OMG!!! This is amazing, I am in love with this recipe!
Reasons I love this recipe
- I love the idea of using my slow cooker to wake up to a nice warm breakfast
- There are only 5 ingredients, (plus water).
- It is not sickly sweet.
- It is super easy
- It can be made ahead of time as a freezer meal.
- It is super versatile
- SO much better than store bought instant oatmeal.
- It is healthy and delicious!!
Ok enough hype on to the recipe. The original recipe I found at goodrecipesonline.com but I tweaked it a bit. The original recipe did not have any sugar but I thought it needed a touch more.
Apple Pie for Breakfast
- 1 cup of steel cut oats
- 3 diced apples
- 1 cup apple juice
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 4 cups water
Place all the ingredients in a slow cooker, mix, set and walk away. Bake for 8 hours on low. Wake up to the wonderful aroma of apple pie.
That’s it, the hardest part was pealing the apples.
Now some hints:
- I used me new slow cooker with a timer, after 8 hours it switches to warm so my breakfast was not over cooked or burnt. I highly recommend you have some type of timer on your slow cooker if you use this recipe.
- I added an extra cup of water to the original recipe to also help avoid the dish from becoming dry and burning.
- I took the left overs and packaged it in freezer containers so that I have several healthy breakfasts ready when I am running late.
- I made it without the sugar this time, hubby loved it and thought it was perfect. I thought it needed a bit of sweetening so next time I will add 1/4 cup brown sugar and some nuts! Definitely some nuts.
This is such an easy recipe that can easily be changed up.
- Try using bananas and nuts instead of apples, or any type of fresh or frozen berries.
- If making a freezer meal don’t add any liquid until you are ready to cook.
- Use milk or coconut milk in place of some of the water
- Top with milk, maple sugar, nuts, fresh fruit, whatever!
- The have a heartier texture and are less mushy than regular oatmeal.
- They are harder to breakdown then regular oats so they help to stabilize blood sugar.
- Only have 150 calories per 1/2 cup.
- Good source of complex carbohydrates
- Provides 10 g of soluble fiber, which works to lower cholesterol per 1/2 cup
- Provides 14 g of protein per 1/2 cup
- Good source of Vitamin B and Iron Read more: www.livestrong.com
Update: My lovely brother was balking at the 1/4 cup of brown sugar but I don’t think he realized that this was not a single serving. To help him out I used fatsecret.com to figure out the nutritional information. I estimated six 3/4 cup servings in the recipe.
Main points: 190 Calories, 4 gm of fiber, 3.5 gm of protein, 9% of your daily Iron- Not bad for something that tastes like dessert.