I was going to call this Apple Pie Oatmeal, because it really does taste as good as apple pie. I’ve made it twice now. Once I used regular oatmeal (not quick cooking). The second time, I used steel cut oats. They were more expensive, but I thought they held up better in the slow cooker. Jim thought that the regular oats were just as good. They were good, but they were a little mushier than I would like.
The taste of both versions was delish! Apples, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar…all for breakfast! And the leftovers heat up great the next day. Just add extra milk and microwave.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups oatmeal (regular or steel cut)
- 1 3/4 cups water (2 cups if using steel cut oats)
- 1 3/4 cups apple juice ( 2 cups if using steel cut oats)
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- dash nutmeg
- 1 small apple, peeled and diced tiny
I used a 4 quart slow cooker for this. It has to cook such a long time, you want the oatmeal to fill as much of the crock as possible. If it doesn’t, it will cook too hot.
Spray the crock with cooking spray so you can clean it easier the next morning. Oatmeal is sticky.
Put all the ingredients in the crock and stir to combine. Turn it on low as you’re going to bed. I turned mine on at 10pm and cooked it till about 7am. If you have a programmable slow cooker, cook it for about 5 hours on low for steel cut or 3 for regular oats.
This recipe makes 4 large servings.
I had never cooked or even seen, steel cut oats until I bought them for this recipe. They do cost more money than regular. And I thought they looked like horse food. I’ve never seen horse food either, but that’s what it should look like. Let me tell you, a horse would be very happy to be served a bowl of this apple oatmeal!
Here’s what the steel cut oats look like before they’re cooked:
I preferred the steel cut for this recipe, but the regular work fine too. One trick I’ve heard is to buy a Christmas light timer and hook it up to your slow cooker. That way you can program it to cook for a shorter amount of time. Especially helpful if you’re using regular oats.