Slow Cooker Oats- Makes 3-6 servings.
1 cup steel cut oats
3 1/2 cups water
1 cup peeled and chopped apples
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Extras- You can add dried fruits, nuts, seeds, or other additions you prefer either while cooking or use to top your oatmeal before serving
Place the steel cut oats, water, 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). You can freeze individual portions in the small 1 cup Ziploc containers. Then microwave frozen for 3 minutes for a quick breakfast.