I’ve wanted to try cooking oatmeal in a crockpot for a long time now. I’ve read mixed reviews on this recipe. One thing I learned was that if you use regular cooking oats you will end up with a gooey porridge mess. So I made this using steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are basically the oat grain, also called groats.
To make rolled oats, which most are more familiar with, the groats are put through an oat roller. The thinner they are rolled is what determines if your oats are regular cooking, quick cooking or instant. Steel cut oats are the oat groat that has been cut into small size pieces. They take longer to cook than rolled oats. That is why they work well for crockpot oatmeal.
You can find steel cut oats in some grocery stores, health food stores or online.
This was super good and my family really enjoyed it. It seems to be showing up on my breakfast rotation weekly now because it is so easy to make. There's nothing like waking up to a hot breakfast ready to serve.
Now for the recipe….
Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped up
1 cup steel cut oats
1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups water
3T brown sugar, Sucanat or honey
½ t cinnamon
¼ t salt
Grease a 3qt crockpot (I use coconut oil for this). Add all ingredients. Stir. Cover and set on low. Let this cook for 7 to 8 hours. If it cooks longer it just gets a little more crusty around the edges but won’t be a problem otherwise. Enjoy as you would a bowl of oatmeal adding extra milk or sweetener to your desired taste.
This recipe can be doubled and cooked in 6qt crockpot pot.
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