Cinnamon

Happy Halloween! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate today/tonight? We lived at our old house for three years and never had any trick-or-treaters (not even one) so I’m pretty excited to stay home and see if we get any at our new place. I have a feeling we will because our new neighborhood seems pretty family oriented. I surely hope we have a few or else Isaac and I are going to have a lot of Kit Kats and Reese’s to eat. Although don’t worry, I’ve already done a little research and if we do have any leftover Kit Kats, I’m totally making these Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars. They look like something Isaac would love.

Btw, did you know that Tuesday, October 29 was National Oatmeal Day? Yeah, me neither… until I got on Facebook and saw that everyone posting about. I was a little sad because I had already eaten a big breakfast and it didn’t involve oatmeal, which meant that unless I was having oatmeal for dinner, I wouldn’t get to celebrate. Not that there’s anything wrong with oatmeal for dinner — I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had it before. I love breakfast for dinner. :)

Needless to say, I was craving oatmeal, so on Tuesday night I made a big batch of steel-cut oats in my crockpot. I’ve done overnight steel-cut oats on the stove top before but never in my slow cooker so I was apprehensive about how it would turn out.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oats

I put the ingredients together and started the crockpot around 10PM, went to bed and upon waking up at 6AM, our house smelled like baked apples and my oats were perfectly cooked and waiting for me to dig in — quite lovely circumstances to wake up to.

Chopped Apples

I turned the slow cooker off, served myself a quarter of the batch, made some coffee and dug in. The oats were oh so creamy and I loved the chunks of cooked apples and warm cinnamon spiciness.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

All the apples and cinnamon sit at the top of the oatmeal and look really pretty when the oats have finished cooking.

The best part? The recipe makes four servings of oats. Share with others (this would be great for a holiday brunch) or save the leftover oats for a quick breakfast throughout the week — just let the leftover oats cool and place in the refrigerator for up to one week. Simply reheat the oatmeal on the stove top or in the microwave (just add a little water or milk if it gets too thick).

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • cooking spray, butter or coconut oil (for coating the slow cooker)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1½ cups Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup chopped apple pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup + 5 drops of liquid stevia (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • chopped nuts, nut butter, coconut sugar and/or dried fruit for serving
Instructions
  1. Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray, butter or coconut oil. Add all the ingredients into slow cooker and mix well. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Place in a bowl to serve and top with nuts, dried fruit and sweetener of choice.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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Eating Well

by on March 8, 2010

Today’s eats have been quite amazing so I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking.

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Oatmeal/oatbran combination oats with slices of a ripe banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and vanilla bean. Topped with banana slices, pieces of coconut roasted almonds, and a drizzle of maple syrup. Deliciousness.

The coconut roasted almonds were a fun find at Ellwoods in the bulk bin aisle, my favorite section of all health food stores. I’d never seen them before, but as I was getting a bag of raw almonds they caught my eye. I bought a small portion and now I’m wishing I had more….

I waited way too long to leave my desk and was starving by the time I got home for lunch.

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i whipped up this salad in a jiffy. A pile of veggies topped with a left over spelt burger, raw slaw, and a blob of hummus.

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I also had 1/2 of a Jazz apple with cinnamon, maca, and a spoonful of pb on the side.

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Following my March Madness goals I ate this lovely lunch distraction free- so long as you don’t count begging dogs a distraction. :)

I pack this yummy, chia seed filled bar for a snack back at the office.

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Twas enjoyed.

After an easy workout at the gym I came home and enjoyed dinner of baked yellowfin tuna. Isaac prepared the tuna by rubbing on a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and an herb rub (Napa Valley Meritage with sea salt) I got in the swag bag at Foodbuzz.

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The fish was served with a 1/2 of a sweet tater topped with earth balance, cinnamon and sea salt.

I’m excited for tomorrow as I have two social events to attend – an Eatingrichmond blogger meetup and the first meeting of a new book club I am joining!! I’m pumped to have something to do in the evening other than go to the gym and eat dinner. :) It stinks two fun things are scheduled on the same night – it’s going to be a busy, but fun evening!

- Brittany

Want to learn more about eating local? Check out my guest post over at EatingBender.

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Cinnamon Girl

August 19, 2009
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Like the Neil Young song. The bad news is that I didn’t end up making the new recipe last night for dinner because I realized I was missing a key ingredient. It was getting late, I’d had a long day at work and I didn’t feel up to making a trip to the store before […]

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