Monday, November 7, 2011

Fruited Irish Oatmeal

Top of the morning to you!

My busy mornings are so much better when I plan ahead.  If clothes are laid out, bags and lunches are packed, and breakfast is ready, early mornings are manageable.  Several years ago, my friend Maggie shared the secret to her success, her beloved slow-cooker.  Since then I've tried cooking breakfast casseroles, Dutch babies, even hard boiled eggs in crockery, but hands-down, my go-to easy breakfast is from BHGFruited Irish Oatmeal.

It's fancy enough for weekend guests or holidays, warm, sustaining, and yummy, drizzled with pure maple syrup.  Be sure to use Irish oats, as no other type will stand up to long cooking.

Fruited Irish Oatmeal
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups steel-cut Irish oats
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/4 dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup snipped dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • brown sugar or maple syrup
  • chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
  • milk or Greek yogurt
In a 3-1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker combine water, oats, apple juice, cranberries, raisins, apricots, the 1/4 cup maple syrup, cinnamon, and salt.  Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 3-1/2 hours.  Serve oatmeal with brown sugar or additional maple syrup, chopped nuts and milk or a dollop of Greek yogurt.  Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Go ahead, make a full re-warms perfectly in the microwave.  

Happy Mornings ALL,


  1. You know, I have never like hot oatmeal cereal, but this does look so delicious!!! :D

  2. I LOVE steel cut oats! I have wondered how to do this since I have to be to work by six. This would be perfect.
    Looks absolutely delish!
    Would it freeze?

  3. I've never tried to freeze it. My guy will have a serving each day till it's gone! Try it Tauna and see if it's still good, then please let me know.

  4. I have a can of Irish Oats in my pantry...getting the other ingredients and making this sooon.
    xo bj

  5. How is the texture of the oats after cooking like this? It sounds delish and I love oatmeal...but I sorta like a crunch in it. :-)


  6. Hi Pat,

    You will like Irish oats. The flavor of the cooked oats is described as being nuttier than other types of oats, and they are also chewier. They take longer to cook, making them idea for crockery cooking. They also have a higher glycemic index, making them perfect for those of us that have sugar issues. Give them a try, I think you'll be pleased.

  7. Sounds good! I haven't made oatmeal in a while and have a couple apples to use up:@)

  8. Looks like a wonderful dessert to me! What flavors. We are going to have to try this with the cold weather here!

  9. I love oatmeal but have never tried Irish oats. Your oatmeal looks soooo good. How does this type of oat hold up in cookies?

  10. Sounds is so delicious. Those arrangement is so perfect and that is one of the reason why it looks beautiful. My favorite is oatmeal but have never tried Irish oats.
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  11. I honestly never new steel cut oats were also referred to as Irish oats! I love oatmeal during cold weather and love your fruity version.

  12. What a wonderful oatmeal recipe. I didn't know Irish oats were the same as Steel oats. Hope all is well in your world :)


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