Carmel Apple Oatmeal in the Crockpot

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Last week was not a great food week in my house.  I was sick and nothing sounded tasty at all, but my family and I needed to eat so I made the easiest comfort food I could think of.  I love cooked oatmeal but standing over the stove on a busy morning just doesn’t happen in my house!  Instead, I prepped all the ingredients and tossed it in the crockpot on low overnight.

The best part about this recipe is you can prep it right before bed and you wake up to a delicious hot breakfast!  Over the summer I’ll probably swap out apples for some ripe peaches, which I think will be fantastic.  The trick is to layer the fruit and brown sugar on the bottom of the crockpot and then place the oats and milk on top, this will really caramelize the apples and give it a great flavor. I like to leave the skins of the apples on for some added fiber.

2 pounds apples, chopped

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups oats (not instant)

2 cups milk

1 cup water

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

Core and chop apples into bite-sized pieces.  Layer apples, brown sugar and cinnamon on the bottom of a greased crock pot.  Layer oats on top.

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Mix together milk, water, and eggs.  Pour wet mixture over the oats, cover the crockpot and cook on low for about 8 hours.

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I cooked mine for about 9 hours and the edges were getting a little crispy, which I thought was pretty delicious but if you don’t want crispy edges aim for a cook time of about 8 hours.

 

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Overnight Oats with Kale, Chia and Flax

This recipe makes it so easy to start your day off right! I like to make this the night before and grab it on my way out the door. The key is to chop the kale super fine so it blends in with the fruit.

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Ingredients:

1/3 cup oats (not instant)

1/3 cup fat free milk

1/3 cup fat free greek yogurt

1 Tablespoon chia

1 Tablespoon ground flaxseeds

1 large kale leaf, chopped

1 cup mixed berries

1 Tablespoon honey

1 Tablespoon sliced almonds

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Mix oats, yogurt, milk, chia and flaxmeal together. The mixture will be a little watery, but the oats will soak up all the liquid at they sit overnight.

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Heat the berries and kale in a saucepan on the stove, cook until the berries burst. I usually mash them up a bit to mix in the kale.

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In a mason jar layer half the fruit and a tablespoon of honey.

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Next, fill with the oat mixture and top with sliced almonds. Place the rest of the fruit on top and you are done! Let this set overnight and enjoy it in the morning.

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