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Cinnamon Apple Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I honestly can’t remember for the life of me where I first saw the recipe this was inspired from but I’ve had it saved for years and it’s a delicious way to have oatmeal ready to go when you wake up. Instant oatmeal loses nutrition and is more processed than steel cut oats. So any time you can make oats from scratch and use steel cut over the other you want to go for it!

Instant vs Cooked vs Steel

As far as oats go they all come from the same grain, but here is the difference:

  • Steel-cut oats = groats (the inner kernel with the inedible hull removed) of whole oats which have been chopped into two or three pieces., they are cut in a different direction giving them a different look; however, they are less processed and more “whole”.
  • Rolled oats = oats that have been husked and crushed and rolled a bit thinner. This allows for quicker cooking than steel cut oats because they are thinner.
  • Instant oatmeal = rolled oats that are thinned even further to allow for faster cooking yet.

So if they all come from the same source, why is there a difference?

  1. As the oats get thinner they become higher and higher on the glycemic index meaning they are digested faster and raise blood sugar faster.
  2. This faster absorption also makes instant oats less satisfying because they are digested so much faster. The higher blood sugar also leads to hunger.
  3. Instant oat packets are also usually loaded with added sugar, salt and artificial colorings. All of which make them less healthy.
  4. Rolled oats don’t take that much longer to cook. About 5-8 minutes compared to 2 minutes. Yes it’s different but not by much and when you consider the glycemic difference and difference in satisfaction it’s worth it. Good things come to those who wait right? 🙂
  5. Buying a larger container is also more cost effective plus you can add fresh or frozen berry’s and the sweetener of your choice making it a cleaner choice as well.

This recipe is the perfect way to get the “quick” morning breakfast without adding more time to your morning!


Cinnamon Apple Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Yield: 6-8 servings

Add more cinnamon, fruit, raisins, nuts or anything you desire to change the taste!2307033199_bb6464bb0d_z
  1. Coat slow cooker with cooking spray or use a bagged liner
  2. Combine all ingredients and stir to mix well
  3. Cook on low for 6-7 hours

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About Sue Peters

Sue Peters
I'm a wife and a mom of 2 wonderful kiddos & my mission is to make a difference in the health and lives of others. I love living healthy but it wasn't always this way. I had a difficult journey fighting for my own health and it changed my life: for the better and forever! I love sharing what I learned. I hope to inspire your healthy journey!

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