Slow Cooker Week: Apple Cinnamon Happy Belly Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Week: Apple Cinnamon Happy Belly Oatmeal

Say hello to my little friend. He’s the All-Clad Electric Slow Cooker with Ceramic insert. In other words, he’s my chef. (I like making my appliances masculine because it satiates some strange fantasy I have about a legion of male chefs working for me in the kitchen. Don’t judge.) I’ll meet you back here another day with great dinner ideas from Mr. All-Clad, but I couldn’t resist the idea of doing a breakfast. I imagined a morning that would run smoothly because a hot, healthy and hearty breakfast was just waiting around for us. No preparation on my end other than the lengthy discussion of why the Dora bowl is better than the Winnie the Pooh bowl. (I swear this happens to me.)

I found this apple and cinnamon oatmeal extravaganza in one of my favorite magazines, Canadian Living. (Fine. Yes, they did just vote us one of the best Canadian blogs, but I loved them before.) This entire process is really hard so you should change the printer’s ink cartrage in order to accommodate the reams of paper you’ll need to make a copy of this baby….Ok…here goes….

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut Irish oatmeal
1 cup diced, dried apples (I used fresh)
1/3 cup raisins (optional)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine oatmeal, apples, brown sugar, raisins and cinnamon stick and 4 cups of water in slow cooker. Cover and cook for about 2 hours. Remove and serve when oatmeal has thickened and is tender.

Did you get all that?

I prepared the oats the night before so I only had to reheat them in the morning. I omitted the raisins because I have a thing about cooked raisins. They’re just bloated and mushy ants to me when cooked. The process required such miniscule effort that I kept checking to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. In the morning, I warmed it on the stove with a little milk and we had a yummy breakfast with plenty of time to discuss why our cat (according to Scarlett) shouldn’t clean herself with her mouth (that really happens to me too).

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  1. Jean
    April 19, 18:55 Reply
    That sounds really yummy. I like my oatmeal very thick...yes you could slice it and serve it as a very soft cookie...One day quite by sudden inspiration...(and left over ingredients from baking) I added..(to a basic oatmeal and water mixture done on the stove top) apple sauce, pumpkin puree, trail mix (nuts and dried fruits),powdered, nutmeg, cinnamin, cloves...and at the bottom of the serving bowl..I sliced some banana..and I put one or two slices on the top..just for was soooooooooooo good...topped with a bit of brown sugar and could use soy milk as an alternative...yum
  2. [...] outside the box once again we find a new idea for dinner… apple cinnamon oatmeal cooked in the slow cooker. A great idea and a great taste [...]
  3. Debbie L. Gunn
    February 26, 16:39 Reply
    I add cranberries and walnuts to mine when I make it. Boy, is it so yummy!!!!
    • Ceri Marsh
      February 27, 21:01 Reply
      That's a great idea - do you use dried cranberries? Dried blueberries would be great, too. Thanks so much for reading!!
  4. [...] I am attempting to make slow-cooker oatmeal for breakfast. The recipe…I decided on THIS one (although one quick search through pinterest will prove that Apple Cinnamon Slow-Cooker Oatmeal [...]
  5. Kristen
    January 26, 00:27 Reply
    Hi, we absolutely love this recipe! The one downfall is that it only needs 2 hours in the slow cooker, so we assume we would have to get up in the middle of the night if this was to be breakfast. Is it possible to turn it on at night before going to bed, or does this just mess too much with the recipe? thanks!

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