Slow Cooker No-Peel Apples and Steel-Cut Oats

How do you plan ahead for breakfast when you’re heading out of town the next day, and you want something hearty and healthy? Also, when I’m looking for recipes, “no-peel” apple or pear recipes always catch my eye. The quicker the better, and why not add more fiber? “)

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My daughter talked me into buying steel-cut oats last week, and she tried this recipe on the stove. I’m so glad she did – it was a huge hit with our family, especially with the apples.

We loved the nutty flavor of the oats, the texture, you can even add Greek yogurt on top or blueberries or bananas.

So why choose Steel-cut oats?

“As we all know, whole grains are vital to a healthy lifestyle. Steel-cut oats offer a nuttier alternative to the rolled oats most people know.Steel-cut oats are essential grains which are full of nutritional value, rich in B-vitamins, calcium, protein and fiber while low in sodium and unsaturated fat. In fact, just one cup of steel-cut oats contains 8g of fiber.” == READ MORE, HERE.

Before leaving town, we pulled out the slow cooker, added the ingredients (don’t you just love a recipe where you don’t have to peel the apples?) before we went to bed, and the next morning we were set – Breakfast was Served!

Oh, and by the way, this recipe is delicious left over.

Do you like slow cooker breakfast meals?

Slow Cooker No-Peel Apples and Steel-Cut Oats
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Slow Cooker No-Peel Apples and Steel-Cut Oats

Cook overnight and wake up to hot breakfast ready to serve!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 10 minutes
Yield: 6
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  • 2 apples, un-peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-3 cups chopped)
  • 3 cups milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Walnuts, serve on top after cooked


  • Spray inside of a large slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except walnuts) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on LOW for 7 hours.
  • Serve oatmeal in bowls; add walnuts. You can also add raisins, any other fresh fruit or dried fruit, other nuts or maple syrup.
  • Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freeze in individual servings if desired.
  • To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave-proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
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