This Crockpot oatmeal recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy a hot breakfast with virtually no work in the morning. Just dump the ingredients in the slow cooker at night and wake up to a healthy, comforting breakfast in the morning.
Be sure to use steel cut oatmeal (also called Irish oatmeal or Scottish oats) for this recipe. If you use rolled oats, it will not hold up to the long cooking process.
- 1-1/2 cups steel cut oatmeal (also called Irish oatmeal or Irish oats - not rolled oats)
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups milk, half and half or cream
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 medium apples, peeled and diced
- honey for drizzling
- Spray the inside of your slow cooker stoneware with cooking spray.
- Place oatmeal, water, milk, brown sugar and cinnamon in Crockpot. Cover and set on low. Cook at least 6 hours, up to 12 hours.
- About an hour before serving, add diced apples to the slow cooker. Stir, cover and cook another hour or so.
- To serve, drizzle with honey, and garnish with more chopped apples, if desired.
Important Note About Slow Cooker Cooking Times: If you have a newer slow cooker, chances are, it is set at a higher temperature and may cook faster. If that's the case, check the oatmeal at 5 hours. If you want to cook it longer, set it on "warm" instead of "low." You can also add more water.
Oatmeal has been long known for being a comfort food, as well as a healthy breakfast. Everyday Health lists some of the reasons why you should consider starting your day with oatmeal:
- Oats contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fibers form a viscous gel that helps to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose levels. The insoluble fiber in oats helps provide a “moving” experience by curtailing constipation and improving intestinal health. What a delicious way to make your heart and colon smile.
- Oats make an easy, balanced breakfast. One cup of cooked oatmeal contains about 150 calories, four grams of fiber (about half soluble and half insoluble), and six grams of protein. To boost protein further, my favorite way to eat oatmeal is with a swirl of almond butter nestled within. This powerful combo will keep you away from that mid-morning visit to the vending machine.
- Oats provide important minerals. Nutrient-rich oatmeal contains thiamin, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, selenium, and iron.
- Oats are naturally gluten-free, but check with manufacturers to ensure that their products are not made using the same equipment as other potentially contaminating grains. (Always purchase gluten-free products from reputable companies and read food labels carefully.)
- Oats could help you control your weight by keeping you feeling fuller longer. Sadly, carbs are often shunned and feared by those looking to drop a few pounds, yet choosing whole grains could squash hunger and simultaneously provide that pleasant “ahhhh” feeling carb-lovers crave. But, as with any other food, be mindful of portion sizes.