Slow-Cooker Maple Apple Oatmeal
This isn't your instant packet of oats! This slow cooker oatmeal allows you to prepare delicious oatmeal with minimal effort while you sleep. The flavors of maple and apple combine nicely with the texture and flavor of the oats.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 20 minutes
- 3-4 medium-sized apples peeled, cored, and roughly chopped into 1-inch cubes
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 slightly heaping cup steel-cut oats
- 2 tbsp. maple sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
Peel, core, and chop the apple. I cut each apple into eighths, cored it, peeled it, and then chopped it into pieces that were about 1 inch. Use any firm apple that you might use in a pie (Braeburn, Golden Delicious, Pink Lady). This time I used Pink Lady apples.
Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.
Pour the liquids into the slow cooker.
Stir in your dry ingredients.
Cover and cook on low for 7 hours.
When you open the slow cooker, stir, and serve immediately.
Here is where the fun begins. Feel free to add dried cranberries, raisins, toasted pecans, or, if you feel a little naughty, a bit of maple syrup.
If you wish to reheat this in the microwave, add a bit of hot water, syrup, or milk. Cover and microwave for 30 seconds (or using a reheat setting). You might need to stir and then heat for a few seconds more.
Maple sugar can often be found in the baking aisle at Whole Foods, online, or at farmers' markets. I got mine at Trader Joe's, but am not sure whether this was a seasonal item. If you can't find maple sugar, use brown sugar and add a bit of maple syrup at the end.