Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I am on a roll with slow cooker oatmeal.  We’ve been loving it lately!

This time, I decided to make use of the apple cider in the fridge.  A mug of hot spiced cider is a winter favorite.  So it has to be good for a late autumn breakfast too, right?

Sweet apple cider, brown sugar, cinnamon and other spices transform a plain bowl of oatmeal into holiday breakfast special.

We don’t get snowed in here in Kentucky very often, but I’m going to keep this breakfast in mind just in case we get a big snowfall this winter.  I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to world wrapped in white and having a bowl of this spiced oatmeal to go with the view.  Cozy!

I don’t have an ingredient photo for you, but all the ingredients are very common.

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker

Serves: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar (or less, if you don't like it too sweet)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. allspice
  • ⅛ tsp. cloves
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Spray a small slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in crock.
  3. Cook 3-5 hours on low.
  4. Serve with milk.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal - best oatmeal ever!

I’ve made this Gingerbread Oatmeal twice.  Both times, Jim has texted me later in the morning to say it was an awesome breakfast.  These really are fantastic.

In addition to the common cinnamon and brown sugar, they also have ginger, a bit of cloves and vanilla.  The combination is full of fall flavor.

Even my daughter, who has never eaten (or been willing to try) oatmeal, liked these.

And they’re really easy to make too.  Set them up at night before going to bed and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning.  I do use a timer for my small crockpot so they don’t have to cook all night.  You can read more about making your own programmable crockpot here.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

Ingredient Spotlight: Tea (and Spiced Chai Tea Muffin recipe)

I love tea.  My very, very favorite is Bigelow Constant Comment.  But lately, I’ve also been loving the Spiced Chai and Vanilla Chai from Bigelow.

My afternoon snack almost always includes a cup of tea.  My tea basket is always on the counter, ready for me to choose the flavor of the day.

But did you know you can also bake with tea?

I chose the Spiced Chai to make these muffins.  They remind me a bit of coffee cake (tea cake?), but with more flavor.  I topped them with cinnamon streusel.  And of course, they’re perfect with a cup of tea.

The recipe and a photo of the ingredients is near the bottom of the post.  But I wanted to give you a chance to share your recipes that are perfect for pairing with tea.

Link up any recipe you like that you love enjoying with your favorite cup of tea.  If you’ve got a recipe that uses tea as an ingredient, we’d love to see that too!  And if you have a post about Bigelow Tea, be sure to link that up as well.  We’ll be pinning your posts on the Bigelow Tea Board and Recipes to Enjoy with Tea board.  You can follow Bigelow Tea on  TwitterFacebook and Pinterest.


Here’s what you’ll need to make Spiced Chai Tea Muffins:

 

Spiced Chai Tea Muffins with Cinnamon Streusel Topping

Serves: 1 dozen muffins

Ingredients
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbs. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup strong brewed Bigelow Spiced Chai Tea
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
For the topping
  • 5 Tbs. sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 5 Tbs. flour
Instructions
  1. Stir flour, baking powder and salt together in a bowl.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix butter, sugar and eggs.
  3. Add brewed tea, milk and vanilla to wet ingredients and mix till well blended.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir gently till well combined.
  5. Divide evenly between 12 muffin tins.
  6. Using a fork, combine all ingredients for topping until you have crumbs.
  7. Sprinkle on top of muffins.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees 15-20 minutes.
Notes
To make the strong, brewed tea use 1 or 2 tea bags and ¼ cup boiling water. Steep for 5 minutes.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated for my time and provided with samples from Bigelow Tea.  All tea loving opinions are my own.

Ingredient Spotlight: Baking Spices

Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger…  Don’t they just taste like the holidays?

I love bundling up some of these spices in cheesecloth and letting it steep in hot apple cider.  It makes the house smell so good and tastes warm and festive too.

Here are a few other recipes that use these spices:  [Read more…]

Apple Crisp in the Slow Cooker

I’m on a roll with slow cooked desserts.  This apple crisp is an adaptation of my Apple Crinkle.

I decided to give it a whirl in the slow cooker and it turned out beautifully.  I dressed it up a bit with a handful of dried cranberries and chopped pecans.

My mouth is watering as I write this post.  I must make this again soon!

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Streusel Cake

This is my sister’s absolute favorite birthday cake.  The moist, yellow cake is marbled with sweet, cinnamon swirl.

It’s easy to make too, because it starts with a cake mix.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love cake mix?

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Zucchini Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A neighbor gifted me with a giant zucchini the other day.  My first inclination was to make zucchini bread, but then I ran across this recipe in one of my Amish cookbooks.

I’m pretty sure that the 3 cups of veggies in this cake off set the naughtiness of the cream cheese frosting.

The only change I made to the recipe was to bake it in a jelly roll pan instead of a 9×13 size.  I would also like to say that I did shred the carrots and zucchini the way the Amish would.  I don’t have a food processor, but I want one.  I want much.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Apple Cinnamon Skillet Monkey Bread

Some of you wonderful readers recently introduced me to the blog, Picky Palate.  The first post I saw there was Peanut Butter and Jelly Skillet Monkey Bread.   Heavens to Murgatroyd!  That looks delish!  And you know how I love peanut butter.

But as I read the recipe, the words “jelly of your choice” caught my attention and all I could think of was apple jelly.  Which pairs perfectly with cinnamon and brown sugar.  So I took the original recipe and did a bit of tweaking to come up with this: [Read more…]

Easiest Ever French Toast – Taking a Slice of Bread to New Heights

Last month when I went to the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter test kitchens they fed us some delicious foods.  Lots and lots of food.  All made with ICBINB, of course.

Leave it to me to pick out the simplest idea to share with you.  In a room full of cheesecake, stuffed mushrooms, truffles (I may still have to share those) and scones, I zeroed in on toast.   I love simple, easy, manageable, effortless recipes.

Grab that tub of ICBINB and get ready to transform your morning toast. [Read more…]

Pumpkin Swirl Brownies

This is a guest post from Sweet T of Sweet T Studio.

For this recipe, I started with Martha’s Pumpkin-Swirl Brownies, & made a few modifications to the original recipe to bring DOWN the guilt-factor, in regard to my thighs, AND my wallet, hehe!  (I doubled my recipe, because I was taking it to a big party, but this would be an ideal recipe to make two, & freeze one for later! Time saver!) [Read more…]
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