Breakfast in Bed? No problem. Make this nutritious apple and cinnamon scented oatmeal the evening before in your rice cooker or crock pot. It will be ready for you when you wake in the morning and your kitchen will smell like apple pie! This is the best way to wake up!
Note: If you make this before bed, it’s best to start it at least an hour before hitting the sack. Once the oatmeal thickens, stir well to prevent lumps.
Steel cut oats have the most nutrition and lowest glycemic index of all the oatmeal products. I add flax seed, oat bran and chia seeds to further boost the nutrition, and sprinkle with walnuts for extra protein. My recipe uses only a tablespoon of brown sugar, unlike most of the slow cooked steel cut oats recipes you find on the web. The raisins, apples, and cinnamon bring a natural sweetness to the cereal. Of course you can add more brown sugar or maple syrup when serving, but I’m fine without that.
I use a nonstick rice cooker with a slow cook setting. I spray it with nonstick canola oil spray and cleanup is very easy. I’ve made this in the crock pot too, but be sure you spray it well. Even so, there is a bit more cleanup involved. If the oatmeal sticks, soak the crock pot with hot water and a few tablespoons baking soda.
Ingredients (makes approximately 6 cups). Refrigerate leftovers for more breakfasts.
Nonstick canola spray
3 cups milk
6 cups water
1 1/2 Tb butter (or a mixture of butter and coconut oil)
4 large Jonagold, Pink Lady or other sweet cooking apples peeled and chopped (you can substitute other cooking apples)
1 Tb brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup steel cut oats
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tb cinnamon
1 Tb flax seed meal
3 Tb chia seeds
1/4 cup oat bran
1/4 cup raisins
2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
1 cup walnut or pecan pieces to stir in the next morning
1 cup fresh or 2 cups (16 oz) frozen blueberries to stir in the next morning (optional)
Spray your cooker very well. Fill with milk and water.
Fry apples in butter and sprinkle in a few shakes of cinnamon, the vanilla and brown sugar, stirring often until they caramelize. If I have cream on hand, I stir in a tablespoon for real caramel.
Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, then pour into cooker and mix well with the liquids. Mix in caramelized apples, raisins, and cinnamon sticks. Set slow cook timer for 7 hours. It’s best to make this with at least an hour before bedtime so that you can stir it while it thickens and avoid lumps.
In the morning, the apples will rise to the top. I like to stir in a cup of fresh (or frozen) blueberries. Acai berry puree is also good to stir in. Stir oatmeal well and ladle into bowls.
If you don’t have apples on hand or just don’t want to do all that work, stir in a 16 oz package of frozen blueberries into the cooked oatmeal.
Sprinkle with pecan or walnut pieces and serve with more milk if desired.