Apple season is one of my favorite produce seasons and one of my favorite snacks in the Fall months. Today I am sharing a recipe for slow cooked honeycrisp apple oatmeal that you are going to love for a warm and satisfying breakfast on these chilly Fall mornings. The best part about all of this though, is my incredible tip for getting creamy oats that won’t burn or stick to your slow cooker.
I am working with Walmart and they wanted me to share with you that the Apple Fest season is in full swing at the store. You may have noticed the huge display of fun apples, apple totes, and apple treats/dips that are now displayed in your produce section. One of the things that you may not have noticed though is that tags on each bin of apples shares exactly what each variety of apple is perfect for- whether it be salads, baking, or just eaten fresh. I found it really helpful when choosing which apples to use in my recipes and it can be a great way to experiment with a new variety of apple you haven’t tried before.
Often when it comes to baking, I reach for a Granny Smith apple. When researching different varieties of apples that are best to bake with, I discovered that the Honeycrisp Apple and the McIntosh apple were both great varieties to choose when baking. I decided to put the Honeycrisp Apple to work in an overnight oatmeal recipe.
I admit that I have never had good success with overnight oats. The oats were usually burnt or overcooked and I always had a hard time getting my slow cooker clean after a batch.
That is why I am so excited to share with you this easy technique to create a double boiler right in your slow cooker. Find a oven-proof dish that you can place inside of your slow cooker and spray it well with a little cooking spray. Place your oatmeal ingredients right inside of the the dish and then, using a liquid measuring cup, pour water around the dish to create a water bath. It doesn’t need to be really full, just an inch or so. Set your slow cooker to LOW and you will have perfectly creamy oatmeal with no burnt spots every single time.
I can’t wait for you to try this recipe in your kitchen!
- 1 cup steel cut oats (NO substitutions)
- 3½ cups milk (or milk substitute)
- 1 Honeycrisp apple, diced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the steel cut oats, milk, honeycrisp apple, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract into a slow cooker, and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar.
- Cover the cooker, set to Low, and allow to cook 6 to 7 hours (for firm oats) or 8 hours (for softer texture).
Looking for more apple recipes? Try my Baked Apple Pie Doughnuts, my oh-so-famous Cheddar Apple Pie Dip, add some googly eyes to them for a fun Halloween treat, or try these Simply Delicious Apple Pork Chops for an easy weeknight meal!