13 October 2011

Day 13-31 Days of Samhuinn Cooking-Overnight October Oatmeal

This requires a slow cooker!  One of my favorite parts of Autumn is that I get to bust out my slow cooker breakfast recipes for darker, cooler mornings as we head toward the winter months.  This recipe utilises the more traditional October/Samhuinn related ingredients.

Overnight October Oatmeal

this is prepared just before you head to bed the night before. The spices are added in the morning so as not to cook out all of their flavor with the long cooking time. 

2 cups apple cider
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 Tbs melted butter
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup steel cut Irish oats or Scottish porridge
1 cup chopped apple
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup raisins, currants or dried cranberries or blueberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cinnamon (this second dousing of cinnamon is optional, we love our spice in this family)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground allspice
pinch of ground cloves

Add first 10 ingredients to the slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cover and set on the low setting and let cook overnight.

About 20-30 minutes before serving, stir in remaining spices and let continue to cook on low. 

Serve topped with milk

Serves 4

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