I love waking up to the sweet aroma of apples and cinnamon. Simply put the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and wake up to a nutritious and satisfying hot breakfast.
- 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax seeds
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
Coat the inside of a 3 1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with coconut oil. Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker in the order listed. Stir, cover and cook on low for approximately 7 hours. (Slow cooker times may vary). If you’re like me and prefer to get 8 hours sleep, assemble the ingredients in the slow cooker right before you go to bed and set the timer on your slow cooker to turn on at the desired time. If your slow cooker does not have a built in timer, plug it into an on-off light timer. In the morning, spoon oatmeal into bowls and add additional toppings such as chopped nuts, cinnamon, berries or banana slices. Store leftovers in refrigerator. To reheat, stir in extra milk and gently warm in a saucepan over medium low heat.
Makes 4 servings
Steel Cut Oats: Although old fashioned rolled oats have many health benefits, steel cut oats have even more. The difference has to do with how they are processed. Like the name implies, rolled oats are steamed, rolled and dried before packaging. Steel cut oats are never steamed or cooked. They are whole oats that have been cut into pieces with sharp steel blades without additional processing. This means that steel cut oats take a little longer to cook, but they also take longer to digest which gives the advantage of a lower glycemic index and greater satiety. Steel cut oats are a high-fiber, complex carbohydrate. They are considered a healthy addition to a regular diet because they are an excellent source of protein, soluble and insoluble fiber and select vitamins and minerals.