Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
By Seasons Catering

Nutritional experts have long referred to breakfast as the most important meal of the day, and rightly so. Hundreds of studies have cited that people who skip breakfast are more likely to have trouble with concentration, metabolism and weight. Personally, I have found that taking the time to make as delicious a breakfast as I do any other meal sets me, and my family up for a successful day. Unfortunately, with school-aged kids, the mornings can often be more frantic than the pre-dinner “witching hour”.

Oatmeal is one of my all-time favorite breakfast foods – steel cut oats, that is. Not to mention that steel cut oats are nuttier in flavor and chewier in texture, they also have several health advantages over their “rolled” counterparts. While rolled oats are steamed, rolled, re-steamed and toasted, steel cut oats do not go through any additional processing that cause them to lose flavor or nutritional value. They are high in fiber, a good source of protein and packed with vitamins and minerals. However, they also take much longer to cook. The 15-30 minute cooking time is often the reason people opt for instant oatmeal instead.

As luck would have it though, Seasons Catering has the solution for you! The following recipe is the definition of “nutritious and delicious”! Throw the ingredients into the slow cooker right before your head hits the pillow and wake up to an amazing breakfast and an incredible smelling kitchen!

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats
4 cups water
1 ½ cups apple juice
1 cup steel-cut oats
½ cup regular barley (not quick-cooking)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon salt
2 medium apples, coarsely chopped
2 Tablespoons honey
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
Fat-free milk (optional)

Line slow cooker with a disposable slow-cooker liner or spray with non stick cooking spray. In slow cooker, combine all ingredients except pecans, brown sugar and milk.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours. Before serving, stir in brown sugar. Top with pecans and milk. Makes 8 servings.


Gabrielle Moes is the owner and executive chef of Seasons Catering and mother to three children. She spent 7 years as the executive chef of the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club before starting Seasons Catering.

Seasons Catering is a full service catering company dedicated to creating memorable events through its impeccable service, exquisite food, and creative presentations. They are proud to create menus to suit every catering need and budget, and are determined to maintain high standards of service and presentation whatever the event may be.

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