Overnight Oatmeal

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Can oatmeal be made exciting? Yes, although some would argue that point, but certainly oats are healthy.  The Cooking Cardiologist Dr. Richard Collins shows us how.

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.  Oatmeal is rich in fiber with cholesterol lowering properties. It is loaded with good carbohydrates. Here is an easy method of making oatmeal in a slow cooker. Be sure to set the cooker on low heat and have a tight fitting lid to keep the moisture locked in the dish. It is important to use an oil spray, coating lightly the inside of the cooker to keep the oatmeal from sticking…it will make clean up a lot easier.

Not all oats are the same.  They can be rolled or steel cut, the Irish form. Steel cut oats are healthier with a greater surface area. Do not use quick cooking oatmeal in this recipe.

Canola oil spray

1 cup steel cut oats…be sure it is organic

2 cups unsweetened almond milk, vanilla flavored

1 cup unsweetened apple juice or cider, no sugar added

1 cup water

1 apple cored and chopped, do not peel. Can use dried apples as well

2 T brown sugar or sugar substitute

1 t cinnamon

½ cup raisins or raisin medley if possible

½ t salt, optional

½ cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped for topping

1 cup Greek styled yogurt, optional for topping, flavor of choice

Lightly spray the insides of a slow cooker with canola oil. Combine the oatmeal and the almond milk in the slow cooker. Add the apple juice, water, chopped apple, brown sugar, raisins, salt (optional) and cinnamon. Mix well. Cover and place on low heat. Cook overnight. Serve warm the next morning. A firm crust should form in the oatmeal along the sides and bottom. Top each serving with divided walnuts and 2 tablespoons of Greek yogurt. The remainder of the oatmeal can be refrigerated for 4- 5 days in an airtight container.

Serves 6. Serving size: ¾ cup. Analysis does not include yogurt.

For an option, substitute apple juice for orange juice and raisins for dried apricots, cranberries or dried plums. Add 3 tablespoons of brown sugar instead of 2 and omit the cinnamon. In place of walnuts, used toasted almonds.

Nutrition Info: Calories: 252, Total Fat: 9 grams, Saturated Fat: 1 gram, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 258 mg, Carbohydrate: 41 grams, Fiber: 5 grams, Protein: 7 grams

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Diabetic Exchanges: 1 ½ Starch, 1 Fruit

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