Cranberry Cider Steel Cut Oats.

Oh how I love my crock pot!  It turns the simplest ingredients into magic.  This recipe is without a doubt, one of my favorites to make, especially when I have an early morning run. I come home sweating/freezing & the smells fill the kitchen.  I melt into a bowl & it refuels me.  I’m ready for the day.  Who doesn’t want that?

This recipe is super easy!  If you have a small crock pot, use that, if not, use the big daddy version.  Spray the inside vessel with a nonstick spray.  I use Pam – butter flavor.  Coat it well.  Then to that I add 1c of steel cut oats (not oatmeal).  4c of Trader Joe’s Cranberry Cider **You can use apple juice, apple cider, cranberry juice… the options are limitless.  I just use what I have on hand.  A pinch of salt.  1/8 tsp of nutmeg.  1 cinnamon stick.  1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon.  Stir it up and put the lid on.  I usually make this around 730-8p and won’t eat until 630-7a.  When I get home from my run at around 6:20 or so, I remove the lid & give it another stir.  Leave the lid off for about 10-15 minutes.  This will help thicken the oat mixture.  Ladle into bowls and top with whatever nuts you love.  I also top with Chia Seeds & dried fruit.

Chia Seed information you should know.  These seeds are known as one of nature’s  perfect foods.  They contain essential fatty acids (an excellent vegetarian source of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid), protein, soluble fiber, protective antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and more.  Great in smoothies as well!

This breakfast will fill you up & get you ready to battle whatever comes your way πŸ™‚


— Knead to Cook

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