SLOW COOKER WEEK: APPLE CINNAMON HAPPY BELLY OATMEAL - Sweet Potato Chronicles - Sweet Potato Chronicles


Say hello to my lit­tle friend. He's the All-Clad Elec­tric Slow Cooker with Ceramic insert. In other words, he's my chef. (I like mak­ing my appli­ances mas­cu­line because it sati­ates some strange fan­tasy I have about a legion of male chefs work­ing for me in the kitchen. Don't judge.) I'll meet you back here another day with great din­ner ideas from Mr. All-Clad, but I couldn't resist the idea of doing a break­fast. I imag­ined a morn­ing that would run smoothly because a hot, healthy and hearty break­fast was just wait­ing around for us. No prepa­ra­tion on my end other than the lengthy dis­cus­sion of why the Dora bowl is bet­ter than the Win­nie the Pooh bowl. (I swear this hap­pens to me.)

I found this apple and cin­na­mon oat­meal extrav­a­ganza in one of my favorite mag­a­zines, Cana­dian Liv­ing. (Fine. Yes, they did just vote us one of the best Cana­dian blogs, but I loved them before.) This entire process is really hard so you should change the printer's ink car­trage in order to accom­mo­date the reams of paper you'll need to make a copy of this baby.…Ok…here goes.…

Apple Cin­na­mon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

1 cup steel cut Irish oat­meal
1 cup diced, dried apples (I used fresh)
1/3 cup raisins (optional)
2 table­spoons brown sugar
1 tea­spoon cinnamon


Com­bine oat­meal, apples, brown sugar, raisins and cin­na­mon stick and 4 cups of water in slow cooker. Cover and cook for about 2 hours. Remove and serve when oat­meal has thick­ened and is tender.

Did you get all that?

I pre­pared the oats the night before so I only had to reheat them in the morn­ing. I omit­ted the raisins because I have a thing about cooked raisins. They're just bloated and mushy ants to me when cooked. The process required such minis­cule effort that I kept check­ing to make sure I wasn't miss­ing any­thing. In the morn­ing, I warmed it on the stove with a lit­tle milk and we had a yummy break­fast with plenty of time to dis­cuss why our cat (accord­ing to Scar­lett) shouldn't clean her­self with her mouth (that really hap­pens to me too).



  1. Jean says:

    That sounds really yummy. I like my oat­meal very thick…yes you could slice it and serve it as a very soft cookie…One day quite by sud­den inspiration…(and left over ingre­di­ents from bak­ing) I added..(to a basic oat­meal and water mix­ture done on the stove top) apple sauce, pump­kin puree, trail mix (nuts and dried fruits),powdered, nut­meg, cin­namin, cloves…and at the bot­tom of the serv­ing bowl..I sliced some banana..and I put one or two slices on the top..just for was soooooooooooo good…topped with a bit of brown sugar and milk.…you could use soy milk as an alternative…yum

  2. […] out­side the box once again we find a new idea for din­ner… apple cin­na­mon oat­meal cooked in the slow cooker. A great idea and a great taste […]

  3. Debbie L. Gunn says:

    I add cran­ber­ries and wal­nuts to mine when I make it. Boy, is it so yummy!!!!

  4. Ceri Marsh says:

    That's a great idea — do you use dried cran­ber­ries? Dried blue­ber­ries would be great, too. Thanks so much for reading!!

  5. […] I am attempt­ing to make slow-cooker oat­meal for break­fast. The recipe…I decided on THIS one (although one quick search through pin­ter­est will prove that Apple Cin­na­mon Slow-Cooker Oatmeal […]

  6. Kristen says:

    Hi, we absolutely love this recipe! The one down­fall is that it only needs 2 hours in the slow cooker, so we assume we would have to get up in the mid­dle of the night if this was to be break­fast. Is it pos­si­ble to turn it on at night before going to bed, or does this just mess too much with the recipe? thanks!

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