Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

One of my preschool teachers found this on a wonderful blog - The Yummy Life.  The Yummy Life focuses on easy and fun healthy recipes.  You should definitely visit this blog.  Judy said she and her husband loved it and I am always game for a new Crockpot recipe - especially one that I can start at night and have ready for breakfast.

Both my husband and I thought it was very yummy.  My daughters thought it was a little "healthy" for them.  Jenna thought it needed more SUGAR!  :)  I did add a little more sugar to hers when I served it.  I sprinkled some almonds and Craisins on mine.  Be creative with your toppings and enjoy!

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter

Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well.

To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.

Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.

Nutritional Info (per 3/4 cup serving): 149 calories, 3.6g fat, 27.3g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 4.9g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4 pts

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