One of the best things on a cold winter morning (whole whopping four degrees at our house this morning) is to wake up to the cinnamony scent of oatmeal in the slow cooker.
Warm, filling, and delicious, it definitely makes a great start to a chilly day.
And it’s super easy – did I mention that?
Shortening or Butter
1 cup milk
4 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup steel-cut oats
2 apples, peeled, cored and cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
4 cups water
Generously grease a 5-6 quart slow cooker with shortening or butter.
Add milk, sugar, vanilla, salt and water. Gently stir in the oats, apples and butter. Cook, covered, on low for eight hours (or overnight). Serve with milk and your choice of toppings such as almonds, cranberries, chocolate chips, maple syrup, dollop of whipped cream.
NOTE: If you don’t like your apples crunchy, put them in a microwave safe bowl and cook covered for two to three minutes before adding them.
Serves approximately four.