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Crock-Pot Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 7 hours

Recipe makes: 4 servings

What you need:

  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 1 cup skim milk (or milk substitute, such as almond or soy milk)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chopped nuts

Equipment and supplies:

  • Slow cooker
  • Measuring cups and spoons

What to do:

  1. Place oats, milk, water, applesauce, and cinnamon into the slow cooker. Stir, cover, and set to low.
  2. Cook for 7 hours. (See tip below if you are cooking overnight.)
  3. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon of the nuts and enjoy! You can also top your oatmeal with 1 tablespoon of raisins, but this will increase the amount of sugar you're eating.

Nutritional analysis (per serving):

  • 230 calories
  • 8g protein
  • 5g fat
  • 1g sat. fat
  • 39g carbohydrate
  • 6g fiber
  • 0mg cholesterol
  • 35mg sodium
  • 10g sugars

Serves: 4

Serving size: 1 cup

Tip: You can make this recipe in advance and refrigerate it for later use. It will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days. If the oatmeal is refrigerated or if it cooks longer than 7 hours, it will firm up. To bring back its creamy consistency, simply add ½ cup of low-fat milk or water for every cup of cooked oatmeal. Stir until it loosens up and microwave it for 1-2 minutes to make it hot again.

Date reviewed: June 2015