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Hearty Oats and Grains

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 Light DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves 8
  • Hands-on:10 Minutes
  • Total:3 Hours, 15 Minutes


  • 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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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

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