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.

6 comments:

  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?

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  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.

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  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

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

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

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    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.

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