It’s fall, and so apples have been chief on my menu these days. I needed to use up some apples that were getting overripe and I thought, “why not cook them with some oats in my under-used slow cooker?” And that’s how my apple pie oatmeal was born.
I used oat groats because they are high in fibre as well as protein. If you can’t get your hands on any oat grouts, you can use steel-cut oats (virtually the same thing only cut to reduce cooking time. If you use steel cut oats, you still would cook them for 6-8 hours). Next time I would add hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, oat bran, large rolled oats and/or oatmeal to change it up a bit and make it more nutritious.
1 1/2 cups oat groats (cook and use liquid according to package directions if you want to)
2 cups PureCoconut milk beverage (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
4 apples (cored, peeled and chopped; I used 1 Royal Gala and 3 McIntosh)
A pinch of salt
1/3 cup maple syrup (to taste)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp large shredded coconut
Oil your crock-pot/slow cooker. Put all ingredients (except coconut) in the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.
Top with shredded coconut and add more maple syrup or non-dairy milk if needed (I personally don’t like my oatmeal too clumpy). 🙂