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!