Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats

Hi Friends!

A few weeks ago something tragic happened. I ran out of cereal for breakfast. If you know me at all, you know this is a major deal. However, I just didn’t have time to get to the store, and i NEED to eat breakfast, so I reached wayyyyyy back into the pantry and pulled out a bag of Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats I got from one of my foodie penpals several months ago.

I’d never had steel cut oats and to be honest I was kind of afraid of them! But when I found out you could make them in the crockpot, I decided to give them a whirl. So I looked up some recipes, tossed some oats, milk, water, strawberries, peaches, vanilla and cinnamon in the crockpot and hoped for the best.

When I woke up, I ate them for breakfast. They were alright. But not great. Kinda lacking in flavor. And it made A LOT of extras.

Oh well, I moved on. Then this past week, the same thing happened. Out of cereal. Need my breakfast. Still had steelcut oats in the pantry. I decided to give them one more try. But this time I changed a few things up. I cut the amount in half so I wouldn’t have as many leftover. I used 1/2 milk, 1/2 water instead of mostly water. I added pumpkin! I used apples instead of strawberries and peaches. And I cooked them in a bowl, inside the crockpot.

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The result? Much better! Much more flavor, and cooking them in the bowl AND adding them pumpkin made them creamier. I also added toppings which I didn’t do the first time!

Before cooking:

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After cooking:

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So here’ the winning recipe:

Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats
 
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Nothing says fall like this hearty breakfast recipe that’s a snap to prepare and as healthy as it is delicious.
Serves: 3-4

Ingredients
  • 1 c skim milk
  • 1 c water
  • ¾ c pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ c steelcut oats
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • nuts & agave or maple syrup for topping

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except the nuts and agave in a heat proof bowl.
  2. Place the bowl in the crockpot.
  3. Fill the crockpot with water halfway up the side of the bowl.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  5. Serve topped with chopped nuts and a drizzle of agave or maple syrup.

 

So easy! You may be able to cook these longer. I just haven’t tried. If you’re cooking them straight in your crockpot without the bowl, beware that they will be very messy! And they will get brown around the edges so you’ll probably want to cook them less.

I store the leftovers in a Tupperware container and reheat in the microwave, adding a little milk if needed.

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Now for the fun part! Remember when I mentioned I used Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats? They’re one of my favorite companies. I LOVE their garbanzo bean flour and use it in my favorite Gluten-Free Banana Bread

 Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats

and Healthy Breakfast Bars!

 Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats

In addition to those two products, there are also several other Bob’s products that I love, including these three:

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I LOVE using wheat berries in dishes that I usually serve with rice! You may remember my Mexican wheat berries from dinner a couple of weeks ago, or my Asian Style wheatberries that I make all the time.

 Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats

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As for the whole wheat pastry flour? I LOVE baking with it. Just used some to make these Pumpkin Bran muffins last week. Still perfecting that recipe before I share it with you!

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And the pumpkin seeds? We all know how big of a fan I am of them in my yogurt bowls! I also add them to my salads and grind them up and put them in my burgers and sweet potato falafel!

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 Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crockpot Steelcut Oats

 The possibilites are endless! Plus, every time I make wheat berries, there’s always lots of people that have never had them or don’t know what they are. Well here’s your chance!

Wanna win the three Bob’s Red Mill products pictured above? {A bag of wheat berries, a bag of whole wheat pastry flour and a bag of pepitas}? Simply leave me a comment telling me your favorite Bob’s Red Mill product!

For an extra entry you can tweet the following:

I want to win some awesome @Bobs_Red_Mill products from @LeanGrnBeanBlog! Enter for your chance to win here: http://www.theleangreenbean.com/crockpot-steelcut-oats/

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I’ll pick a winner Friday, Sept 21, 2012 at 10pm EST. Giveaway open to US residents only.

Good luck!
–Lindsay–

Bob’s Red Mill provided me with the box of products above for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own.