a huge hit with our family! It is easy to prepare, cooks overnight, is ready in the morning when we get up, and the clean up is a breeze!
Before we delve into the recipe, I want to share the method. For this recipe I used my 7-qt oval slow cooker and a 1 1/2-qt oval baking dish. I basically steamed the oatmeal overnight and was left with considerably less clean-up than had I cooked the oatmeal directly in the crock of the slow cooker. If you do plan to cook the oatmeal directly in the slow cooker, be sure to oil the inside of the crock well. This method will just require a bit more cleaning afterward, otherwise, taste-wise the results are the same!
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal
- 1 c. Gluten free steel cut oats
- 1/4 c. Pure maple syrup
- 1/4 t. Real salt
- 1 T. Ground cinnamon
- 2 Small apples, cored and diced (I leave the peels on. I have used Gala and Johnathon apples.)
- 3 c. Water
I turned mine on at 10:40pm and switched it over to the warm option as soon as I got up the next morning (just turn it off and leave the lid on if your cooker doesn't have this option). When I was ready to serve breakfast, I used one oven mitt and my bare hand to remove the baking dish from the slow cooker. I don't recommend this method as it was pretty warm to the touch! As an alternative to trying to remove the baking dish while it is so full, perhaps try ladeling some of the oatmeal out and then remove the dish. As the baking dish was quite full, I poured the oatmeal into a serving bowl and then mixed it well. I did not add any other ingredients before serving. However, you may wish to add cream or almond milk or more sweetener. We really enjoyed it as-is!
I hope you'll give this creamy oatmeal a try!
♥ShariMore breakfast recipes:
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