Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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

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Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. Molly Parrish says:

    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!

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

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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.

    • 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.

  9. 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. :)

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

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. Any tips on baking this in my oven?

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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.

  20. Stephhanie says:

    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?

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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

  27. 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.

    • 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.

  28. How big is a serving size?

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Hi! This looks fantastic! We have a slow cooker that I need to use more often and am going to give this a whirl today – I’m just wondering: My family recipe for apple oatmeal includes shredding the apple and throwing it in the pot – do you think I could do that here or would it release too much of the apple juice? The recipe we use (I think??) cuts down on the milk to allow for the apples to cook more in their own juice but I’d really like to not screw this up! I don’t have a basis for “normal” liquid ratios in steel cut oats so I’m wondering if you think I could get away with shredding the apple.

  30. i luv this & have it every morning i top it with chia & hemp seeds then mixed berries its a bowl full of nutrition & sustained energy

  31. I just finished making this recipe. Can barely wait to taste in the morning. Have recently changes my diet to include healthier food. This seems healthy and filling! Will let you know the outcome. Thanks!

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