Slow Cooker-Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

Author: https://www.theyummylife.com/Slow_Cooker_Apple_Cinnamon_Oatmeal

Make this the night before and wake up to the wonderful aroma of this nutritious, delicious, ready-to-eat breakfast. The oats, flax seed, apples, and cinnamon make this a healthy power house that will help you beat the hungries all morning.

Ingredients:

2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)

1-1/2 cups milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)

1-1/2 cups water

1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats

2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)

1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1/4 teaspoon salt

Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

Directions:

1. Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray.

2. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker.

3. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).

4. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired.

5. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

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