Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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It’s coldddd outside! What better way to wake up the fam that with some apple cinnamon oatmeal that’s ready to eat? On top of that it’s super delicious too!! My son loves hearty oatmeal and I love sending him to school all warm and full. With this great bowl of yumminess maybe he’ll actually make it to lunch time before he is starving again. I forgot how hungry teen boys get!!

Thank you to FamilyFun magazine for the ideas and images. Not compensated.

Recipe for apple cinnamon oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

ACTIVE TIME 20 MIN.

TOTAL TIME 4½ HOURS

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS

1½ cups steel-cut oats

5 cups water

½ cup half-and-half

3¼ cups peeled, cored, and cubed apples (about 3)

½ cup golden raisins

½ cup maple syrup, divided

1½ tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. salt

½ cup toasted pecans (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Stir together oats, water, half-and-half, apples, raisins, ¼ cup maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and salt in bowl of a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low, 4 to 4½ hours. (The cooker will switch to “warm” mode until you wake up.)
  1. Spoon oatmeal into bowls. Drizzle with remaining syrup and, if using, pecans.

PER SERVING 340 CALORIES; 8g PROTEIN; 5g FAT (2g SAT. FAT); 67g CARBS; 7g FIBER; 1g SUGAR; 218mg SODIUM

Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast? How do you make busy mornings easier?