My friend, Cathi, and I email each other almost daily with our activities, and our menus. At some point, I told her a cousin was staying overnight and I needed to remember to set the crockpot for oatmeal. WAA?? She flipped. Cathi’s family has a to-die-for cabin in Big Bear, the type of place that setting the crockpot for oatmeal before going to bed would be part of the bucolic picture. How she never did this before, I don’t know. But she sure does it now.
I’m just thrilled with the fact that steel cut oatmeal can be easy to make. Waking up to the aroma of hot cinnamon and apples is lovely — breakfast is ready even before the coffee perks! This recipe includes fruit and nuts, healthy. It produces very thick oatmeal, not creamy however. Go ahead and double the quantities, if you want. I actually quadrupled it for a weekend in the mountains, worked great.
Crockpot Overnight Apple Oatmeal
- 3/4 cup steel cut oats (oatmeal)
- 1 cup chunky applesauce (Trader Joes is perfect)
- 1-1/2 cup water
- 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
Stir all together in a small crockpot (mine holds 12 cups, which I guess is “medium” sized). Cover and set to LOW, cook 8 hours. Makes 4 servings.