It’s so great to wake up to a hot prepared breakfast. This high fiber, slow digesting oatmeal is the best oatmeal has to offer while still being healthy. This recipe uses steel cut oats and skim or 1% milk and is the ultimate comfort breakfast food with it’s full, rich taste. The apples taste great in it, but it can be made with or without fruit so everyone can add their favorite toppings in the morning. Craisins, raisins, nuts, dates, berries and bananas can make this a fun “oatmeal sundae bar” for kids. Have your kids help prepare this recipe in some way the first time you make it for greater anticipation and acceptance.
1 cup steel cut oats
4 1/2 cups skim or 1% fat milk
3 apples, diced or 2 cup fruit of choice, fresh, frozen or dried
1-2 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp real maple syrup
1/3 cup raw honey or agave nectar
1 tsp salt
1/2 – tsp vanilla extract
Using a 2 quart bowl that fits inside your slow cooker with the lid on, mix steel cut oats, milk, chopped apples, brown sugar, real maple syrup, agave nectar, salt and vanilla together. Use an apple slicer prior to dicing apples to make the cutting easy. If you don’t have real maple syrup, replace with brown sugar rather than imitation syrup.
Fill the slow cooker about halfway full with water. Set the bowl filled with ingredients in the slow cooker filled with water. Adjust the water level so it reaches about an inch blow the height of the outside of the oatmeal bowl. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set on low for 7 to 9 hours. Enjoy in the morning!