As kids, we looked forward to those snow days, not only because we got out of school, but because we would have this homemade oatmeal. It was so homey and warm and just plain delicious. Something about snowy days makes me want this oatmeal; this stick-to-your-rib kind of breakfast for those frigid winter mornings. We always topped it with maple syrup for added sweetness and cream for that rich addition. What do you like to top your oatmeal with?
What You’ll Need:
- 2 cups uncooked oat groats, rinsed
- 3-5 apples, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup aronia berries (aka chokeberries)
- 8 cups water
- 1 T cinnamon
- dash salt
What to Do:
- Rinse oats and toast on a dry cast iron pan for about 5 minutes or until it begins to crack, turns golden brown and fragrant.
- Combine water and oat groats into crock pot. Top with apples, raisins, cinnamon, and salt. Do not mix.
- Cover, and cook on high for about 2 hours before going to bed.
- Turn the heat down to low, mix, and continue to cook overnight. Check the oatmeal in the morning; it should have absorbed all the water. If not, cook with lid off until it thickens to your liking.
- Serve with maple syrup and a splash of heavy cream.