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Hearty Oats and Grains

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 3 hrs, 15 mins
Yield Serves 8
When you have a house full of holiday guests who'd enjoy a wholesome, hearty breakfast at their own pace, the slow cooker can come to your rescue. Get it going first thing, and let folks serve themselves when they're ready to eat.


  • Cooking spray
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups apple cider (such as Zeigler's)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup 7-grain blend (such as Laurel Hill)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk, warmed
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced apple
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts

Nutrition Information

  • calories 292
  • fat 7.3 g
  • satfat 1.1 g
  • monofat 0.8 g
  • polyfat 3.5 g
  • protein 8 g
  • carbohydrate 53.8 g
  • fiber 5.8 g
  • cholesterol 2 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 162 mg
  • calcium 84 mg

How to Make It

  1. Coat the inside of a 6-quart electric slow cooker with cooking spray. Place 3 cups water and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in cooker, stirring well. Cover and cook on LOW for 3 hours.

  2. Spoon 2/3 cup oat mixture into each of 8 bowls; top each with 2 tablespoons milk, 2 teaspoons syrup, 3 tablespoons apple, and 1 tablespoon nuts.

Cook's Notes

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