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cinnamon apple steel cut oats

Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats (Crockpot) | Apple Spice Oatmeal

Summer Yule
Looking for the best way to cook steel cut oats? Try your slow cooker! My cinnamon apple steel cut oats crockpot recipe is truly set it and forget it.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 9 hrs
Total Time 9 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 344 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup steel-cut oatmeal, dry
  • 1 cup water
  • cups milk, 2% (divided)
  • 4 cups baking apples (I used 4 medium Cortland apples)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts, seeds (for topping, optional)

Instructions

  • Start this recipe the night before you would like to have it for breakfast.
  • Grease the bottom and sides of your slow cooker with the butter. Leave the rest of the butter in the bottom of the pot.
  • Peel, core, and chop your apples. I chopped each medium apple into about 16 pieces.
  • Add the apples and cinnamon stick to the pot, then add the water, 2 cups of milk, and the oats.
  • Gently stir the oats so that they are below the liquid line. (They are more likely to stick to the bottom of the pot if you put them in first. That is why I am having you put them in last and then gently stir.)
  • Cover your slow cooker and let it cook on low for nine hours.
  • In the morning, remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the last ¾ cup of milk. Divide the oatmeal between four bowls and top with optional toppings of your choosing.

Notes

This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). The calorie count on this dish does not include any optional toppers. For the record, I don't think these apple cinnamon steel cut oats need any toppings to taste great.
Including toppings is more photogenic, but it is also much higher in calories. Adding some healthy toppings, as shown, is a good idea if you have higher energy needs (as some do in my household).
The one thing I would be sure to add to this dish, especially if you have a weight loss goal, is protein. Since oatmeal and apples are both relatively low in protein, I recommend adding a side of plain Greek yogurt to your meal. With a 5.3-ounce cup of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt, this meal remains under 500 calories and is more likely to leave you feeling satiated.
Some other ideas to add more protein to your meal include cottage cheese, plain skyr, hard-boiled eggs, or an egg white omelet. Low fat and non-fat dairy options are more protein dense than whole milk dairy products. That means you get more protein per calorie.
Nutrition information is for one serving of the recipe without additional toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 344kcalCarbohydrates: 49.8gProtein: 10.8gFat: 11.6gSaturated Fat: 6.1gSodium: 129.4mgPotassium: 378.3mgFiber: 5.8gVitamin A: 11.8% DVVitamin C: 10.1% DVCalcium: 29.7% DVIron: 10.5% DV
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