Hearty Oats and Grains

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.

Yield: Serves 8
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Recipe Time

Hands On: 10 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 15 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 292
  • Fat: 7.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.1g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 3.5g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbohydrate: 53.8g
  • Fiber: 5.8g
  • Cholesterol: 2mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 162mg
  • Calcium: 84mg


  • 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. 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. 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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