Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients (except optional toppings) to slow cooker.
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: apples, skim milk, steel-cut oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, ground flaxseed, butter, nuts (for optional garnish). You may substitute non-dairy milk (like almond), another preferred sweetener, and gluten free steel cut oats--use whatever suits you. I also sometimes substitute chia seeds for the ground flax seed.
Step 2. Peel and core the apples; cut them into 1/2 inch pieces. You can leave the peel on for added fiber and nutrition. I don't care for the texture of cooked apple skin, so I peel mine; but that's a personal preference.
Step 3. Coat the slow cooker with cooking spray. Don't skip this step, or you will really regret it. You'll need a hammer and chisel to get the slow cooker clean if it's not sprayed with oil first. (I speak from experience here.)
Step 4. Throw everything in the slow cooker. I have a 6-1/2 quart slow cooker, but 3-1/2 quarts is big enough for this recipe. I can double the recipe in my slow cooker when I'm feeding more than 4 or 5 people.
Step 5. Stir it. Put on the lid. Set it to cook on low for 7 hours. That's how long it takes in my slow cooker, anyway.
Step 6. Go to bed. Wake up to the sweet aroma of cinnamon and apples. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired. Store leftovers in refrigerator. Freezes well. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot.
Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.
Nutritional Info (per 3/4 cup serving): 149 calories, 3.6g fat, 27.3g carbs, 3.9g fiber, 4.9g protein; Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 4 pts
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (99g)|
|Recipe Makes: 8 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 12 (19%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 1.3g||2 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.5g||3 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.4g|
|Cholesterol 1.9mg||1 %|
|Sodium 10.5mg||0 %|
|Potassium 69.2mg||2 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 13.5g||4 %|
|Dietary Fiber 1.5g||6 %|
|Sugars, other 12g|
|Protein 0.4g||1 %|
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Calories per serving: 63
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