These Crockpot Steel Cut Oats combine the flavors of apple, cinnamon, and figs to provide a hearty and nutritious breakfast that feels like a treat.
Happy first birthday to my blog! Well it was actually yesterday, but I didn’t realize that until Monday night at like 9pm. What a horrible mother I am. So today is a celebration post. And what better what to celebrate than oatmeal!! Just kidding. I did want to make some kind of brownie or treat, but until my baking skills improve they will have to wait until another time. On a serious note, this apple, cinnamon, & fig crockpot steel cut oats is bomb. And the crockpot does the work for you so what better present than that 😉
I made this recipe a few weeks ago with some leftover dried figs my dad had bought for me over Christmas when I was home. When I visit home I usually make a list of food that I routinely eat for my parents to buy. That way I can still keep it healthy at most meals and indulge with them when I feel appropriate. Well my dad saw some figs at the store and thought I would enjoy them. So sweet of him.
We brought some of them on the plane with us when traveling back to Austin and when I got home I needed to figure out something to do with them. I once made a apple and fig butter in the crockpot and had been seeing recipes for steel cut oats in the crockpot. So I figured I should combine both ideas and give it a go.
Recipe success! Cinnamon, apple, and figs are a combo that just pairs so well together. It is like having a dessert for breakfast, but without the guilt. Steel cut oats are a chewy and more full-bodied hot cereal. My mom always describes them as a “stick to her ribs” kind of breakfast. Steel cut oats are packed with fiber and protein, and help lower cholesterol. They are also less processed than rolled oats (steel cut are just coarsely chopped) and their glycemic index is lower.
I used an almond-coconut milk blend to add some extra creaminess. Regular almond milk would work perfectly fine though, or even cashew. Place all your ingredients in the crockpot over night and the next morning your breakfast is already made. And the house will smell delightful. For some extra staying power and protein, top it with Greek yogurt. Other delicious toppings include almond butter, diced apples, coconut cream, cacao nibs, coconut flakes… The list could go on forever.
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 3½ cups almond coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 apples, diced (3 cups)
- 11 dried figs, diced (about 1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- coconut oil for greasing
- Grease the inside of your crockpot with coconut oil.
- Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
- Turn on low and cook for 6-8 hours.
- Once your oats are done cooking, mix until mixture becomes thick and well-combined.
- Eat as is or top with toppings of choice. Enjoy!
Have you ever tried steel cut oats in the crockpot?