Tried it! Slow Cooker Overnight Baked Apple Oatmeal

Are you looking for something easy to eat on the first day back to school?  You want to feed the kids something good, but don't want to spend a lot of time cooking it?  I tried a slow-cooker oatmeal recipe last night.




As written, the recipe was not quite sweet enough.  But, I always try to limit sugar, so I didn't want to start with too much. 
Here are some changes that I'll make for next time.
  • The key to overnight oatmeal is using Steel cut oats.  They apparently stand up better to the long, slow, cooking process.  I used Old Fashioned oats, which still got a little mushy.  But, definitely do not use quick-oats. 
  • I used apples in this recipe because I thought with apple season beginning, it would be like a yummy baked apple oatmeal.  Beginning of the season apples are usually the tart varieties.  I know that most apple desserts call for tart apples because you end up adding so much sugar.  So, I figured tart apples would be good.  I personally would rather have had a sweeter apple.  I'll try this recipe again once the sweeter apples are ready at the apple farms.  
  • I didn't put any salt in the recipe, because truthfully, I always forget about salt!  It definitely needs salt beginning the night before.   I'll start with 1/4 tsp. next time.  We can always add salt the next day.  But, really, american food in general has way too much salt!
  • There was a little more liquid than I like in my oatmeal.  I'm sure the apples contributed water also, so I'll take that into account next time and use less water.
Those are the changes I will make for next time. 
Here is the recipe as written (without changes) for 3-5 servings.--Make your own tweaks and let us know!
1 1/2 cups Steel Cut Oats
6 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
3 small apples, peeled and sliced (I used a tart variety)
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, cut into 1/2 Tbsp. pieces
1 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp cinnamon

Directions
Put apples slices in bottom of slow cooker.  Put butter pats on top of apples.  Mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together in small bowl.  Put half of mixture on top of apples.  Pour oats over apples.  Mix vanilla extract with water and milk.  Pour water/milk mixture over oats and apples. Sprinkle with the remaining cinnamon/brown sugar mixture. Cook on low for 9 - 10 hours.


I added walnuts and more cinnamon to mine in the morning.  And had it with my coffee. Yummy start to the day.  But, I will make the changes I talked about above for next time.


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