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Mercy- Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal- September 18, 2012

Heather Richards, RD from Mercy, gets out the crockpot for a meal to start your day.
Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal Servings: 7 (3/4-cup) servings Ingredients 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped) 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk) 1-1/2 cups water 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or substitute maple syrup or other desired sweetener) 1-1/2 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground flax seed 1/4 teaspoon salt Optional garnishes: chopped nuts, raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter Directions Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 7 hours (slow cooker times can vary). Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot. Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour. Nutritional Info (per 3/4 cup serving): 149 calories, 3.6g fat, 27.3g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 4.9g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4 pts
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