Oatmeal

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).

4.6 from 5 reviews
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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I’ve been seeing a bunch of 2 ingredient cookies around the web recently and finally decided to try my hand at making a version of my own. I worked really hard to keep the ingredient list short and sweet but I had to add a few things — just like seven or so, no big deal.

Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

And oh well, because they’re good!

Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Plus, it’s a recipe that allows you to have cookies for breakfast — that counts for something, right? Surely it does…

Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Anyhow, these cookies are made without any added sugar, no dairy or eggs and they can easily be made gluten-free if you make sure to purchase gluten-free oats. They’re also packed with hearty and healthy ingredients that will keep you feeling full all morning. Chia seeds, oats, almond butter, coconut, dates… basically every ingredient in these cookies is healthy. They’re flourless so the texture is bit more chewy and similar to baked oatmeal. Hence, the reason I’m calling them breakfast cookies.

I’ve been eating them for breakfast and as a snack — they’re perfect for either situation and would be great to make for a brunch as well. If you’re making them strictly for breakfast and would like to cut out the chocolate, that’s cool. But I will admit, it’s pretty fun having chocolate for breakfast. Try it!

5.0 from 5 reviews
Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
 
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Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 1½ Tablespoons chia seeds
  • ¼ cup Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¾ cup old fashioned oatmeal
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped dates
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chunks or carob chips
  • 1 Tablespoon creamy almond butter
  • large pinch of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the chia seeds and almond milk and let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, or until the chia seeds have created a nice gel-like consistency.
  3. Pour the chia seed gel into a medium sized mixing bowl and add in the mashed bananas, oats, coconut, almond butter and cinnamon until well combined.
  4. Gently stir in the dates and chocolate chunks.
  5. Scoop out dough (about 1-2 tablespoons worth) onto a baking stone or a greased cookie sheet and use a fork to press the dough down a little to make more of a cookie shape. You should get about 15 cookies.
  6. Place in oven and bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the bottom of the cookies have browned a tiny bit.
  7. Take them out, let cool and enjoy.

Chia Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies

Now go pre-heat your oven and whip up a batch for tomorrow’s breakfast. :)

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