This Slow Cooker Oatmeal is one seriously delicious way to start off your day. Creamy and full of flavour, you’ll keep coming back for more!
Happy New Year guys! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year! Today I’m kicking things back off with this Slow Cooker Oatmeal. A healthy, delicious start to your day which is just perfect for these cold, winter mornings!
Before that, I just wanted to talk some more about the New Year. I cannot tell you how glad I am that 2019 is over. It was awful. I usually am not one for profoud statements about a new year, as I normally wake up feeling the same, but I genuinely woke up on January 1st with a whole new energy! I think it’s because I’ve focused so hard on getting to the end of 2019 and starting afresh in 2020.
This year is going to be all about working on myself to be the best version of me. I’m going to sort out my mental health and not let negative people get me down. I’ve left toxic people in 2019. I’m now just cutting anyone who negatively drains my energy from my life. No excuses, no explanations, I’m not dealing with it.
People have to make their beds and lie in them. I’m no longer going to be torn apart by trying desperately to get on and force a relationship. Relationships are a two way thing, so if you’re putting in no work, neither am I anymore.
It all affects me too much and I need to focus on me. I have always put other people’s needs above mine, but that has not turned out too well for me, so I’m going to practice some self-love and self-care this year.
I guess you could call it a New Year’s resolution, but I’m not really into them. It’s more of a lifestyle change.
Now, looking ahead, I am feeling SO inspired this year. I have so many ideas for content, I’ve started making beauty videos and want to continue with that. I also want to continue making amazing, delicious desserts and reviewing makeup. I am so ready for this year and hope it’s better than last year! Do you set new year’s resolutions? I’d love to know what your goals are!
Can we talk about this Slow Cooker Oatmeal? Oh my goodness, why have I never done this before?! Something magic happens in the slow cooker and it becomes the creamiest, most delicious oatmeal I’ve ever had! No other oatmeal I’ve had in my life compares to how amazing this slow cooker version is!
To make Slow Cooker Oatmeal, you just bung all the ingredients in the slow cooker, stir it every so often and allow the slow cooker to do all the work. Top tip: if your slow cooker runs hot, turn it down to the “keep warm” setting, so the oatmeal doesn’t burn.
This is a great recipe to feed the whole family, or you can make it at the weekend and then have enough for the week. It reheats really well too, I’ve been keeping mine in the fridge and then heating up some each day for breakfast. It’s just incredible and I now want to make lots of flavour combinations!
For this Slow Cooker Oatmeal, I decided to keep the flavours simple, but make one of my favourite oatmeal combinations ever; cinnamon and applesauce. My husband doesn’t like cinnamon, but even he was totally in love with this oatmeal and now he understands why I always have apple and cinnamon on my oatmeal!
I didn’t cook the oatmeal with the applesauce as it would have become mush, so I cooked the oatmeal with cinnamon and then used the applesauce as a topper.
This may not be the prettiest looking breakfast, but believe me when I say it’s absolutely divine. I don’t really care what my breakfast looks like as long as it’s relatively healthy and going to keep me full until lunch time. This ticks both boxes and I can’t wait to make more flavour combinations!
Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Cinnamon and Applesauce
- 2 cups (160g) rolled oats, not quick cook
- 1/2 cup (100g) light brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3 cups (720ml) milk
- 3 cups (720ml) water
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Applesauce, to serve
- Place the oats, sugar and cinnamon into your slow cooker and stir briefly. Add in the milk, water and vanilla extract and stir to ensure all the oats are coated in liquid.
- Place the slow cooker on low heat for 7-8 hours. If your slow cooker runs hot like mine, leave it on the "keep warm" setting instead of low. I cooked this on low for about 3 hours, it started burning around the edges, so I turned it down to "keep warm" for the final 4 hours and it turned out perfectly.
- Do not stir the oatmeal too much, you can give it a quick stir if you notice it sticking around the edge, but I would say only stir it a few times during the entire cooking period. You can make this overnight if you want, but I would not advise leaving any appliances unattended all night.
- The oatmeal will become thick and creamy and the oats soft when it's cooked. To serve, divide between bowls and top with 1-2tbsp of applesauce.
- Slow Cooker Oatmeal will keep in the fridge, covered, for 5 days. To reheat, place in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 2-2 1/2 minutes. (It depends how powerful your microwave is).