Apple Pie Oatmeal

Slow cooked oatmeal is one of my new favorite things.  This time I made Apple Pie Oatmeal.  I swear this is the best oatmeal I’ve ever tasted.  
The best part?
It reheats perfectly!  So when you make a big batch, store some away in the fridge or freezer for a simple, quick week day breakfast.
The magic flavors for this fabulous oatmeal. 
Who needs a fancy slow cooker with a built-in timer when you have one of these bad boys?
Apple Pie Oatmeal
1.  In a 4 to 5 quart slow cooker, mix 1/3 cup millet, 1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons steel cut oats, and 2-1/4 cups water.  

2.  Add to the slow cooker, 1 cubed Granny Smith apple.  Peel, if desired.  
3.  Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/4 teaspoon ground cloves1 tablespoon honey, and 1/3 cup dried cranberries.  Mix well.  
4.  Cook on low for 6 to 7 hours.  Serves 4.  

Double-Apple Coffee Cake

Sunday morning I was up early and contemplating breakfast and what to do with my Granny Smith apples.  I decided to make coffee cake that would kick Eric’s longing for Dunkin Donuts apple fritters (or at least be better for him).  As you can see, it got the thumbs up approval.  
I must apologize – some of these photos aren’t the most appealing due to the cell phone image quality.  It was early and I did not want to risk waking a sleeping baby by retrieving the nice camera.  
Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking pan; set aside.  In a small bowl stir together 2/3 cup flour1/2 cup whole wheat flour1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  I always use a heaping spoonful, and sometimes double my cinnamon in baking recipes.  

I used one of my Granny Smith apples for this recipe.  

You will need about 1 medium to large apple for 1-1/2 cups. 
Combine 1-1/2 cup finely chopped apples and 1 egg in a bowl. 

Mix in 1/4 cup applesauce.  I love the Earth Fare unsweetened applesauce.  This stuff is so good and the perfect consistency.  

Spread the batter in the prepared pan.  This is a dense and thick batter.  The apple chunks look good already. Now for the the topping.  

Mix together 1/4 cup packed brown sugar1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  

Cut in 1 tablespoon margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle topping over batter in pan.  

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and serve warm.  Coffee cake is truly the best when it is fresh from the oven.  
I prefer my coffee cake with my Sunday paper and hot coffee.  
Or if you are really daring, serve with whipped cream. 
I promise this coffee cake will not last very long. 

Double-Apple Coffee Cake from Better Homes and Gardens cookbook
1. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking pan; set aside.  In a small bowl stir together 2/3 cup flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon salt
2.  In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cup finely chopped apples and 1 egg.  Stir in 3/4 cup granulated sugar and 1/4 cup applesauce.   Stir in flour mixture.  Pour into prepared baking pan. 
3.  For topping, stir together 1/4 cup packed brown sugar, 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour, and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Cut in 1 tablespoon margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Sprinkle topping over batter in pan.  
4. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes and serve warm.