Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

This was SO easy and SO good!  I  knew it was only going to be a high of 17 degrees here today and I immediately thought of oatmeal!  It's one of my comfort foods!  It just seems to instantly warm you from the inside out.  It really tasted just like the mixed apple cinnamon oatmeal packets I remember as a kid!  The biggest difference was the nice, real chunks of apples!  So tasty!

Because I thought of doing this at the last minute, I could only use what I had in the house.  I had apples, steel cut oats and vanilla almond milk.  So, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal it was!

I did not have to add ANY sugar to this oatmeal.  How wonderful is that?!  Almond milk has 50% more calcium than regular milk and is lactose and dairy-free.  I use it in my cereal, in recipes and just by the glass.  It's delicious!

If you choose to use dairy milk, you may want to add a bit of sweetener of your choice.  You can do it by the bowl full so you can really control it.

I hope your family enjoys this oatmeal as much as mine did!

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients: 
(Serves 2-3 people)
1/2 cup steel cut oats
2 cups Vanilla Almond Milk
1 small apple, diced
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:
Place your steel cut oats and almond milk into your crock.
Add the apples and cinnamon and give it a stir.

Cook on LOW for 7-9 hours.
Stir, Serve and Enjoy!


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19 comments:

  1. OH!!! I just CAN'T wait to try this!!! I made pumpkin oatmeal several times with my steel cut oats, but got a little burned out on it, so, been looking / waiting for one of my cROCK ladies to post a different version!! Thanks so much!! Will make this tomorrow night since we still have a bit of French Toast Casserole from the weekend left for tomorrow!

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  2. how many servings does this make?

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  3. Steel cut oat? Is it better then old fashioned?

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  4. Yummy Michele!

    This makes about 2-3 servings

    Steel Cut Oats hold up in the slow cooker and Old Fashioned do not.

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  5. hi! I have been a long time reader of your blog. :) I have a 21 day slow cooker challenge on my blog. :) Let me know if you would like to link up! :) Erin

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  6. I mixed this up last night and had it cook over night. Woke up to it and it was sooo good! My husband and I loved it! One question though, the oatmeal got black and stuck on the ed of the crock pot. Is there a way to avoid this? Or is it just because I didn't stir it as it was cooking? Thanks for the recipes. We love your blog!

    Joanne

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  7. Erin, Thank you, I will do that!

    Joey and Joanne, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Every crock cooks differently. Most have hot spots, etc. I sometimes get burned spots on some of my dishes, but did not at all with this oatmeal. Maybe try cooking it a little less next time knowing your crock cooks at a higher temp?
    Glad you love the blog! :)

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  8. How much sugar is recommended if you use regular white milk? Thanks!

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  9. Kate,

    It depends how sweet you like it really. Brown sugar is always my choice, so I would say maybe 1 Tbsp per bowl?!

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  10. Too sweet for me. But love the idea. Next time going to use regular milk and different kinds of fruit maybe. Peaches sound amazing in that.

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  11. I made this w/ 1 c of Vanilla Almond milk, 1/4 c steel cut oats & cinnamon. I then used the "little dipper" crock that came with my large 6 qt crock pot. I sprayed the crock with pam before adding the ingredients. I added the chopped apple in the morning! It was absolutely wonderful! I have tried other steel cut oat recipes in there but they burned. :( I am so happy that this works! I now just have to remember to make it before I go to bed. I have had to have old fashioned oatmeal from the microwave because I forgot to start it. lol I'll learn. :) Thank you so much for posting this!!!

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  12. Thanks for the recipe! Loveley to wake up to a hot breakfast.
    I used regular milk and added 1/2 c brown sugar.
    Definitely a keeper.

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  13. Ok maybe I'm a little weird, but I don't feel comfortable leaving my crock pot on at night when we are sleeping (my husband thinks I'm crazy, maybe I am lol) Anyway...have you ever tried this reheated? I would love to make a big batch of oatmeal during the day sometime, and then heat it up the next day for the kids and I for breakfast? Just wondering if you had tried it and if it was any good as leftovers :)

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    1. Sorry I'm just seeing this Diane! I'm not sure how it would be reheated. I've never tried!

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  14. Im making it tonight. do you think some finely chopped walnuts would be good in it?

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    1. Thanks! should i toast them or do anything to them first? im not a big cooker.. lol just sounded good!

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    2. I don't think toasting is necessary. You could either cook with them in or just put them in when you serve!

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