Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Recently I shared with you one of my go-to breakfast recipes: crockpot oatmeal. I shared it because it is super frugal and super easy, and who doesn't love that?  Today I want to share with you what has become one of my favorite variations of our classic crockpot oatmeal.  We call it "Apple Pie Oatmeal." 

Warm, apple-y, "sugar 'n' spice"--you almost think you're eating apple pie for breakfast! The best part is it's still really easy. 

Apple Pie Oatmeal

1 cup whole oat groats*
3 cups water
2 cups milk
1 large apple (or 2 small), diced
1 T cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp allspice
pinch of salt

In the evening, add all of the ingredients to your crockpot and give everything a stir to combine. Turn your crockpot on low before going to bed.  (Our crockpot normally runs from about 10pm-7/8am.)  In the morning, give the oatmeal a good stir and spoon into bowls.  Pour cream and maple syrup** over top.  Delicious!

* If you want to soak the oats for better nutrient absorption, simply place in a glass bowl with 2 cups water and 2 T raw apple cider vinegar for 12-24 hours prior to adding to the crockpot. Then drain and add to the crockpot with the rest of the ingredients, but cut back to just 2 cups of water instead of the 3 cups called for above.

** If you don't have maple syrup, you can trying adding 1/4-1/3 cup sucanat to the crockpot. But I have to say, it's the maple syrup that really pushes this breakfast over the top! 

Linked to The Chicken Chick's Clever Chick's Bloghop #18.


  1. Made this last week and have another batch ready to turn on at bedtime tonight :) wondering if you've ever tried any other fruit in your oatmeal or do you think it wouldn't stand up to cooking all night?

  2. Amanda, I've tried peaches with fresh ginger. It was fine, but not as tasty as the apples. We add frozen blueberries to our oatmeal often, but I do that just before serving...I'd think it would just be a purple mushy mess if they cooked overnight. :) I tried some raisins overnight once--got way too mushy. I've added pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices, and that was good. I think the apples and peaches work because applesauce and peach sauce are so yummy.

  3. Made this a few days ago and my kids were actually happy! SOOOOOO glad to have something that is ready to eat when we wake for school days!!!Thanks

  4. Yay, Christina! Glad the kids loved it! :)

  5. Hoping to try this soon. Can you use regular oatmeal...and how many servings does this make?

    1. Skye, I'm guessing you mean rolled oats? Rolled oats will not work. They will be way over cooked after cooking all night, and the water-to-oat ratio is different for rolled oats vs. whole oats. You can make oatmeal with rolled oats in the crockpot, but I'm guessing the cook time would be in the 1-3 hour range, which is fine, but definitely not an overnight thing.