No need to dream of a white Christmas…
And by the looks of the upcoming temperatures its not going anywhere for a while!
I’m feeling totally festive with the snow down & the presents all wrapped. I had the best weekend with Ryan, finishing our shopping & driving around looking at Christmas lights. Sunday we were snowed in and I think we listened to every Christmas song ever written and wrapped gifts until I ran out of paper! It’s so nice having him with me this season 🙂
If you live in the Fredericton area you HAVE to check out the Lincoln Light Show! It’s a sweet light display synced to music that you can tune your radio station to. The owners stand outside in the evenings for the 2 weeks before Christmas and collect donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They raised more than $29,000 over the last three years, including $13,000 last year alone (source).
Pretty amazing 🙂
In the food department, my go-to breakfast lately has been oats… but not just any oats! I thought I’d eaten oats in every way, shape or form one could possible eat oats. I was wrong… oh, so wrong. There is nothing like steel cut oats in the slow cooker with apples & cinnamon.
I’ve heard tell of this slow cooker oatmeal for a long time before I gave it a shot. I just thought, why bother when its so quick to make my quick oats in the morning?
Why bother?! Because these oats taste AMAZING and actually, they ARE much quicker in the mornings. You need about 10 minutes to prepare on a given evening, then you’ve got instant breakfast for 6 mornings or the next day for the whole family.
I have to thank my friend Jenna for sharing this recipe with me from Weight Watchers. I searched everywhere online for the recipe to link up WW but couldn’t find the version she gave me. So, today is your lucky day! From me to you, slightly adapted: the quickest, most delicious oats you can imagine. Merry Christmas 😉
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Adapted from Weight Watchers
Serves: Makes 6 x 3/4 cup servings
Calories: ~215 per serving
Prep time: 10 min
Total time: 4 hrs
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3 apples
- 4 cups water
- 1.5 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins (or other dried fruit)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Peel & chop apples into half inch pieces.
- Add oats, apples, oats, water, cinnamon & raisins to slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours, depending on how creamy you like your oats*.
- When finished cooking, stir in almond milk and maple syrup.
Transfer finished product to an air-tight container and pop a serving in the microwave or warm on the stove each morning for a quick breakfast. I also like to add in a little extra almond milk with each serving 🙂
*I cooked my first batch for 5 hours and my second for 4. Both were good but I preferred the texture of the 4-hour batch.