Why Monday WHY?!

Not only is it Monday (AGAIN) but it is cold and we are expecting a blizzard and daylight savings!!! REALLY…with that kind of combination I am shocked that I can even write words right now. Obviously with children you know daylight savings is not some sort of wonderful moment in time where you get to be excited because it is brighter later, nope it’s basically like throwing yourself onto thin ice and hoping that you can make it close enough to shore before it breaks all the way through. Like if you survive with just one foot lost to hypothermia you are winning!

I could probably go ON AND ON about how daylight savings time is legit the WORST but instead I would like to share one of my favorite time saving and warming from within recipes…Apple Pie Overnight Steel Cut Oats! This is the perfect recipe for a case of the Mondays in the winter time (in New England it is 73 degrees in February and 15 degrees in March, who knew!).

Sure you can buy 10 packets of apple cinnamon oatmeal at the store and it’s still going to be healthier for you than apple pie every morning (sorry pie enthusiasts), but this version of apple pie oatmeal is going to be just as easy to make as those store bought packets, healthier, and you can add or take away ingredients to make this recipe work best for you!

Ingredients:

These ingredients are per jar…and I use Glass Wide Mouth Mason Jars 16 oz

1/4 cup steel cut oats  into a pint sized mason jar ( I use Trader Joes steel cut oats but you can use whatever kind you would like)

1 cups water

1 apple (any kind you would like to use) cored

1 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 tablespoon cinnamon  (I like cinnamon so you can use less if you want)

Toppings: Sugar to dust, granola, nuts (almonds work well on the top) or anything else you would like to add.

Instructions:

Combine all ingredients into jars as it states above, leave out the optional toppings.Put full, open jars into crock pot that is deep enough to put a cover on top and add water to the crock pot. Water level should be between one half and one third up the sides of the mason jars, jars should stay in one location so if your jars are floating in the water, you have added too much.

Cover the crock pot and turn on low.Cook oatmeal for 7-8 hours on low. I find that this is great to make overnight so I put everything in, go to bed and wake up to warm, cooked oatmeal for breakfast!

Once oatmeal is cooked, remove it from the crock pot. You have two choices with these, you can add your toppings to the pint sized jars and have a large breakfast or you can split each pint jar into two half pint jars and then add toppings. If I am making these for me I will split the  jars into smaller servings and have breakfast for days…these babies are filling trust me.

Sorry folks but it doesn’t get much better than waking up to the smell of cooking apples and cinnamon, having a warm meal and no clean up since your crock pot only had water in it! And hot water to boot, that makes it clean right?! Also on days like today when I woke up with some reverse energy (like I wanted to crawl back into bed) turning off a crock pot and having a no mess breakfast is a highlight in all the low light (since the sun wasn’t up stupid daylight savings).

These cook while you sleep recipes always have me wondering if more things could get accomplished in the night would we sleep better or worse?

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