When the weather is cold and all you want to do is wrap yourself in a sweater, make this slow cooker apple cranberry oatmeal. It’s so easy to make (just pop it in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours) and it can cook while you are sleeping!
Christmas is just around the corner. How did that happen? I always feel like it takes forever for Thanksgiving to finally get here, and then it’s like a mad rush to get everything ready for Christmas. Maybe I’m alone in feeling that way?
When it comes to eating breakfasts, I want something low maintenance and easy to throw together. I don’t always have time to scramble eggs or follow a complicated recipe. What screams easy? A slow-cooker, of course!
Related: Stuffed Apple Cider Muffins
What I loved about using the slow cooker to make this oatmeal was that it was cooking while I was sleeping. What is better than that? I just loved how this tasted – and it will be feeding us in the mornings all Christmas week, which I love.
To cook this slow cooker apple cranberry oatmeal:
Simply add the water to your slow cooker. Then add the steel cut oats, cinnamon, 1 chopped apple, and cranberries. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Add the 2nd chopped apple when you have about an hour or so left to cook. You could add it with about 30 minutes left, just try to add it before it’s done cooking so that the apples aren’t super crunchy.
*Make sure you only use steel cut oats. Traditional oats won’t be able to handle the cook time.
Slow Cooker Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal
This recipe is 8 SmartPoints for 3/4 cup serving.
- 8 cups water
- 2 cups steel cut oats
- 2 apples finely chopped - divided
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- slivered almonds
Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker except the almonds. For the apples, add one chopped up apple with the other ingredients.
Add the other chopped apple when there is only an hour left of cook time. Cook on low for about 6 hours.
If this turns out to be bland, try adding more salt and cinnamon. You can also try adding honey to make it a bit sweeter. I would add 2 Tablespoons of honey to start and add more if needed.