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Sugar-free slow cooker steel-cut oatmeal

Assemble this oatmeal recipe before bed and wake up to the smell of cinnamon wafting through the house. You need to use a slow-cooker for this recipe and hunt down steel-cut oats, but it’s worth the trouble.

Steel-cut oats are the original oat groat that is sliced into several pieces instead of rolled. They aren’t as popular as rolled oats, because steel-cut oats take about ½ an hour to cook on the stovetop (you’ll use a slow cooker for this recipe though, so cooking time won’t matter!)

Steel-cut oats can be found in most grocery stores. However, they’re often sold in small packages and are more expensive than other kinds of oats. If you like this recipe, it’s worth finding a place that sells them in larger quantities at a more reasonable price! For example, my local Costco sells a 10-pound package for around $10.

If you want to keep this recipe low in sugar, omit the raisins.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats (Irish oats)
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup raisins (optional)
  • ⅓ cup Splenda (or stevia to equal ⅓ cup sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • cooking spray


Directions

  • Lightly spray the ceramic bowl of a slow cooker (crock pot) with cooking spray.
  • Core the apple, and cut it in to large chunks. (You can leave the peel on.)
  • In a medium bowl, mix the apple, sweetener, and cinnamon.
  • Add steel cut oats to the slow cooker, and sprinkle the raisins (optional) and the apple-cinnamon mixture on top.
  • Add the water and turn the slow cooker on low.
  • Cook for approximately 8 hours, or overnight.
Variations: Try using a pear instead of an apple, or add other dried fruit. Fresh berries (e.g. blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) tend to disintegrate in the slow cooker, so add them at serving time.
Slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal Serves 4
Calories 169
Total Fat 2.7g
Total Carbohydrate 35.0g
   Dietary Fibre 6.8
   Sugars 3.5
Protein 6.2
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