Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats Served with Maple Syrup

Adding a whole vanilla bean while cooking adds a delicious almost dessert-like flavour. Substitute 1 tsp (5 mL) pure vanilla.
If too thin, remove lid for 30 minutes to let liquid evaporate. Transfer leftovers to storage container and refrigerate for 3-4 days. Reheat in microwave

Serves: 8 cups (2L)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Crockpot Time: HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6

3 cups (750 mL) apples (Macintosh, Spartan, Empire or Cortland), peeled and chopped
1-1/2 cups (375 mL) Steel Cut oats
1 vanilla bean, split down the centre (or 1 tsp/5 mL pure vanilla)
2 cinnamon sticks, broken (or 1 tsp/5 mL cinnamon)
6 cups (1.5 L) water
100% pure maple syrup to serve, to taste
French Vanilla yogurt, optional

Cooking Instructions:
1. Combine apples, oats, vanilla, cinnamon and water in Crock-PotŪ slow cooker; cover and cook for 2 hours on HIGH or 4 Hours on LOW, stirring occasionally.
2. To serve: drizzle each serving with approximately 1 tbsp (15mL) maple syrup, or to taste. Top with French vanilla yogurt if you like.