I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times before. “Breakfast is the most important part of your day!” Well, it’s true, and I’m saying it again. Especially for kids, because right now is the time they form habits, and making sure they are eating breakfast each morning is a good habit to form.

What’s an easy way to get nine essential nutrients that benefit your health, every morning? Milk. The best part? You don’t have to drink a gallon of it to reap the benefits.

Breakfast in this house happens to be everyone’s favorite meal anyways. On the weekends, I’ll go “big” and make all the fixings – eggs, bacon, and whatever we feel like that morning, be it pancakes, french toast, or muffins.

During week though, there’s just not enough time for me to cook breakfast. That’s why I love making things ahead of time, like this Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal.

It’s easy, because you simply throw all the ingredients into the crock pot the night before, set it, and wake up to the most delicious aroma.

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal


  • 1.5 cups steel cut oats
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 2 apples peeled, cored, and diced
  • ? cup raisins
  • 1 Tb Cinnamon
  • ? cup brown sugar
  • dash of salt


  1. This couldn’t be easier. First, spray your slow cooker with cooking spray, or insert a liner.
  2. Add EVERYTHING into your slow cooker, and cook on low 6-7 hours.
  3. Serve with a little milk, and store leftovers in the refrigerator.

When I haven’t prepped something for breakfast the night before, our backup is always cereal, ice cold milk, and a piece of fruit.

Breakfast to me is not only about what you’re eating, but it’s also about the family time we have before the day gets busy and crazy.

We like to start the day by talking about our plans for the day, and how we can make each and every day a great day!

Sometimes less really is more. When you choose natural milk, you’re getting nine essential nutrients packed into a few natural ingredients. To learn more about what Washington dairy families are doing to keep your milk pure, fresh and local, visit akeyingredient.com. You can also follow along on Facebook.

How do you like your oatmeal?

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Washington State Dairy Commission via Mode Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Washington State Dairy Commission.