Wake up to the amazing aroma of this easy recipe for Crock-Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal that has been cooking overnight in your slow cooker. Steel cut oatmeal is simmered with fresh apples, cinnamon and other warm spices to bring you a healthy breakfast that is gluten free, vegan, vegetarian and high in fiber!
Crock-Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal
There is nothing that make my mornings happier than knowing that I have a healthy breakfast all ready to go when the kids and I wake up.
And this recipe for overnight apple pie oatmeal made in my slow cooker fits all the requirements for me.
Not a lot of prep work involved…just measuring out the steel cut oats, water, and spices and then chopping up a couple of apples.
You basically just throw everything in your slow cooker and let it do it’s thing while you sleep.
Now if only everything else were that easy right?
When making oatmeal in your crock-pot the key really is to use steel cut oats. Other kinds of oatmeal like instant oatmeal, quick cooking oatmeal and even old fashioned rolled oatmeal tends to get mushy when cooked for any length of time in the slow cooker.
But not good and hearty steel cut oats! Because they are less processed they hold up their texture beautifully in the long cooking environment. AND as a bonus…they are healthier for you too with more nutrients and fiber than other forms of processed oats.
If you are on a gluten free diet we recommend using a brand of steel cut oats that is gluten free. While oats in general are gluten free, not all brands are in fact labeled as gluten free. We really like Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats. They are easy to find and are indeed labeled as gluten free.
This recipe contains no added sweetener. I found it to be plenty sweet with just the apples. However feel free to sweeten the oats to suit your taste with sugar, honey or your favorite sweetener.
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