Overnight Steel Cut Apple Pie Oatmeal

This came out of one of those random Facebook recipes someone posted, which looked really good…except that it needed tweaking. Kind of a lot. But once tweaked, man was this an awesome breakfast! I upped the apple quantity so that the fruit was the real star, and it didn’t need much or any added sugar (depending, I guess, on how sweet the apples were you started with…)

Overnight Crockpot Steel Cut Apple Pie Oatmeal

  • Into the crockpot, put 4 medium apples, cut into wedges or chunks. (Peeling is optional; I didn’t bother.)
  • Sprinkle about 1-2 tsp. of your favorite sweet spices–go heavy on the cinnamon, but then you can add bits of nutmeg, allspice, a teeny bit of clove, ginger…
  • Over that, pour 2/3 cup steel cut oats.
  • Then over the whole mess, pour 2 cups water.

What you do next depends on what kind of crockpot you have, and how it behaves:

If you have an older model, and you know from experience that you can cook it on “low” all day without it ever hitting an actual boil: Cook on low heat 7 hours or so. If it’s too dry in the morning, add up to 1/2 cup water, milk, or orange juice and stir to make it creamier. Add a tsp. vanilla extract if you’d like.

If you have a newer model, one which does hit an actual bubbling simmer when it’s on low (I hate that!), do the following:

  • Instead of 2 cups room temperature water, pour boiling water over in the end. Give it a quick stir and turn the crockpot on to high heat. Cook for an hour.
  • After an hour, without lifting the lid, switch to warm. Let cook overnight.
  • Add water/milk/oj and/or vanilla if you’d like, as in the above.

My kids wanted a little more brown sugar sprinkled on in the morning, but I thought it was sweet enough, and everyone loved it!

If your crockpot is somewhere in between these two, I don’t really know what to tell you. You could try using actual ice water at the beginning, which would buy you a little more time…

Let me know if you try it!

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Posted on January 20, 2014, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I am going to have to try this one!

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