Third slow cooker oatmeal recipe in a row! We did it guys. We made it through a week of my eating nothing but oatmeal. Just kidding. But seriously, I’ve eaten a lot of oatmeal lately. This happens when it gets cold out. I want a hot breakfast but I want to sleep in and do absolutely nothing in the morning.
This is the season of pumpkin and I just can’t get enough. Truthfully, I eat pumpkin year round, but this is the time where I can proclaim my love without judgment. In stereotypical girl fashion, pumpkin spice lattes are one of my many, many pumpkin weaknesses. It saddens me that those lattes do not contain any real pumpkin and that vegans cannot partake in that delightful treat (at least from Starbucks), so I did what any sane, logical person would do and made a vegan version in oatmeal form.
Guys (okay, probably mostly ladies) you need to try this oatmeal. It’s full of pumpkin and caffeine and everything you want in your life. It is a little high maintenance because you have to take the super time consuming step of stirring in some applesauce in the morning when you could be sleeping those extra 15 seconds, but it’s worth it. Oatmeal coffee perfection in a bowl, just eat it.
¼ c sugar of choice (see note for liquid sweetener)
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, separated
2 tbsp maple syrup
½ – 1 c unsweetened apple sauce
If food tends to stick in your slow cooker, spritz with nonstick spray.
Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker except apple sauce and 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice. Stir until well mixed.
Cook on low for approximately 8 hours, covered.
Remove lid and stir in applesauce to reach your desired consistency. Taste and add additional pumpkin pie spice to your liking (I added an additional 1 tsp). If you prefer a thicker oatmeal, turn to high and let cook, stirring occasionally, until desired thickness is reached.
Serve and enjoy!
Allow coffee to cool to room temperature or your oats will not cook properly. In a pinch, place your coffee in the freezer for 10 minutes or make an extra strong pot and dilute with ice cubes. Decaffinated coffee will work just as well. Can sub out for water if you just want pumpkin spice oatmeal. Any sweetener that dissolves will work here. If using a liquid sweetener, reduce water volume accordingly. (Nutritional estimate uses agave nectar).