Slow Cooker Steel Cut Chai Apple Oatmeal

Being married to nurse has its pros and cons.


Written by: Taylor Kiser Food Faith Fitness

A pro: As a food blogger, I am cutting and chopping ALL day long.  I am also very accident prone. Do you see how that is not a good combination?  Murse husband to the rescue!

Sidenote: Don’t tell him that I called him a “murse.”

A con:  Shift work. For our whole marriage (almost 2 years) he has had to work 7pm-7am shifts.  This means that I go to bed alone for ½ of the week.

And the best part about being married is every night sleepovers with your best friend. At least that’s what a quote on Pinterest told me.

So I must be missing out.

That was until we moved to Washington, and he was able to land a job on the day shift. WOO HOO!

And, let me tell you, Pinterest did not lie.  It is wonderful having company at bedtime, ALL the time.

I don’t know why I ever questioned Pinterest. It’s serious business.

Anyway.

But, there has been a bit of a downside to this shift in schedule; now I have to get up at 4:30am to make his breakfast.  Cooking isn’t one of his strong suits, and I don’t trust him near any kitchen appliance.

Not even a microwave, so don’t even suggest that I make his breakfast the night before and he just reheats it the next morning.

So, there I was, a grumpy zombie wife who was graciously getting up to whip up breakfast for her not-domestically-inclined-at-all husband.

That was, until I discovered that my crockpot could do ALL the work for me, and I only had to spend 5 minutes getting it together the night before.

Life. Changing.

The next morning we woke up the smell of chai, apple and cinnamon goodness. Let’s just say, I could wake up at 4:30 every morning if it smelled THAT good.

I might be lying to you about wanting to get up at 4:30 though.  There isn’t much in life that makes me want to do that.

However, it HAS smelled that good every single morning since this recipe was created, because my hubs could not stop shoving the oatmeal into his mouth.

All the while, I get to happily sleep in peace.

You know what they say, “Happy Wife, Happy life”

Have you ever made oatmeal in your slow cooker?

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Chai Apple Oatmeal

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours and 5 minutes

Spend 5 minutes the night before, and wake up a delicious, hot bowl of oatmeal that is full of fall flavor!

Ingredients:

1 Cup Steel cut oats
2 Cups Unsweetened Vanilla almond milk
1 Cup Water
2 Chai Tea Bags
½ tsp Cinnamon
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Cups Apple, roughly chopped (about 1 large apple)
4-6 Tbsp Molasses *
Optional toppings:
Additional almond milk
Chopped pecans
Apple slices

Directions:

1. Spray your slow cooker with cooking spray and then combine the oats, almond milk, water, tea bags, cinnamon, cinnamon stick and apple inside.
2. Stir well, so that everything is mixed, and cook on low heat until all the water is absorbed, 7-8 hours.
3. Once cooked, remove the cinnamon stick and tea bags. Stir in the molasses.
4. Serve as is or drizzle with additional almond milk, pecans and apple slices.

Notes:

*The amount of molasses you use will vary with how sweet you like your oats, so add a little at a time and taste as you go. I liked it around 4/5 Tbsps, and my husband liked it at 6 Tbsp.

by Taylor Kiser

Taylor is the blogger, recipe developer, photographer and general mess maker behind the blog Food Faith Fitness. She believes that eating healthfully does not have to be bland and boring and loves creating recipes that are unique, tasty, and good for you. She is also an avid fitness enthusiast and a follower of Christ. Taylor's goal is to show that you can nourish your body, mind and soul all at the same time...and have fun doing it!