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Slow Cooker Apple and Pumpkin Oatmeal


Slow Cooker Apple and Pumpkin Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple and Pumpkin Oatmeal

I have a slight love affair with using my crockpot for breakfast. I mostly do oatmeal, sometimes I'll change it up and do something different but oatmeal is so easy to throw in the night before and then you wake up and breakfast is ready. My kids often rebel when I put in extra flavorings, I don't know why because it's usually really good {if I do say so myself}. They just have a hard time with change I suppose. So I typically don't tell them I have changed anything. I just serve it up as usual and wait and watch to see what happens. The last time I made this {a very long time ago} I put chunks of pumpkin in. They were nice and soft and gave the oats a nice squashy flavor, but the kids REALLY noticed it. And didn't like it. So this time I happened to have some pureed pumpkin in the fridge for some reason so I tossed that in. They loved it. There was nothing left in the pan for the chickens {if they knew they would have been completely disappointed as oatmeal is one of their favorite treats}. So I would say this was finally a winner.
Slow Cooker Apple and Pumpkin Oatmeal
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 cups old fashioned, thick cut rolled oats
  • 3¾ cups water
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored and diced
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • maple syrup, molasses or brown sugar for serving
  • cream for serving
Preparation Instructions
  1. Place oats, water, salt, apples and pumpkin in a large crockpot (I use my 7.5q but a 6q could easily be used for this). Stir around to mix it.
  2. Place the lid on and turn the crockpot onto the lowest setting. I turn mine on at 10pm and I am sure it's probably ready in a couple hours but I am NOT getting up in the middle of the night to turn it off so I leave it until I get up at 5:30 and it's good to go, so about 7.5 hours. I have left it longer than that too and you might get a little browning on the bottom layer but it doesn't seem to affect the flavor at all so if you have the chance to sleep in, I would say go for it ;)
  3. Serve with sweetener of your choice and a little cream.
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