Monday, August 21, 2017

Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal


Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal is a simple recipe that is bursting with flavor. Sweet and creamy oatmeal speckled with chunks of apple and cranberry is a new favorite around here. Prep it the night before, then just dump it all in your slow cooker and let it cook while you get ready for the day or cook it overnight if you prefer. It is absolutely amazing and will surely be a family favorite.


I am not a morning person, so as much as I enjoy a hot breakfast and love for Munchkin to have a really great breakfast, I am beyond standing in front of a stove most mornings. Enter the crockpot breakfast. Brilliant!

Oatmeal, pancakes and waffles are our favorite breakfast options around here. My 7-year-old could eat them everyday for the rest of her life and be a happy girl.

As picky as she is about eating, I love to make her a hot breakfast that I can feel good about.  I have been making banana oatmeal for years, prepared in a saucepan, and freezing it for quick and easy breakfasts.

Of course that involves standing over the stove using valuable morning time. So, I started making this crockpot version with some of her favorite fruit, which frees me up from having to stand over the stove. Apples and cranberries are in the tops for favorite fruit.

Needless to say she went crazy over this oatmeal. She devoured 2 bowls and couldn't stop raving about it.

My favorite part was prepping it the night before. Storing in a ziptop bag and dumping it all in the crockpot in the morning and letting cook while I was getting ready for the day. By the time we are ready to eat the oatmeal is perfectly cooked and absolutely amazing.

Cranberry Apple Crockpot Oatmeal is sweet, creamy and bursting with flavor. Prep it the night before, then just dump it all in your crockpot and let it cook while you get ready for the day. It is absolutely amazing and will surely be a family favorite. 

Enjoy!

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Apple Oatmeal
SERVES 4 | ACTIVE TIME 5 Min | TOTAL TIME 1 Hour 5 Min
 
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups apples, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
1/2 cup craisins
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
4 cups water

Prepare your 5 quart slow cooker by spraying slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.

Add oats, apples, craisins, brown sugar, butter and salt. Pour water over top and stir to combine. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or low for 1-1/2 - 2 hours.

Serve and enjoy!

DONNA'S NOTES: To prepare the night ahead: add apples, craisins and butter to a zip lock bag. Refrigerate. Combine oats, brown sugar and salt to a separate zip top bag. Set aside. In the morning pour both bags into slow cooker, add water and turn on.

To reheat oatmeal, add a splash of water or milk to a 1 cup of oatmeal and microwave for 1 minute (more as necessary).

Overnight cooking method: Follow recipe as listed, cooking on low for 6-8 hours. Oatmeal will be very soft and porrage-like. 

Recipe developed by Donna Elick - The Slow Roasted Italian
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