Slow Cooker Fruited Irish Oatmeal
Top of the morning to you! Have you ever tried steel-cut oats, also known as Irish oatmeal? Unlike rolled oats or instant oatmeal, steel-cut oats take a long time to cook and therefore are a great fit for the crock-pot. Irish oatmeal is chewier and nuttier in flavor than other types of oatmeal. In addition, because Irish oatmeal is less processed than rolled oats or instant oatmeal, it is higher in fiber, B vitamins, calcium and protein. There is even some evidence that Irish oatmeal can help lower cholesterol levels. What more is there to say, give it a try for yourself! This recipe is filled with dried fruits, maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon. I like to add a bit of milk on top and sometimes even a handful of toasted walnuts. Now that is a breakfast of champions!
SLOW COOKER FRUITED IRISH OATMEAL
5 cups water
2 cups steel-cut Irish oats (the granular type in tin containers)
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup dried apricots or mango
1/4 cup maple syrup
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
Brown sugar or maple syrup
Chopped toasted walnuts
1. In a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker, combine water, oats, apple juice, cranberries, raisins, apricots or mango, maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.
2. Cover slow cooker and cook on low setting for 6 hours, or on high for 3 hours.
3. Serve oatmeal with brown sugar or maple syrup, chopped nuts, and milk, if desired. Serves 8-10.
Note: This oatmeal reheats well in a microwave; or it can be frozen in individual containers.
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