Friday, February 14, 2014

Slow-Cooked Apple Raisin Oatmeal

Left: Apple Raisin Oatmeal in Crock Pot
Right: Plated Apple Raisin Oatmeal
This is the easiest ever crock pot recipe for downright delicious oatmeal! The only problem is that I have to manually turn on and off my crock pot, so had to stay awake until midnight the night before to turn it on. It cooked for 8.5 hours overnight and it's so hard to describe the incredible aroma that permeated throughout the house this morning.

Oatmeal has always been a favorite breakfast item going all the way back to our childhood in Darjeeling, India. The weather in Darjeeling was often cold and damp and the luxury of having a hot bowl of oatmeal was an infrequent affair because it was reserved for uneventful weekends which were few and far between. 

Mum always salted her oatmeal as it was cooking that adds a special touch to this dish. I left the peel on the Fuji apples which cooked down to a super soft consistency and yet managed to retain some texture and shape. The raisins absorbed as much liquid as they could and came out plump and juicy. And there's no describing the texture of the oatmeal which was soft and totally delicious! 
It's so easy to do that there's no excuse not to cook oatmeal this way from here on out and you can look forward to a most aromatic oatmeal breakfast the next morning.


2 cups Quaker's old fashioned oats
2 apples, cored and sliced
1 cup golden raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
2 cups milk
2 cups water
Pure maple syrup to taste

  1. Place apples in an even layer at the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Sprinkle raisins, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt over  apples.
  3. Sprinkle oatmeal in a even layer over top and add milk and water.
  4. Do not stir.
  5. Turn slow cooker on low and cook overnight for 8.5 hours.
  6. Pour pure maple syrup to taste over oatmeal before serving.
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