• 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 whatever milk you have)
  • 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
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

I have been hearing about crock pot oatmeal for the longest time… So why did it take me so long to try?  I cannot tell you how nice it was to wake up to a hot and ready breakfast in the morning!  It smelled great and it made me look forward to waking up!  This apple cinnamon version is awesome.  You can add in your favorite mix-ins, too!

Just prep before bed and voila in the a.m.!  Now I do have to say, crock pot cooking times vary, so you may want to peek at it the first time you make it.  I turned mine on low at midnight after my late night grocery shopping trip.  Yes, I often shop at night after the girls go to sleep to avoid having to take them… I take forever!  I checked it at 6 am and it looked perfect, just a brown crunchy ring around the edges, but I thought I’d let it go a bit longer and at 7 am the edges were a bit burnt.  The rest of it was great, though!  I mixed in a few raisins for my little one and she loved it!  Oh and don’t forget the non stick cooking spray!

Directions:

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.

Source: The Yummy Life