The aroma of warm cinnamon and apple with oatmeal will make a nice wake-up call on a cold morning.

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Find disposable slow-cooker liners in the wraps and bags section of supermarkets.

Prep time: 15 minutes. Cook time: 6 to 7 hours (low).

Makes 8 servings

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4 cups water

1 ½ cups apple juice

1 cup steel-cut oats

½ cup regular barley (not quick-cooking)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

½ tsp. grated fresh ginger or

¼ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. salt

¼ cup packed brown sugar

1/3 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted

2 medium apples, coarsely chopped

Honey (optional)

Fat-free milk (optional)

1. Line a 3 ½- or 4-quart slow cooker with a disposable slow-cooker liner. In slow cooker, combine water, apple juice, oats, barley, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.

2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours. Before serving, stir in brown sugar. Top with pecans and apples. Serve with honey and milk.

Each serving 218 calories, 5 g fat (0 g sat. fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 81 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrates, 5 g fiber, 5 g protein. Daily Values: 3 percent vitamin C, 2 percent calcium, 4 percent iron.

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