Overnight Oats

In my opinion, the holidays are a time to eat, drink, and be merry with friends and family. One of my favorite things on the planet is cooking for others, especially breakfast. BUT as much as I love it, sometimes it's nice to be able to sleep in and have a quick and easy option (without it tasting quick and easy) that doesn't have you up and slaving over a stove anticipating when everybody's going to wake up. 

^ Oh yea, home renovation last year meant I cooked Xmas breakfast lunch and dinner on an electric griddle and in a toaster oven...on top of a washer. #pioneerwoman

Charley and I teach a kindergarten class at church on Sundays so we have to make sure we have something that's healthy and filling before we chase after kids or sit in church for 4+ hours sometimes. I prepare this Caramelized Apple Oatmeal the night before, pop it in the Crockpot, and it's good to go in the morning! 

Hint: If you slice the apple into sections, cuts those sections in half and lay them on top of each other with fat bottoms out-makes for a flatter cutting surface.

What you'll need:
1c steel cut oats
1.5c water
1.5 c skim milk
3 tspn cinnamon
3 tspn brown sugar
1.5 apples (diced)

Put all of it in a glass bowl (biggest size you can fit in your Crockpot), mix, and put in the crockpot. Pour water in the Crockpot, half way up the side of the glass bowl (don't overfill or it will boil over into your oatmeal and ruin the whole thing). Pop the top on, turn to low, and voila' breakfast is ready in 8 hours. You can add extras to it at the table like granola or maple syrup (we use Cary's sugar free syrup). Keep in mind that when the apples cook, they add a great deal of sweetness to it naturally. This serves about 4 people.

^ Before it starts to cook

^ When it's ready to be served

^ Breakfast bell-feel free to add pecans, syrup, granola, or chocolate chips.

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