I don’t know if I would consider myself a morning person (getting up super early is still a struggle, and I stay up late every night), but I have really started to love the quiet morning hours before the busyness of the day begins. To be honest, “hours” is a bit of an exaggeration, as I usually have 20 minutes to a single hour to myself in the morning before I leave for work, but that is all the more reason to make the most of this brief, peaceful time.
Some people can skip breakfast and wait until lunch for their first meal of the day. I am not that type of person; I wake up hungry and ready for breakfast the minute I hop out of bed. However, making breakfast is a chore that cuts into the calm morning we all crave, and sometimes it is easier to grab a granola bar or an apple and run out the door than fill up with a nutritional meal. This fall, we are combatting that and bringing back the calm mornings with slow cooker apple cinnamon steel cut oats.
Steel cut oats typically require soaking and lengthy cooking times when you prepare them on the stove, which make them perfect for a slow cooker. I love this recipe because I can throw all of the ingredients into one bowl, set the cook time on the slow cooker, go to sleep, and wake up to a healthy, hearty, delicious breakfast. My breakfast is literally being prepared for me while I sleep and I feel like an efficiency queen when I come downstairs in the morning to scoop my bowl of apple cinnamon steel cut oats. Easy breakfasts make easy mornings, and some mornings I need all the easy I can get.
Slow cooker apple cinnamon steel cut oats are filled with cinnamony goodness, but I love adding toppings for an extra crunch in each bite. Apples, toasted nuts, pepitas, maple syrup, all of the fall things! It’s hard to go wrong with oatmeal toppings.
Do you have any tricks for making your morning calmer?