Think oatmeal is kind of boring? Maybe it’s one of those breakfast options you feel obligated to eat because it’s good for you? That’s what we thought until we discovered this recipe for Apple Oatmeal. Chock full of real honey, cinnamon, apples, and walnuts (not just apple-flavoring included in some of those instant oatmeal packs), this oatmeal makes our everyday breakfast seem almost special.
Yes, you can make oatmeal in the slow cooker! And now is a great time of year to try it. Here’s why:
1. The trees are bursting with apples, and apples add a sweet crunch to the hearty oatmeal.
2. Oatmeal warms us up from the inside out on a cool morning.
3. The oatmeal and the protein-rich nuts really fill us up and keep us from looking for a mid-morning snack.
4. It provides a welcome alternative to our cold cereal-with-skim-milk morning routine. (Or whatever your breakfast routine may be.)
5. This healthy breakfast just might help us start shedding a few pounds before those holiday reunions with family and friends.
Make it now and reheat individual portions later (we stir in a little milk or water, if the oatmeal seems too stiff) or let it cook overnight. It’s one more great way to simplify our busy mornings. Now if only someone would set the table and start the coffee.
Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook Revised and Updated, pg. 26
Makes 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5-6 hours
Ideal slow-cooker size: 2-qt.
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp. honey
1 Tbsp. butter (no substitute!)
¼ tsp. salt
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 cup dry old-fashioned oats
1 cup chopped apples
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1. Mix together all ingredients in greased slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on Low 5-6 hours.
Serving suggestion: Serve with milk or ice cream.
Variation: Add ½ cup light or dark raisings to mixture.