Sunday, November 1, 2015

Monday Food Post - Cranberry-Apple Crockpot Oatmeal

We had friends staying overnight at the weekend and I served this for breakfast.  It was well received and I've already shared the recipe.  Great company!  A fun weekend.

This recipe comes from Donna of The Low Roasted Italian which you can find here.  The actual recipe can be found on this page

Cranberry-Apple Crockpot Oatmeal

Serves 4

4 cups water

2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups apples, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup craisins (dried cranberries)
1/8 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 teaspoon salt

Using a 5 quart crockpot, spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray.

Add all the ingredients.  Stir to combine.  Cover and cook on high for 1 hour or on low for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

Donna suggests preparing this the night ahead.  Add apples, craisins and butter to a ziploc bag and refrigerate.  Combine oats, brown sugar and salt to a separate ziploc bag.  Set aside.  In the morning pour both bags into slow cooker, add water, stir and turn on.

To reheat oatmeal, add a splash of water or milk to a 1 cup of oatmeal and microwave for 1 minute (more if necessary). 

Overnight cooking method:  follow recipe as listed, cooking on low for 6-8 hours.  Oatmeal will be very soft and porridge-like.

What did I think of this dish?  I enjoyed it a whole lot, just what I needed on a cold morning, and the addition of the apples and craisins was very yummy.  Gregg is not an oatmeal guy so the first time I made it (and I have made it several times now), I put the rest in individual dishes and popped them into the freezer.