Healthy steel cut oats loaded with apples, flavored with apple pie spice, and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Vegan and gluten free. Like eating dessert for breakfast!
Your slow cooker makes it easy! Freeze leftovers for a quick microwaveable breakfast.
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It’s so stinking cold out! But these steel cut oats are warm and sweet and, guess what, healthy!
Steel cut oats take longer to digest than rolled oats so you don’t get sharp insulin spikes and they’re whole grain. Plus, there’s apples. Lots of apples in every cozy bowlful!
I use my Homemade Apple Pie Spice for this recipe. You can use store bought apple pie spice but I bet you already have all of the ingredients. Or substitute cinnamon, but you won’t get the depth of flavor.
Start by giving your slow cooker a good spray with cooking spray.
Next, chop the apples. Not too fine, you want to know they’re there! I usually leave the skins on for this recipe, but you can peel them if you like.
I’m using Honeycrisp apples this time, but I’ve used Fujis before. Any firm cooking apple will work. You want something that will hold up and not get mushy during the long cooking time.
Add the apples to the slow cooker with the oats.
Be sure to use regular steel cut oats and not the 3 minute ones. And don’t use rolled oats, they won’t work for this recipe.
Next come the vanilla, maple syrup, apple pie spice, and salt.
Then add the light vanilla almond milk (I use Silk brand, you can find it in the refrigerated section with the other milks). This recipe works with any kind of milk so feel free to substitute. You may want to bump up the vanilla a weensy bit, though.
And finally add the water and give it a good stir.
Cook your steel cut oats on low for 7 hours or until the oats are nice and tender. Don’t forget to stir it a couple of times or it will stick around the sides.
When it’s done, scoop out a nice warm bowlful, sprinkle on your favorite toppings and enjoy!
Let them cool and pop them into the freezer for a quick, microwaveable breakfast.
If you’re short on time, be sure to check out this Quick and Easy Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal.
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