Thursday, September 27, 2012

Overnight Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

When fall mornings get a little cool, it’s great to have a warm breakfast waiting for you when you wake up.  Using your crockpot to your advantage makes you less rushed and able to enjoy a nutritious cereal - more than can be said for cold from a box.  Steel cut oats have another advantage - they fill you up.

I’ve made overnight steel cut oats before (link is HERE), but never in a crockpot - and never with fresh apples.  This is a great fall breakfast.  

Steel cut oats have enjoyed a comeback in the past few years, and I can see why.  They are delicious, hearty (you won’t be hungry till noon), and healthy.  The only drawback is they take forever to cook on the stovetop - and who wants to wait half an hour to enjoy a bowl of hot cereal?

This method skips the step of waiting impatiently by the stove, and allows you to wake up the aroma of cinnamon and apples.  It reminds me of a mixture of oatmeal cookie & apple pie, drizzled with milk & sugar.

Depending on how you like yours - you can enjoy it crispy around the edges (yum) - or very moist.  Whatever you do - use cooking spray to make the cleanup as easy as the oatmeal recipe.

How you do that is to put everything right in the slow cooker (for a yummy crispy outer edge) - OR - utilize a type of “double boiler” in the crockpot.  I tried it this way, and cleanup was easy.  Don’t have a double boiler bowl?  any heatproof bowl will work, as long as it fits in your crockpot.

It’s not my nature to make breakfast before I go to bed, but this is worth it.  I’ve enjoyed a small bowl of this all week long - a great start to the day. (Try sprinkling it with cinnamon sugar... my favorite)

For the recipe and both methods of cooking - go to:

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