If you have been hanging in there with me and my life over the past few years, you may remember me writing about an expensive vanilla bean. It was required for a recipe that I was wanting to make, but I decided against it when I went to buy one and it was VERY pricy! Well, my sweet friend found one at T.J. Maxx, and after many months of having it, I finally made my recipe! It was delicious, so I thought that I would share it. However, be aware that vanilla beans are expensive, but there is hope of finding one in the most unexpected places!
Caramel Apple Oatmeal
by: Southern Living at Home
3 cups of uncooked regular oats
1 cup chopped dried apples
3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, split
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups milk
3 cups apple cider
3 tablespoons butter, divided
1 cup raisins
Combine first 8 ingredients and 2 tablespoons butter in a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker.
Cover and cook on LOW 3 to 4 hours or until thickened.
Remove vanilla bean; scrape seeds from inside of bean, discarding bean. Stirs vanilla seeds, remaining 1 tablespoon butter, and raisins into oatmeal. Serve warm.
This oatmeal reheats well in the microwave if you want to prepare it the night before. It also keeps up to 3 days in the fridge.