The soothing aroma of fresh oatmeal makes this dish the ultimate comfort food. Savor happiness in a bowl with the flavors of brown sugar, cinnamon, and maple syrup topped with chopped hazelnuts and apples.
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
1 1/2 cups water
2 Gala apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)
1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons hazelnuts, chopped
How to Make It
Bring milk and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.
Coat a 3 1/2-quart electric slow cooker with cooking spray. Place hot milk mixture, apple, and next 5 ingredients (through salt) in slow cooker; stir well. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 hours or until oats are tender.
Spoon oatmeal into bowls; top with maple syrup and hazelnuts.
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This is the exact same recipe plus the syrup and nuts and the exta boiling step (not needed) that I found on "theyummylife.com" months ago. It was so great even In my tiny slow cooker and it cooks faster than written. The result is just perfectly creamy and sweet but more spices are needed. I use any apples that I happen to have that are old or soft for cooking. This is one of the few recipes I've made four or five times almost in a row, taking out leftovers and heating with milk to eat during the week. I use almond milk. Solid favorite!
This is a great way for me to move away from instant pouches of oatmeal & introduce the whole family to good oatmeal. I made it as per recipe or first run & it was good but will tweak next time to improve for sure! Texture was good but taste a bit bland & i hoped to wake up to a house smelling of warm cinnamon but that wasn't the case. Will add more cinnamon & sugar next time & maybe extra apple but will leave out the butter as i think that just added unnecessary calories!
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