Monday, October 12, 2015

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal is a perfect make ahead breakfast that gives you all the flavors of fall and a healthy boost of nutrition.
You don't need me to tell you that we are in the midst of pumpkin mayhem.  There is pumpkin flavored everything!
The only person missing the trend is the Bear...sorry honey...right now you get 1 food source and it's NOT pumpkin flavored!  I truly think Starbucks started this pumpkin mayhem and while I'm not mad at it I do think 1 flavor of fall got the short end of the stick - the apple!
Fall, cider mills, apples I missing something?  Today I'm here to #BringBackTheApple with an easy, make ahead breakfast recipe.
Steel cut oats are technically not that much different from rolled oats nutritionally, but they are lower on the glycemic index which for some people is important.  They take longer to cook, therefore you just have to plan accordingly when you want to make them.

This recipe really does taste like apple pie.  I make it once a week and portion it out to be reheated in the morning.  I usually add fresh berries, pumpkin seeds, and a touch of maple syrup to mine before eating.  Kyle has is plain and it's actually his second serving of oatmeal in the morning.  He has our favorite baked oatmeal on the way to work and this as his midmorning snack.  The boy eats some oats.

If you're looking for a new breakfast recipe or just wanting to let the real produce star of fall shine give these oats a try!

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

  • 1 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 diced apples (pears or peaches work too depending on the season)
  • 2 cups soy milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon or *shudder* pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Dash salt
  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed
I jazz mine up before serving and I also add a little extra milk if I'm feeling like creamier oats.  It's really up to you on the cooking time.  If you like thick oats cook longer and wait until you get a consistency you like. I also highly recommend buying slow cooker liners to use.  It's an extra expense, but it makes clean up so easy!  You can find them near the sandwich bags and foil in the supermarket.

What's your typical breakfast?
What's the last pumpkin thing you ate?

Love and how 'bout them apples,
Carissa & Kyle


  1. Sounds delicious- I agree apple definitely gets neglected :/ Your daughter looks just like you :)


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