Thursday, February 7, 2013

Overnight, Crock Pot, 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 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter
  1. Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray or butter. 
  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. 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 without optional garnishes): 149 calories, 3.6g fat, 27.3g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 4.9g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4 pts

I increased the butter to 2 T and went ahead and used the butter to coat the dish and the remainder cut up in the recipe. I topped with a few walnuts, raisins, and poured some non-fat milk over the top.  The sides of the crockpot get a bit crusty (you can see in the pic) with the oats after the long cook time, but honestly, that was probably my favorite part.  I just mixed the little chunks in with the rest.  It definitely wasn't too sweet and although it smelled like a dessert, tasted like a breakfast.  Although it has an extended cook time, the hands on time is nearly nothing. I made this when we had company over and served with a little "toppings" bar.  It was a huge hit! Will repeat FOR SURE! 

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