Monday, March 24, 2014

Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

 I saw this recipe on Facebook and decided to give it a try. I have to say, though, that I was a little skeptical as I was preparing it, because sometimes the recipes that people post of FB or Pinterest aren't all they're cracked up to be. But let me just tell you.... This one absolutely IS! I LOVED it! It was SO easy, and it was delicious and hearty and comforting and filled with all kinds of "start your day with a good breakfast". This is the perfect do ahead recipe for the family that has a hectic start every morning, trying to get everyone fed and out of the house on time for work or school. You just throw it together the night before, and breakfast is ready in the morning! Perfect, right? I'm not sure where the recipe originated, but it's definitely a keeper!

Nonstick spray
2 apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups oatmeal
4 cups water

Spray the inside of your crock pot with nonstick spray. Place the apple slices, brown sugar and cinnamon in the bottom. Pour the oatmeal and water on top. Do not stir. Cook on low overnight for 8-9 hours. It's just as simple as that!

 Be sure to spray your crock pot with nonstick spray before you make this. It makes for a MUCH better time of cleaning it afterwards.
 If you have a larger crowd to feed, I bet you could double or triple this recipe (if you have a large crock pot). I've never tried it, though, so this is just a guess. I'll have to give it a try.
I'm also wondering if this would work with peaches. I'll have to give that one a try too!!
 I topped mine with a few pecans, just to give a little crunch. You could also try a few walnuts or just a little granola. Next time I think I'll add a little freshness by topping it with a few fresh berries.
Love it!

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