I originally published this recipe a couple of years ago. I had to repost it for all of you because it is so popular. And SO good. It is the perfect breakfast for these chilly winter mornings!
When I started running almost five years ago, I learned about steel cut oats. I was researching foods that supply long lasting energy and steel cut oats was raved about by running publications and nutritionists. Steel cut oats are filled with macronutrients which give us long lasting energy, fiber and even protein. Sometimes I will make plain steel cut oats and keep them refrigerated for about a week using a small portion every day for breakfast. These oats do take longer to cook than typical oatmeal, hence the reason I will often cook more to leave enough for leftovers. This is a gluten free meal – just make sure that the Steel Cut Oats that you use are certified as g-free.
This Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats recipe is a great one if you like the flavors of apple and cinnamon. This recipe is so yummy and while it is cooking, your house will smell like you are making apple pie. I love that this is a crock pot recipe. You can start your crockpot when you go to bed and have a warm breakfast waiting for you when you wake up. Or, you can make this in the morning and have a yummy dessert! Regardless of when you eat this recipe, you will enjoy the flavors of apple and cinnamon mixed with the crunch of nuts.
I am constantly asked what slow cooker I have. I have the Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I love that it is programmable. In fact, I use the timer every time I use it. Once the slow cooker finishes its cooking, it automatically turns to Warm. I love knowing that if I’m out running errands or out playing with my son I don’t have to rush in to be home to insure we get a hot meal. This slow cooker keeps the food warm once it finishes cooking!
Combine the ingredients in your crockpot (recipe is below)
Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats Recipe
2 cups steel cut oats
8 cups water
2 2/3 cups milk (could use almond milk as well!)
4 cups of peeled, chopped apples
2/3 cups brown sugar
1/3 cups white sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1. Spray crockpot so oatmeal doesn’t stick
2. Place all ingredients in to crockpot
3. Cook on low for 7-8 hours
4. Add desired toppings to dress up the oats, such as raisins/craisins, pecans, almonds, bananas, etc.
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Recipe adapted from He and She Eat Clean