A Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe has never tasted so good.
This Apple Pie Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal will change every negative thought you have about oatmeal!
I have to be honest, I am impressed with myself for this recipe. You see, I am a member of Stonyfield’s Yogurt Clean Plate Club and every month we get an opportunity to create a recipe using yogurt or other awesome brands such as Bob’s Red Mill and others. It is an awesome challenge because we typically get to make recipes using healthier ingredients and introduce them to you guys. With Bob’s Red Mill ingredients, it needs no introduction as it has been a key player in my baking and cooking for quite some time now.
There are all types of flours, sugars, and whole grains that come from this brand that are organic or completely natural. I don’t mean natural as in it looks natural but still has other chemical things in the ingredients, I really do mean natural. When I got the recipe assignment (this was more like a Chopped challenge) and a bag of steel cut oatmeal and coconut sugar, I was at a loss. I didn’t know what to do. Sure I have used coconut sugar before but not in a recipe that I have shared on my blog. Sure I made oatmeal before and shared it with you guys but oatmeal is so boring and who in the world cares about another oatmeal recipe, I thought. So I sat, and I sat, and I sat, until someone gave me the idea to make oatmeal in a crockpot. I thought, that is a good idea, but how does that work and it’s still boring because its oatmeal.
So I sat and sat some more and then the idea came to me remake, in a crockpot, one of my childhood favorite oatmeal flavors. Let’s see there was Maple and Brown Sugar, Strawberries and Cream, Cinnamon Roll, and the ultimate favorite Apples and Cinnamon. Oh yes, those awesome bags of instant oatmeal use to give me LIFE! That was until I found out that they really aren’t that healthy for you and contains a lot of sugar. Well, not to say this Apple Pie Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe that I am sharing with you guys doesn’t have a lot of sugar, but the good thing about it is that the oatmeal comes from Bob’s Red Mill (you know it’s the good stuff) and you are creating the flavor with your ingredients. Therefore, you are seeing what is going inside of the oatmeal unlike the stuff that comes in those instant bags! Smart right?!
So yes there is some apple cider, brown sugar, and a little coconut sugar to give the oatmeal some love. You know my philosophy on healthy meals, you got to show the ingredients a little extra lovin’. Believe me, there is so much love in this oatmeal it is ridiculous. I can honestly say, out of all of the recipes I have created over the last 4 years, this Apple Pie Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe impressed me the most. Like, I am not kidding. I cannot WAIT to make this recipe again. I jumped off a cliff with a recipe idea and wasn’t sure if it was going to work and it did! Let’s talk about what I did, shall we?
I cooked the oatmeal on low for about 5-6 hours (I like creamy oatmeal), I added my flavors while it was cooking, diced up some apples and cooked them over the stove so they had a nice caramelization, and once the oatmeal was done I added the apples, some walnuts (you can use pecans if you want) some butter, and little milk to make it extra rich and creamy. Awesome! Then I thought, if this was breakfast and it takes 5-6 hours to cook when and why would someone make this, right? I thought about that and I thought this would be a good idea if you were going to have a breakfast or brunch party. You may have to wake up a little earlier than you normally would and get the oatmeal going, but once you throw your ingredients in the crockpot, your more than halfway done. The crockpot will do the rest. Also, I have not tried this so if you do let me know how it comes out. You can do the exact same thing but put your crockpot on warm and allow it to cook overnight. Now, there is an Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe created by Alton Brown where he says to cook on low for 8-9 hours. But my oats started cooking pretty fast and the liquid started to soak up as well so if you do that, make sure you add some extra liquid just in case. I know 1 ½ cups of oatmeal may not seem like a lot, but trust me, you are going to get about 8-10 servings out of this one batch.
Make life easier for yourself and make this Apple Pie Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe on Thanksgiving and/or Christmas morning so that is one less thing you have to do! Make the cooked apples the night before so all you have to do is add them once the oatmeal is done. You can also go buy some good crusty bread and homemade or premium preserves somewhere close to you to go along with it. That is my idea of a nice, filling, and rustic breakfast!
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- 1½ c. Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oatmeal
- 2 c. apple cider
- 2 c. water
- 2 tbsp. Bob's Red Mill Coconut Sugar
- 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. nutmeg
- 3 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and diced
- 4 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. light brown sugar
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- 4 tbsp. butter
- ½ c. milk
- ½ c. chopped walnuts or pecans
- In a slow cooker on low heat, add Bob Mill's Steel cut oatmeal evenly to the bottom of the pot. Pour in the apple cider and water, add the cinnamon, nutmeg and sugars, and vanilla extract. Stir and cover with lid for 5-6 hours.
- In a medium saute pan, melt 4 tbsp. butter on medium to high heat, add the Granny Smith Apples and allow to cook for 10 minutes, until the apples start to sizzle. Add the 2 tbsp. brown sugar and cinnamon and continue to cook until caramelized, about 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Once the oatmeal is cooked, add the butter and milk and stir. If at any time the oatmeal seems too thick, add ½ cup of water to loosen the oatmeal to desired consistency. Add the cooked apples and walnuts or pecans and stir. Serve very warm.