I know, I know – ANOTHER crockpot recipe? I promise, I do cook outside of my crockpot. But I’ve really hit the jackpot this year with crockpot recipes, and I can’t NOT share them!
I have always hated oatmeal. Always. I have tried a million varieties, and it literally makes me want to throw up every single time. I’ve tried instant, steel cut, rolled. I’ve tried it with fruit, with yogurt, with brown sugar, butter, cream, milk, fresh berries, and so on. It just isn’t my thing. I am a big texture freak, and I hate the texture of a few certain foods, and oatmeal has always been one of them. I had given up and simply no longer try it, knowing that I just hate oatmeal. End of story.
Until I tried THIS oatmeal. I still make oatmeal for the kids frequently. They eat it multiple times every week, and I just eat something else. I do often wonder if I am even making it correctly, since I won’t taste it and it could be awful, but they seem to love it so I just go with it. So when I was at our local food co-op the other day buying our weekly huge bag of steel cut oats, the cashier asked me if I make them in the crockpot, which I don’t. But since I’m on a mission to become one with my crockpot this fall, I made a mental note and decided we’d give it a try. So we did, and I decided it smelled so good I would give it one, tiny taste. And I was blown. AWAY. This oatmeal literally tasted like dessert to me. It could be that I sweetened it with real, organic maple syrup, which I have a ridiculous addiction to, or it could just be the method and the smell and my maturing palate or whatever. In any case, this stuff is amazing and you should definitely give it a try. And if I am way out of the loop with my oatmeal love, and you have been eating it this way for years, humor me and pretend that you’ve never before heard of this crockpot deliciousness.
The Very Best Crockpot Steel-Cut Apple Cinnamon Oats
2 cups organic steel-cut oats
5 cups water
2 or 3 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped
Lots of cinnamon, to your taste. (I probably put 2 or 3 tablespoons)
Toppings: Butter, whole milk or cream, real maple syrup or brown sugar
Put all of the ingredients in the crockpot, stir, and set on the lowest setting. My crockpot has time settings, so I chose the 10 hour setting so it was really low, and because I put this on at like 9 at night so it would be ready right about breakfast time at the latest, which it was. In the morning, it’s ready to eat! I topped ours with real maple syrup, a little butter, and a bit of organic cream. And it was absolutely delicious!