Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

This oatmeal was yummy.  I got up at 2am to turn the crockpot on so it would be ready by 5:30 so I could turn the setting to warm and it would be a nice temperature for the kids to eat before they got on the school bus.  The kids enjoyed it, but next time I would personally leave out the apple chunks.  I prefer a smooth oatmeal and apparently so does Hogan, but Chris and Ava enjoyed the apple pieces.  Vayle was too cranky that early in the morning to have an opinion.  If you would rather not set your alarm for the 2am wake up call, make it in the afternoon or evening and put it in the fridge and warm up fresh bowls in the morning.  It is just as good either way.  We also put a little scoop of brown sugar and cinnamon on top of our bowls because everyone can always use a little extra sugar and spice!

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

3 cups uncooked oats
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
3 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped apples (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)

Combine all ingredients except raisins in a greased 3 quart slow cooker.  Cover and cook on low 3 to 4 hours or until thickened.  Stir in raisins and serve hot.

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