Overnight, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
Why steel cut oats? Old fashioned rolled oats are healthy, but they are steamed, rolled, and dried before packaging. This process helps them cook and digest faster. Steel cut oats are whole oats that have been chopped into smaller pieces. It takes longer to cook them, but this means that it takes longer to digest. Longer digestion keeps you feeling full longer and helps keep glucose levels stable.
• 3 apples, peeled, cored, cut into ½ inch pieces
• 1 cup apple juice or cider
• 3 cups water
• 1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
• 2 Tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup
• ½ tsp cinnamon
• ¼ tsp salt
Coat inside of 3 ½ quart or larger slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients. Stir, over, and cook on low overnight for approximately 7 hours. Spoon into bowls. Optional toppings: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Also freezes well.
To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in a bowl with 1/3 cup milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking another minute, or until heated through.
Instead of apples, try 2 cups of berries or add ½ cup extra water and use dried cherries!