Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Chocolate-Bacon Topper

6 cups water

2 cups steel-cut oats

1/2 cup sugar-free maple-flavor syrup

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, crumbled and cooled

1. In slow cooker combine the water, oats and 1 tsp. salt. Cover and cook on low-heat 5 1/2 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  **It’s best to set it before going to sleep and then you wake up, breakfast is ready!

2. For the topper, stir together syrup and dried cranberries; just before serving, stir in chocolate pieces.

3. To serve, top individual servings with topper and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

To store:  Store leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days.  To reheat one serving, place 2/3 cup oatmeal in a microwave-safe bowl.  Add 1 to 2 tbsp. water or milk; stir to combine.  Microwave 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until heated through. (Or place oatmeal in a small saucepan, stir in 1 to 2 tbsp water or milk, and heat through on range top.)


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