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Spiced Apple Oatmeal

A is for Apples!

This year I'm participating in a bi weekly challenge with some blogging friends to post recipes using all of the letters in the alphabet.  It can feature a food that begins with the letter of the week or the recipe name can begin with the week's letter.


I had Honeycrisp apples on hand and since January is National Slow Cooker Month and National Oatmeal Month I thought I'd kill 3 birds with one stone and make this Spiced Apple Oatmeal from Taste of Home. 

Take the time to grate the spices fresh, it really makes a difference! I like to use my microplane zester or spice mill.

This recipe calls for steel cut oats and it's important not to substitute because you'll end up with a big bowl of mush.  My personal favorites are the Quaker Oat or Flahavan's brands.

I used whole milk because that's what we buy and I replaced the vanilla coffee creamer with some Gingerbread Cookie Dough creamer that I had left over from the holidays.


Mine took 4 hours on low, be sure to watch it because newer slow cookers definitely run hotter than old models.  You can do lots of fun add-ons like pecans, dried cranberries, a drizzle of maple syrup or you can stir in some more milk.

Thank you to Wendy from A Day in the Life on a Farm for hosting the Alphabet Challenge and to all of the other bloggers for sharing their recipes.  You can check them out using the links down below!

Spiced Apple Oatmeal

Spiced Apple Oatmeal
Author: Jolene's Recipe Journal


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 medium apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup refrigerated Gingerbread Cookie Dough creamer


  1. Mix the first 8 ingredients. Place apples in a greased 4-qt. slow cooker. Top with brown sugar mixture, then the oats.
  2. Whisk together eggs, water, milk and creamer; pour over oats. Cook, covered, on low until oats are tender, 4-1/2 to 5 hours.
  3.  If desired, serve oatmeal with pecans, dried cranberries, maple syrup and additional milk.


Serving ideas: Chopped pecans, dried cranberries, maple syrup or additional milk



I have everything I need on hand for this recipe and it sounds absolutely delicious. Can't wait to make it.
Lisa said…
I need more oatmeal in my life and this is one I must start with.
Karen said…
This sounds soooo good! I'd love to come down to a slow cooker full of this in the morning.
I'd definitey roll out of bed for this in the morning. I'll have to remember to buy some steel cut oats the next time I'm at the market!
Camilla Mann said…
I am not much of a breakfast person, but I would totally eat this. Thanks for the inspiration.
Mayuri's Jikoni said…
Jolene hubby and I are more brunch people, so this spiced apple oatmeal is perfect. I've not had oatmeal with eggs added to it. Will be trying this recipe out as the eggs add the required protein.

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