Monday, December 31, 2012

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel cut Oatmeal

I have always wanted to try oatmeal in the crockpot. After reading all 405 reviews on the original post, I decided to try it. I am SOOOOOO glad I did. I doubled the recipe and used my crockpot that has a timed setting. I cooked it for 7 hours--think since I doubled it, 8 would have been better--so it stayed one warm until I got up. I put it on at 10:30pm. We all really liked it. I want to try it again with craisins and almonds and then again with peaches. I used a crockpot liner after reading that it does stick! Make sure to use steel cut oats since regular will turn out mushy.Update:  Made this a 2nd time on 1/1/13.  I doubled the recipe and added 1 c craisins and 1 c sliced almonds along with the apples.  EXCELLENT!

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
1-1/2 cups fat-free 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 (Beth did NOT use)
1/4 teaspoon 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 optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free 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.

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

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