Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Apples and Cranberries
Total time: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time on low: 6 hours
1 cup steel-cut oats
3-1/2 cups of water
1-1/2 cups of peeled and chopped apples
1 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
Place the steel cut oats, water, apple, cranberries, brown sugar and vanilla extract into a slow cooker. Stir to combine to dissolve the sugar.
Put the cover on the crockpot, set to "low" and cook for 6 hours.
I usually double the ingredients. I like to freeze in 1-cup portions, and then if we are in a hurry, I take it out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave for roughly 3 minute. That is just a guideline as I know microwaves can vary in cooking times.
This is one of my favorite breakfasts, and seems especially good when it is cold outside. It reminds me of when my mother sent us off to school, well fortified after eating a bowl of hot ‘porridge‘, on a rather chilly and foggy morning in the middle of winter.