Hearty Oats and Grains

Hearty Oats and Grains Recipe

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

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.


Serves 8
Total time: 3 Hours, 15 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 15 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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


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.


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