Oatmeal is known to be great for losing weight and lowering cholesterol levels because it contains soluble fiber that stays in the stomach to help you feel fuller and reduces bad cholesterol by 10%-15%. However, it seems to be a food that either you love it or you hate it. There are people who have oatmeal every single day, but there are also those that steer clear from it simply because it tastes like nothing.
Losing weight or staying healthy does not mean eating flavorless food. By adding apple and cinnamon to the slow-cooked oatmeal, the apples give this dish some different texture and is amazing served for breakfast or even as dessert. For the health benefits of oatmeal, do give this a try and tell us what you think!
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Courtesy of skinny ms.
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
2 cups water
1/4 part water (slow cooker)
1/2 small apple
Sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup etc)
In a small heat-proof bowl (that can hold at least two cups of water), stir together oats, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. The apples can also be added in here. I chose to keep mine out to stir in after cooking, but this is up to you. Pour two cups water over oats.
Fill Slow Cooker about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way full with water (this will depend on the size of your Slow Cooker). Add the heatproof bowl with the oat mixture to the Slow Cooker. The bowl with the oats/cinnamon/vanilla has water in it, and also sits in the slow cooker surrounded by water. The water level should rise almost to the top of the bowl.
Turn Slow Cooker on low for 7-8 hours overnight. Using a large spoon, remove bowl from Slow Cooker (it will be very hot!). Stir in chopped apple and sweetener of choice. Devour!