Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

by on October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate today/tonight? We lived at our old house for three years and never had any trick-or-treaters (not even one) so I’m pretty excited to stay home and see if we get any at our new place. I have a feeling we will because our new neighborhood seems pretty family oriented. I surely hope we have a few or else Isaac and I are going to have a lot of Kit Kats and Reese’s to eat. Although don’t worry, I’ve already done a little research and if we do have any leftover Kit Kats, I’m totally making these Chocolate Peanut Butter Kit Kat Crunch Bars. They look like something Isaac would love.

Btw, did you know that Tuesday, October 29 was National Oatmeal Day? Yeah, me neither… until I got on Facebook and saw that everyone posting about. I was a little sad because I had already eaten a big breakfast and it didn’t involve oatmeal, which meant that unless I was having oatmeal for dinner, I wouldn’t get to celebrate. Not that there’s anything wrong with oatmeal for dinner — I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve had it before. I love breakfast for dinner. :)

Needless to say, I was craving oatmeal, so on Tuesday night I made a big batch of steel-cut oats in my crockpot. I’ve done overnight steel-cut oats on the stove top before but never in my slow cooker so I was apprehensive about how it would turn out.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oats

I put the ingredients together and started the crockpot around 10PM, went to bed and upon waking up at 6AM, our house smelled like baked apples and my oats were perfectly cooked and waiting for me to dig in — quite lovely circumstances to wake up to.

Chopped Apples

I turned the slow cooker off, served myself a quarter of the batch, made some coffee and dug in. The oats were oh so creamy and I loved the chunks of cooked apples and warm cinnamon spiciness.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

All the apples and cinnamon sit at the top of the oatmeal and look really pretty when the oats have finished cooking.

The best part? The recipe makes four servings of oats. Share with others (this would be great for a holiday brunch) or save the leftover oats for a quick breakfast throughout the week — just let the leftover oats cool and place in the refrigerator for up to one week. Simply reheat the oatmeal on the stove top or in the microwave (just add a little water or milk if it gets too thick).

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal
 
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • cooking spray, butter or coconut oil (for coating the slow cooker)
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1½ cups Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup chopped apple pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup + 5 drops of liquid stevia (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • chopped nuts, nut butter, coconut sugar and/or dried fruit for serving
Instructions
  1. Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray, butter or coconut oil. Add all the ingredients into slow cooker and mix well. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  2. Place in a bowl to serve and top with nuts, dried fruit and sweetener of choice.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl October 31, 2013 at 9:13 am

Love steel-cut oats in the crockpot and I also love having breakfast made that lasts a week. I have a blueberry banana crockpot steel-cut oat recipe on my blog, but I bet apples would be taste and smell wonderful! Happy Halloween!

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Melissa October 31, 2013 at 9:22 am

Yum! This looks so good and I’ve always wanted to try making oats in the crockpot! I love all of the ingredients, so I just might try this recipe this weekend!

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Brittany Mullins November 3, 2013 at 11:51 am

Thanks Melissa! Let me know what you think if you do end up trying it.

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Sara @ LovingOnTheRun October 31, 2013 at 9:47 am

Yum this looks delicious! I have only made oats one time in the crock pot and they were plain, but still turned out delicious! I will have to give this recipe a try very soon as the temperatures are dropping!

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Molly Parrish October 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

Hi Brittany, This recipe sounds like a winner. I am going to make it soon and enjoy all week. Hope all is well with you, Isaac, Olive and your family. The pics of your little nephew were really cute!

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Brittany Mullins November 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

Thanks so much Molly! Let me know what you think if you try the recipe. :)

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Tiffany October 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Looks delicious and so easy! Do you think I could substitute rolled oats if I don’t habe steel cut oats on hand?

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Brittany Mullins November 3, 2013 at 11:47 am

Hey Tiffany, I don’t think rolled oats would work well because they cook so much faster than steel cut oats.

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Mary October 31, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I was just searching your site to find a recipe for slow cooker oats! Perfect timing! I will be doubling this to make for breakfast at a girls’ weekend tomorrow. Thanks so much!

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Brittany Mullins November 3, 2013 at 11:48 am

Awesome Mary! Let me know how it turns out.

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Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run October 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I’ve been eating hot apple oatmeal on the regular lately … with almond milk :)

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Mari @ Living with Purpose October 31, 2013 at 8:34 pm

I have almost the exact same recipe on my blog, just slightly different. So good! It’s really good substituting the apples for mashed banana too. It tastes just like banana bread.

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Brittany Mullins October 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Oh yum! I used to always use half of a banana when making regular oats on the stove top so I can imagine how good they would taste in the slow cooker steel-cut oats. I’ll have to try that next time.

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 1, 2013 at 10:54 am

This makes me want to go buy a crockpot! I am old school with my oats – I make them in a pot. It’s less time than microwaving in the long run because mine always explode and I have to clean. :)

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Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} November 2, 2013 at 7:05 pm

This looks perfect for a cold blustery fall morning. I am definitely making this for breakfast this week. Thanks!

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Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 4, 2013 at 1:29 am

whoa… that looks AMAZING!!! I am making this very soon!!!
XxOo Tasha

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Monica November 4, 2013 at 10:51 am

I made this recipe yesterday and it came out just ok. I greased the crock pot with coconut oil and the oats ended up sticking to and burning the bottom and sides of the pot. :( I’ll try it again, because my family still enjoyed it, but it was not fun to clean the mess. Next time I’ll grease with cooking spray.

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Brittany Mullins November 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

Oh no! I’m sorry yo hear that Monica. I’ve heard this happening before with overnight cooked oats in the crock pot — it could be that they cooked for too long or that they were cooked at too high of heat. I hope they turn out better next time.

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Monica November 4, 2013 at 11:21 am

Thanks for the advice! This was my first attempt at crockpot oats, so I wonder if it’s just the timing… I did use the low setting but maybe it went too long. They cooked right at 8 hrs, so will try 6 for the next batch.

I will add that I was hoping to have leftovers for the week, but my family ate all of it! Once I get the temp/timing issues right, I think this will be a recipe we use throughout the winter, and I’ll re-rate the recipe. ;)

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Kate December 8, 2013 at 10:08 pm

To make cleanup super easy, use the crock pot liners from Reynolds. ( http://www.amazon.com/Reynolds-Metals-00504-Cooker-Liners/dp/B00578EKRY/ref=pd_sim_hpc_2 ) I don’t use my crock pot without them anymore!

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Barbara February 19, 2014 at 2:22 am

Cook on warm …
low makes apples raisens burn…

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peg November 10, 2013 at 6:44 am

Just had to pop in this am and let you know, I was inspired by this recipe to purchase a small slow cooker and make this. Woke up to this yummey goodness this am!
Thanks Brit, wonderful blog and your recipes have never failed to deliver

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Eating Bird Food November 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Thank you Peg. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the steel cut oats! Thanks for reading and trying my recipes.

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kelly November 11, 2013 at 11:28 am

I made this recipe this weekend and it was perfect on a chilly morning. I even had some leftover to bring to work this morning! Thanks for the great recipe!

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Samina November 11, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Any tips on baking this in my oven?

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Joyce December 14, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Can this be made only with milk instead of milk and water ?

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Eating Bird Food December 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Definitely!

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Laurie January 9, 2014 at 7:24 am

Delicious! I did substitute 2% milk for the almond milk because that’s what I had, and omitted the sweetener. I will definitely make this again and will share it with my friends.

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Andrew Buerger January 18, 2014 at 9:33 am

Can’t wait to try it. My family will love it.

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Eating Bird Food January 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Thank you Andrew. Let me know what you think if you try the recipe. I’m so glad you found my blog.

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Andrew Buerger January 19, 2014 at 11:36 am

Turned out great. We didn’t have steel cut so it got a little mushy. But, the kids & I loved it. Great to wake up to a warm meal ready to go. We make an overnight oats in the warm months with our B’more Organic Vanilla skyr in the ‘fried. So, this is a wonderful version for the colder months.

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Stephhanie January 23, 2014 at 10:19 am

Hi there, this recipe sounds great! I am going to give it a try tonight and double it up. Do you think it would freeze well?

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Eating Bird Food January 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

Awesome. I’ve never frozen oatmeal so I’m not 100% sure but let me know how it goes if you try it! :)

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Kristen January 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm

Just put this in the crockpot for the morning, I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Thanks!

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stephanie January 29, 2014 at 11:50 am

Hi. I just made this and it was great! I have lots of leftovers. I know I can freeze them but j was wondering if anyone knew a way to.use them in something such as cookies or muffins.

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Sheronna February 1, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Found this page through Google. U tried it last night & it must have been good because there was no more when i got up. My daughter ate two servings. I did use less water by 1/2 cup and I added craisins before starting the cooker. Thanks for the recipe.

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Eating Bird Food February 1, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Oh wow! I’m so glad your daughter liked it. You’ll have to make another batch. :)

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Alison February 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

I made this last week, and I’m making it again tonight. So delicious and easy!! Thank you so much for this recipe!

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Lauri March 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I’m not a good guesser when it comes to what size crock pot a recipe was cooked in. Could you please post that? I’m thinking 2qt but I’ve been wrong before. Thank you. It looks delicious!

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Brittany Mullins March 2, 2014 at 5:50 pm

Hi Lauri, I cooked this in a 6 qt crockpot.

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Joan March 9, 2014 at 11:07 pm

Anyone have nutritional info. for this recipe (as prepared above, minus any toppings)? Need it to convert to WW Plus points.
Making it tonight – can’t wait for morning! :-P

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kelly April 5, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Do you peel the apples? I like to include skins when I can (for nutrition) but I’m not sure if it will work well in this recipe.

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kelly April 7, 2014 at 9:00 am

As an update I did not peel the apples and it was great. The skin just gave it a little crunch. I also used sweetened almond milk (it was all I had in the fridge) and skipped the sweetener and maple syrup and it still came out really tastey. I would rate the recipe 5 stars but my phone is being silly about it.

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Brittany Mullins April 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

Hi Kelly. I’m so sorry I missed your first comment. I didn’t peel the apples either. I like the extra crunch too. So glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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