Friday, September 9, 2011

Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal

I have always Loved Oatmeal. I can eat it plain, cold, hot, sweetened, or savory. I love it! However, I have been blessed with a family of  the pickiest eaters EVER! I would love to say that it's only my kids, but my husband can be a bit picky at times too. He doesn't love to try new things very often. One of the things that I have never been able to get him to eat is Oatmeal. That is, until this recipe! Now, he requests this several times a week.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it is made the night before and makes enough for several days of eating.

Crock Pot Apple Pie Oatmeal

3 Cups Water
1 1/2 - 2 Cups Apple Juice
1 1/2 Cups STEEL CUT Oats. (Sometimes called Irish oats. Do Not use Rolled oats)
2 Apples chopped with skin (about the size for a fruit salad)
1/2 cup Raisins
1 TBS Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1 tsp Allspice
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Vanilla, or the seeds from 1 scraped vanilla bean (oh so good this way)

Place all ingredients in the crock pot, stir, cover, and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. When cooked, stir again, and serve.

*Tips for success* 
  • Works best in the type of crockpot that has a plastic lid. The glass lid crockpots cook much hotter and keep in more moisture. This will make your oatmeal soupy and could burn it. If you have one of those type of crockpots put in less liquid and turn it as low as possible. This may help.
  • Some people also find that it sticks to their crock pot. You can spray the inside with cooking spray first if you find this to be true for you. It doesn't stick to my crock pot.
  • Even if you don't like raisins, they add sweetness the oats and will be missed if you leave them out. I have also used dried cherries and walnuts, which was very good. 
  • For many it is plenty sweet as is, but can be served with brown sugar, milk, or vanilla yogurt.



  1. WOW I wanted to lick the computer screen the pic looks just. That. Good. Most definitely am making a list for the grocery store! My hubs loves all things oatmeal, and he will devour this!

  2. LOL Rebekah! The visual I had when you said you wanted to lick the computer screen. FUNNY! You might have to play a bit with how it works in your crock pot. For mine it needs 6 hours on low with the full 2 cups of apple juice. But if I do that in my moms crock pot it is too mushy. So play with it. See what you think. Blessings! Kari

  3. Sorry Becky, Rolled oats don't work. The steel cut oats take a longer time to cook. Rolled oats would be total mush. Steel cut oats are very good though. I like them better now that I switched. Have you ever tried cooking with them?