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Monday, May 3, 2010

Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal, the lazy way

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 8:36 AM

While browsing the shelves of the behemoth bookstore that is Powell Books in Oregon, Portland last week, I picked up a copy the cookbook Cooking Light Cook's Essential Recipe Collection: Slow Cooker. Intriguing ... healthy meals without any effort? Sure, why not give it a try.

The first recipe on my to-try list was the Maple Hazelnut Oatmeal made with steel-cut oats, gala apples, nuts, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Steel-cut oats (also known as Irish oatmeal) is full of fiber, protein and other goodies to keep you in tip-top shape. Next time I'll probably omit the butter because it really doesn't need it. I didn't have any hazelnuts on hand, so I just used chopped pecans.

Each serving contains 341 calories, 9.2g fat, and 5.5g fiber. (If you cut out the butter, it'll take the calories and fat grams down further.)

click to enlarge oatmeal

Maple-Hazelnut Oatmeal

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups of fat-free milk

1-1/2 cups of water

2 Gala apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 3 cups)

1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats

2 tablespoons of brown sugar

1-1/2 tablespoons of butter, softened

1/3 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of salt

Cooking spray

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

2 tablespoons of chopped hazelnuts, toasted

Directions

1. Bring milk and water to a boil in a sacuepan over medium-high heat, stirring frequently.

2. Place hot milk mixture, apple, and next 5 ingredients into a 3-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray, stir well.

3. Cover and cook on LOW 7 hours or until oats are tender.

4. Ladle oatmeal into individual bowls; top with maple syrup and hazelnuts.

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