These Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats sure make it easier to get up in the morning. The warm and inviting fragrance of apple and cinnamon has filled the house while you were sleeping. And a hot and nourishing breakfast is right there, waiting for you. How awesome is that? If you have to get kids ready for school, you have just eliminated a whole lot of extra stress, too.
Although they are pretty equal as far as nutrition, I prefer the texture of steel cut oats over rolled oats. The downside is that steel cut oats require a much longer cooking time. But, that's what makes them ideal for the slow cooker. They stay a little chewy, even after a long cooking time. And you can make a big batch, put it in the fridge, and reheat it for a few days because they do keep their texture. Rolled oats will turn to mush, and that's just not appealing at all, especially if you aren't into mornings, right?
I sliced up an apple and put in some dried cranberries and cinnamon, but the add in possibilities here are limited only by what's in your pantry. Raisins, pears, nutmeg, and clove are another of my fave combos. The apple will cook right into your oatmeal if added at the beginning, which I love. But we like to have some fresh apple slices, too, for the crunch.
It's great to have a pot of these slow cooker steel cut oats, sitting there, staying warm, if your family members are on different schedules, too. Anyone can dig in whenever they roll out of bed.
It can't get any easier to throw this together before going to bed. Every time I make this, I wonder why I don't do it more often. We like to eat ours with a drizzle of honey and a splash of almond milk.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups water
- 1 apple, cored, seeded, and chopped
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- fresh apples slices
- honey, or maple syrup
- almond milk (or dairy milk, any other nut milk, soy, or rice milk)
- Put oats, water, apple, cranberries, and cinnamon in slow cooker on low setting.
- Cook for about 8 hours (longer is fine)
- Serve hot, with toppings of your choice.
If you put leftover cooked steel cut oatmeal in the fridge, you can reheat again in the slow cooker. Just add some liquid; (I stir in some almond milk). You can also reheat in the microwave, if desired. Calories and other nutrition info are without toppings.
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