My family has been eating steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast for so many years now. Steel-cut oats have several amazing health benefits. It is high in fiber and keeps you feel full longer. I feel good knowing that my family gets a hearty start to their day. Steel-cut oats take a longer time to cook on the stove compared with the regular oats. So, what I have been doing is cooking it on a double boiler in the slow cooker overnight. All I have to do the next morning is to add soy milk, chia seeds, hemp heart and flax seeds to it. I wanted to try something new, so when I saw this recipe on a magazine, I decided to give it a try. I don’t have a programmable slow cooker so I made this oatmeal the night before. The steel-cut oats, along with the rest of the ingredients are slowly cooked for 6 hours. The cooked oats came out thick and smelled wonderful.
I let it cool before refrigerating it overnight. The next morning, I scoop a cup of the cold oats in a bowl, add 1/3 cup of soy milk, heat it in the microwave for 1 minute and stir. It tastes good and very flavorful compared to the one I usually make. I can taste the apples, cinnamon and cranberries in every spoonful. My family and I enjoyed this healthy and filling breakfast; I am pretty sure you will too!
- Steel-cut oats – the main ingredient in this recipe.
- Milk: almond, soy, low-fat or skim – helps cook the oats and adds health benefits to this recipe.
- Brown sugar – adds sweetness to this recipe.
- Unsalted butter – add rich flavor to this recipe
- Cinnamon- adds a distinct smell and flavor to this recipe.
- Apples and dried cranberries – add texture and nutritional benefits to this recipe
- Salt – enhances the taste and flavor of other ingredients in this recipe.
HOW TO MAKE APPLE-CINNAMON STEEL-CUT OATMEAL IN A SLOW COOKER:
To make this slow cooker apple-cinnamon steel-cut oats recipe, first spray the insert of a slow cooker with a cooking spray. Add the milk, brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, chopped apples, dried cranberries, water and salt. Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Cook on low for 6 hours.
- If you have a programmable slow cooker, you can make this oatmeal recipe overnight. It is ready to eat when you wake up the next morning. You can store the leftover in the fridge.
- Almond milk was used in this recipe. Other milk like soy or low-fat milk may also be used.
- You can adjust the consistency of the cooked oats by serving as is or adding more milk.
- You can enjoy this oatmeal with your favorite fruits and/or nuts.
Slow Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 3 cups soy milk or almond milk or fat-free milk plus more for serving
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter melted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 apples chopped
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 2 cups water
- ½ tsp fine salt
- Coat the insert of a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all the ingredients and mix well. Cover with the lid and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Serve as is or add more milk, if desired. Top with your favorite fruit and/or nuts.