Friday, February 6, 2009

Overnight Apple Oatmeal

I bought the Fix It and Forget BIG Cookbook a couple of weeks ago. Its the first crock pot cookbook I have ever seen that actually has some good looking recipes in it. It is filled with tons of ideas. I found this recipe in it and decided to give it a go. I am also posting this for the ladies on the fitness blog that I am a part of. If you are interested in joining the fitness blog for accountability, please visit Sandy. We've got some great members and Sandy is the best "coach". She would like me to post a healthy recipe once a week. I am going to try to do that, but it WILL be a challenge for me...y'all know how much I love me some butter and sugar! My plan is to post the "good for you" recipe on Fridays.

This recipe for oatmeal is definitely easy. Its nice to wake up to breakfast already made. Now..I must say..I didn't think it was anything to do flips over...it wasn't outstanding, but it sure beats a pack of nabs or even having absolutely nothing for breakfast. Its true that breakfast is our most important meal of the day. I decided to post it because someone might want to give it a try and possibly play around with it, adding different ingredients.



Overnight Apple Oatmeal

2 cups low fat milk
2 Tbsp. honey or 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup dry rolled oats
1 cup apples, chopped
1/2 cup raisins, optional
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup fat free half and half

Spray inside of slow cooker with non fat cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except half and half. Pour into cooker. Cover and cook on LOW overnight, ideally 6-8 hours. Stir in the half and half just before stirring.

A few tips..I used the honey instead of the brown sugar..I didn't think it was sweet enough..so I just added a packet of splenda to my bowl. You may want to experience with the brown sugar. You probably could just use more low fat milk before serving instead of the half and half as well. I had that on hand so I used it. (1/2 & 1/2)I set mine to cook for 7 hours and I think that was a little too much. Go for 6 hours!





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7 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

I think I'll stick with my Eggo wholegrain waffles. Quick & easy!
I'm not a huge oatmeal fan.

But I'm looking forward to more recipes! I do like using the crockpot!

Bonnie said...

Alyce, this looks delicious and I will bet my whole gang will like it. I will be making this on Saturday night for breakfast on Sunday morning! Keep those recipes coming!

Sandy at God Speaks Today said...

I'm not a walnut fan...wondering what else I could put in there. But the apples and raisins sound yummy.

Thanks for posting it. I'm linking you to Fitness Friday now.

:)

Sandy

Lindsey @ A New Life said...

Hmmmm. I think I'll have to pick up that cookbook! I love the crockpot because I have not been able to burn anything in it yet!!

Thank you for the sweet comment on my post today!

Shannon said...

I was wondering how you did this. It looks pretty good!

Robin Lynne said...

Ok, first things first: nice recipe! I actually can't stand oatmeal (but Joe likes it) so I might have to remember this one :)

Secondly, I haven't used my crockpot in about a year +/- SO I'm making a crock-pot roast today :) (Of course I'll take pictures and throw together a haphazard recipe for posting)

Thirdly, I *think* this recipe would be similar to the cake I posted on my blog:
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,166,151184-228196,00.html

That recipe calls for frosting the cake with the mousse, but I'd probably put it in between layers and use some chocolate frosting on the outside (you never can have too much chocolate!)

The frosting that the deli used was thick and fudgey like. That mousse and frosting are really what make the cake, I think.

Anywho.. hope you're having a great weekend! :)

-Robin Lynne

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I've never seen oatmeal in a crock pot before. I think the apples make it different from the average morning oatmeal. I'd definitely give it a try.