Maple, Pear, and Pecan Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats Recipe

2020-08-26

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. It breaks the overnight fasting period (break-fast) and furnishes the body with a new supply of glucose needed to boost our energy level and alertness, while at the same time providing the necessary essential nutrients we need to maintain good health.

Eating a healthful breakfast rich in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients like folate, calcium, carbohydrates, and fiber, can help boost your brainpower, ensure enough energy for you to be more physically active, help you maintain vitality, and reduce the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes or obesity.

A Healthy Breakfast Idea

Oats are one of the healthiest grains on earth as they are gluten-free and a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They also have many health benefits including weight loss, reduced risk of heart disease, and lower blood sugar levels. What’s more, you can eat oats with different types of seasonal fruits like apple, pear, berries, and more.

How to make Maple, Pear, and Pecan Slow Cooker Steel-Cut Oats

Prep Time: 15 mins

Total Time: 3 hrs, 15 mins

Yields: 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 6 cups water
  • 1½ cups steel-cut oats
  • ¾ cup pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 1½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 Pittman & Davis Pears, chopped small, plus additional pears for serving, if desired
  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
  • Milk, for serving

Directions

  1. Coat the insert of 4- to 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Whisk the water, oats, maple syrup, ginger, salt, and cinnamon in the slow cooker until combined. Stir in the pears.
  3. Cook, covered, on high for 3 to 3 ½ hours or on low for 6 to 7 hours, until the grains are tender but still intact.
  4. Serve hot, topped with pecans, milk, and more pears and maple syrup, if desired.
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