Overnight Apple Pie Porridge

To make sure we all start the day with a healthy breakfast, I’ve been experimenting with putting things in the slow cooker at night and serving them for breakfast in the morning.  Here is a family favorite, which I’ve set up based on Nurture’s Recipe Framework for a Slow Cooker.

Ingredients:
-1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
2 apples, washed and chopped (I use my apple slicer and then just chop the pieces a little more)

Liquid (this is also your dairy serving)

-1 ¾ cup milk*
-1 1/2 cup water
*If you are looking for a dairy-free recipe, substitute with almond milk, rice milk or another substitute.

Seasonings
-2 Tablespoons brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-¼ teaspoon salt
-1 ½  Tablespoons butter (this is optional but I like the flavor)

-Add ins:  maple syrup, additional milk or butter, ground flax seed if you like
-Add ins:  chopped walnuts, chopped almond
-Add ins:  bananas, raisins, dried cranberries or other dried fruit

Directions:

Spray your slow cooker with olive oil spray.  Combine everything above EXCEPT “Add-ins”.  You will add in these add-in items once the dish is cooked.  Cook in slow cooker on low for about 7 hours, or if you make a double batch you can leave it at least another hour.  If you are doing this overnight and you want to sleep longer (which I do), just add more liquid and it will be fine for longer.  Add another ½ cup to 1 cup of liquids if you are going to sleep longer.

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