Last week I had a slow cooker recipe for an Enchilada casserole and I explained how slow cookers aren’t just for weeknight dinners. They’re also for a dad who wants to spend the day having fun with his kids, and then come home to a nice dinner. Well slow cookers can also be used for breakfast, so the current story is about a dad that wanted to sleep in on a Sunday morning. This new recipe is Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, and is prepared the night before in less than half an hour.
I’ve talked before about coming home to a house that smells delicious with a warm home cooked meal in the kitchen ready to eat. Well how about walking downstairs and breakfast is ready? Walking downstairs you might wonder if you forgot to put out your apple cinnamon candle burning in the family room, but then realize the aroma is coming from your homemade apple cinnamon oatmeal.
I started with three Gala apples; just because that’s the kind of apple we like best in our house. Feel free to try a different kind of apple when you make this. The hardest part of this recipe is peeling, coring and dicing the apples. It’s really not a big deal though. I don’t have an apple peeler, but it’s something I should look into. I just use a paring knife to quarter the apple, remove the skin and core, and then dice it into pieces about the size of a peanut.
Once the apples are diced I put the them into the bottom of my slow cooker then sprinkled in 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Next I poured two cups of oatmeal on top and finally added four cups of water. I secured the lid of my slow cooker and set the heat on low for eight hours. In the morning when I was ready to serve the oatmeal I gave it a quick stir, ladled it into some bowls and garnished it with some brown sugar.
I talk about slow cookers a lot on this website and it’s because that’s one of my favorite ways of cooking. If you don’t have a slow cooker yet, this is something you really need to have. The slow cooker I have is the Crock Pot brand slow cooker with the latching lid and a timer. The timer will allow you to set the heat on either low or high from thirty minutes up to twenty hours. When the timer is up the Crock Pot will keep the food warm because it automatically goes into the ‘keep warm’ setting. The lid not only latches in place, but has a gasket. Because of this you’ll be able to put the crock pot in a trunk to bring food to a party without spilling food all over your trunk. It’s much nicer than your mother’s Crock Pot from thirty years ago.
Adapted from bestfoodpins.com