Apple Maple Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC.
Are you ready for your breakfast-lovin’ mind to be completely blown? This healthy Apple Maple Oatmeal is so scrumptious and so easy. Throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker before going to sleep, let the slow cooker work its magic and wake up to the most lovely smell and delicious oatmeal you’ve ever tasted. You’ll be dreaming of breakfast all night long!
This Apple Maple Oatmeal is perfect for a large family breakfast or brunch, but it also works great as a make-ahead meal for breakfast throughout the week. I stored my cooked oatmeal in a covered container and each morning before work, I simply spooned out about 1 1/2 cups, added a splash of almond milk, heated it in the microwave for about 2 minutes, added a tablespoon of almond butter and a sprinkle of Oatmeal Raisin Granola. Voilà…a heavenly breakfast in a matter of 3 minutes!
Oatmeal keeps me satisfied and fuels my day better than any other breakfast. Whether I’m going for a run or simply going to work; I know that if I’m eating oatmeal for breakfast I won’t be hungry an hour later. I created this Apple Maple Oatmeal to be super clean and incorporated only good-for-you ingredients. For example; rather than using brown sugar, I used all-natural, pure Canadian maple syrup to give the oatmeal a lovely maple sweetness. Canadian maple syrup is 100% natural and made directly from the sap of the sugar maple tree. The sap is simply boiled down by 40 times to make syrup.
The tart honey crisp apple flavor is enhanced by the sweetness of the pure maple syrup and cinnamon. Truly a match made in heaven. Canadian maple syrup is the perfect sweetener in this all-natural, clean recipe. Canadian maple syrup is 100% natural and a great alternative to sugar. Because it is unprocessed, it contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including manganese, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. Fun fact- 1/4 cup of maple syrup contains as much antioxidant activity as a raw tomato or broccoli. Antioxidants protect our cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals from intense physical exercise.
Also, Canadian maple syrup is a natural energy source, providing you with simple carbohydrates that are easily broken down by the body into glucose and used for fuel during exercise.
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 3 cups water
- 1/4 cup Canadian Maple Syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 2 apples cored and cut into 1-inch pieces (I used 2 large honey crisp apples.)
- Optional toppings: chopped nuts chocolate chips, additional maple syrup, raisins, granola and/or nut butter
Spray a 5- to 6-qt slow cooker with a natural cooking spray.
Add the milk, water, maple syrup, vanilla, salt. Stir in the oats and apples.
Cook, covered, on low until apples are soft and the oats are are tender, about 7-8 hours.
Gently stir the oatmeal, then spoon into bowls. If desired; add additional milk and sprinkle with your favorite toppings. I topped my oatmeal with a splash of almond milk, a drizzle of maple syrup and a couple of tablespoons of Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Granola. Delish!
4, 1.5 cup servings without additional toppings
Total Fat 4.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 81.3 mg
Potassium 17.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 53.7 g
Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
Sugars 21.8 g
Protein 7.5 g
Through my partnership with Fitfluential, I was able to give maple water a try. Did you even know that maple water existed? I didn’t. I really enjoyed this new find. It tastes just like water with a slight hint of maple. I can definitely see using this in green smoothies, tea and coffee.
Something to think about….
Do you ever use Canadian maple syrup as the primary sweetener in your meals or treats? It’s good stuff!
Have you ever made oatmeal in the slow cooker? I love how easy it is. Oh… and that smell!
Steel-cut oats or rolled oats, which are your favorite?