Guest blogger Sarah Remmer is back with another nutritious and delicious meal idea that will make your taste buds and your body happy.

This year, I’m so excited that Dietitians of Canada has chosen Simply Cook and Enjoy as the Nutrition Month theme. Now that I’m a Mom of two, I can appreciate the fact that cooking healthy meals seems daunting—especially on those days when it’s hard to find time to shower let alone whip up a balanced meal for four. But what I’ve learned as a counseling Dietitians to Moms, is that cooking can sometimes seem trickier than it actually is. The truth is, cooking doesn’t have to be fancy, take hours upon hours, or require dozens of ingredients that you’re not familiar with. Cooking can be quick, easy and fun.


One of the ways that I save time during the week (or even on the weekend) is by using my slow cooker. This Winter I’ve been using it a lot, as it’s the perfect way to cook up a healthy, warm and comforting meal for a busy family without a lot of fuss. I love using my slow cooker not only because it’s simple, but also because I can make a big batch of food, perfect for leftovers during the week.

This weekend I decided to test out a breakfast recipe that I’ve been meaning to try for a while—slow cooker steel cut oats with apples and cinnamon. I’ve never used the slow cooker for breakfast, but it worked out perfectly! I threw the ingredients in on Saturday night before I went to bed and the next morning, we woke up to the amazing aroma of apples and cinnamon. After enjoying our warm oatmeal topped with maple syrup, raisins and pecans (YUM!), I packed away the leftovers, which will be perfect for weekday morning breakfasts this week.

What I love about steel-cut oats is that there has been minimal processing. Unlike quick oats and instant oats, which have been processed to render them easier to cook and digest, steel-cut oats are simply chopped into pieces, preserving the intact oat grain and all of the nutritional benefits that it carries. Because steel-cut oats take a bit longer to cook than other varieties, and take longer to digest, they leave us feeling more satisfied for a longer period of time. This helps to control our blood sugar levels as well as our appetites during the day.

By cooking the oats with milk, you’re adding a powerful protein punch (as well as many important vitamins and minerals), which renders this breakfast even more filling and satisfying.

Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Crisp Steel-Cut Oats
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
360 minutes
12- 14 servings


2 cups (500 ml) steel-cut oats
4 cups (1 L) milk
2 cups (500 ml) water
4 (large) apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1/4 cup (60 ml) butter, chopped into 3-4 pieces
1/3 cup (80 ml) brown sugar
2 tbsp (30 ml) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt
2 tbsp (30 ml) ground flax or chia seeds or hemp hearts (optional)


  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with a non-stick cooking spray or grease it with butter. This is an important step; otherwise, you’ll be scraping your slow-cooker for days afterwards.
  2. Before you go to bed, place all ingredients into your slow cooker and stir. Close the lid, switch the slow-cooker onto the “low” setting and set the timer for 6-7 hours (you may need to experiment with timing here—it really depends on the slow-cooker. Mine turned out perfectly after 6 and a half hours). When the time is up, your slow cooker will automatically turn to the “warm” setting, which will keep your oatmeal nice and warm until you get up.
  3. Serve your oatmeal with a dollop of Greek yogurt and top with your favourite nuts or seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  4. *Recipe adapted from: The Yummy Life Slow-Cooker-Apple-Cinnamon-Oatmeal.