Pinterest Recipe Fail – Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal

I recently bought a slow cooker and am now obsessed with finding good slow cooker recipes. I saw this on Pinterest and thought it would be yummy. Like apple crisp, but oatmeal style. Here’s the picture that lured me in:Image

This is the recipe that was in the pin caption. The pin of course didn’t link to the original recipe post, just a random tumbler home page, so I have no reference link for you (I hate you pinners that do that!).

Throw 2 sliced apples, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour 2 cups of oatmeal and 4 cups of water on top. Do NOT stir. Cook overnight for 8 – 9 hours on low. Yummy breakfast!

LIES! LIES! I’m talking to you, word “yummy breakfast!”

First off, please note that the recipe doesn’t ask you to peel the apples. If you make this recipe, I beseech you, peel the poor apples! Who wants apple skins in their oatmeal? Also, I felt like it was a little bland, needed more spices maybe?

I don’t really know where I went wrong, but I was so excited about this breakfast, and it did not live up to my expectations. Let me know if you try it and it’s better. Maybe I need to try it with a different kind of apple?

No-Bake Energy Bites

I wanted to name this post “Little Nuggets of Joy,” but for SEO purposes, I went with the name of the recipe.

I got this recipe from Smashed Peas and Carrots, and it is amazing. I pinned it ages ago and can’t believe I am just now experiencing these amazing bite-sized nuggets. It’s kind of like eating peanut butter/oatmeal/choc chip cookie dough raw…but there’s no eggs so you don’t feel guilty. Just try them. They’re amazing.

No-Bake Energy Bites
(makes 18-20 bites if you don’t eat about 5 while rolling dough)
1 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup peanut butter (or other nut butter)*
1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup ground flaxseed**
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
Mix everything above in a medium bowl until thoroughly incorporated.  Let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.  Once chilled, roll into balls and enjoy!  Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
*I used a combo of almond butter and reduced fat peanut butter. I’m a loser. Wasn’t sure I’d like it with straight almond butter.
**I skipped the flaxseed because I didn’t have any on hand when I was making these and didn’t feel like going to the store. I will try it the next time I make these to add a greater health factor.
Other ingredients suggested on the original blog:
  • In place of peanut butter – soybutter, almond butter, cashew butter, sun butter, etc
  • In place of the honey – creamed or liquid honey, or agave nectar or even maltitol syrup
  • Instead of coconut – try crushed cereal, wheat germ, whole wheat flour, granola, cocoa powder
  • Instead of chocolate chips – try carob, raisins, cranberries, goji berries, or crushed nuts