Start this the night before in your slow cooker and wake up to a hearty, hot breakfast for the whole family! If you have a large family and a large slow cooker you can easily double the recipe. Serve with cream or milk as you choose.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg together in a bowl. Add the apples and cranberries, tossing to coat evenly with the sugar mixture. Pour into a slow cooker. Top with butter pieces.

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  • Mix the oatmeal together with the water, apple juice, cranberry juice, and salt in a bowl, and pour over the apple mixture in the slow cooker. Do not stir. Cover, and cook on Low for 8 hours.

  • Stir before serving. Spoon into bowls and top with candied walnuts, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

621 calories; protein 8.5g 17% DV; carbohydrates 94.7g 31% DV; fat 26.5g 41% DV; cholesterol 30.5mg 10% DV; sodium 246.2mg 10% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2009
GOOD IDEA BUT RESCUE THIS RECIPE LIKE SO: The idea for this recipe was almost certainly gleaned from a bed & breakfast cookbook the idea being that B&B owners are very busy in the morning so they do as much prep the night before as they can. You can still accomplish the convenience however without the awful (think wallpaper paste) texture of crock-pot cooked oatmeal and still avoid having much to do or clean up in the morning. Here's how: THE NIGHT BEFORE: toss together the following and store in an airtight bowl in the fridge: sugar spices salt cut up butter cut up apples cranberries (I substituted raisins) and nuts (I used slivered almonds). IN THE MORNING: put 2 1/2 cups water and the bowl full of sugar/fruit into a large pot and bring to a boil. Forget all that juice--too sweet! Notice that the total liquids is significantly reduced from the original recipe because it's not sitting all night in a crock pot getting "pasty". When it just begins to boil add 2 cups regular rolled oats and cook 5 minutes. Done! All you had to do in the morning was combine pre-prepared ingredients and cook 5 minutes. You get delicious gourmet oatmeal without the "yucky" texture and your kitchen is still clean in the morning because you did all the prep and clean-up the night before. One more tip for those looking for home-made breakfasts without the chaos and mess (and time!) in the mornings: You can make pretty much anything the night before and just bake cook Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/24/2007
It burned my crockpot past repair. Perhaps if the sauce was mixed in before cooking it would have been allright. The flavor was great and it was easy. It was popular with the guys. They all thought it was great. Flavorful sweet. I didn't have enough nutmeg so used 1/2 nutmeg and made up the spices with a bit of coriander & mostly pumpkin pie seasoning. I don't think it is critical as long as you get enough spices in it. Read More
(12)
78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 31
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 15
Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2009
GOOD IDEA BUT RESCUE THIS RECIPE LIKE SO: The idea for this recipe was almost certainly gleaned from a bed & breakfast cookbook the idea being that B&B owners are very busy in the morning so they do as much prep the night before as they can. You can still accomplish the convenience however without the awful (think wallpaper paste) texture of crock-pot cooked oatmeal and still avoid having much to do or clean up in the morning. Here's how: THE NIGHT BEFORE: toss together the following and store in an airtight bowl in the fridge: sugar spices salt cut up butter cut up apples cranberries (I substituted raisins) and nuts (I used slivered almonds). IN THE MORNING: put 2 1/2 cups water and the bowl full of sugar/fruit into a large pot and bring to a boil. Forget all that juice--too sweet! Notice that the total liquids is significantly reduced from the original recipe because it's not sitting all night in a crock pot getting "pasty". When it just begins to boil add 2 cups regular rolled oats and cook 5 minutes. Done! All you had to do in the morning was combine pre-prepared ingredients and cook 5 minutes. You get delicious gourmet oatmeal without the "yucky" texture and your kitchen is still clean in the morning because you did all the prep and clean-up the night before. One more tip for those looking for home-made breakfasts without the chaos and mess (and time!) in the mornings: You can make pretty much anything the night before and just bake cook Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
To avoid burning my crockpot I used a Reynolds turkey cooking bag and lined my crockpot with it. I made this for my husband's family and they loved it- even the avowed non-oatmeals eaters! Just because I love the spice with apples I added cardamom to the spice mix. I tripled this recipe (I have a very large crockpot) and it held up just fine. The only thing I would do differently when I enlarge the recipe is cut back on the cinnamon because tripling that was way too much. I loved the combination of cranberry and nutmeg. This also reheated very very well-- after leaving my husband's family the oatmeal sat for about and hour and half before I plugged in the crockpot again at my parents and it warmed back up delightfully. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
We thought this was wonderful. I sprayed the crockpot with pam and didn't have any problems with sticking. I have an extremely hot crockpot so I only put it on "keep warm" about 2am and it was ready and perfect by 7am. Loved it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/16/2011
My first recipe choice this morning didn't pan out so this was my second start at a hot breakfast for the family. I did not make this in a slow cooker I didn't have time for that. I actually made this recipe in my rice cooker! I didn't need AS much liquid I used a cup and a half of water and a cup and a half of apple juice. I just kind of guessed. This worked out well for me and the smell of it cooking was amazing. The amount of sugar and spice was perfect and the fruit cooking along with the oatmeal gave it such amazing flavor. I loved that I could just throw everything together and let it go. Even though I didn't cook it in a crockpot I think I got the best of the recipe without all the gumminess or burned oatmeal. I think cooking it in my rice cooker could use a little playing around with as far as the liquids go but for me it was still a winner. Thanks for this great recipe--it's a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2008
My husband and 15 yr old son love oatmeal so I made this for Christmas morning. Followed recipe and cooked on low about 8 hrs...smelled and tasted wonderful. Nice base recipe to play around with. The only thing I would do different next time is to not cook it so long- found it to be a bit mushy which is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5... Thanks for this very different and yummy breakfast treat! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/23/2007
It burned my crockpot past repair. Perhaps if the sauce was mixed in before cooking it would have been allright. The flavor was great and it was easy. It was popular with the guys. They all thought it was great. Flavorful sweet. I didn't have enough nutmeg so used 1/2 nutmeg and made up the spices with a bit of coriander & mostly pumpkin pie seasoning. I don't think it is critical as long as you get enough spices in it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/19/2008
Very good!!!! next time I'll use a steel cut oatmeal... Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/17/2009
The flavor reminds me of an apple crisp. I stuck to the recipe but had to sub 1 extra cup of water for the apple juice (didn't have) and used 1 cup of crangrape for the cranberry juice. I will probably use the steel cut oats next time. The rolled oats are a little mushy (I did not stir until I served it). I will also add more apples and cut in larger pieces. Great idea! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2007
I had no problems with my crock pot burning. It looked and tasted like beautiful oatmeal with some gourmet touches. My family loved it! Read More
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