Slow cooker oatmeal

I found this recipe on What a great idea…dump everything in the crockpot the night before and in the morning, bam you have breakfast ready for you and your family! As the recipe author notes below, make sure you use the steel cut oats and not rolled oats or it will get mushy. Also, some people recommended that you could substitute some of the water for some milk. This makes 6 servings. Mmmm…


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped apple
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the steel cut oats, water, apple, raisins, butter, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla extract into a slow cooker, and stir to combine and dissolve the sugar. Cover the cooker, set to Low, and allow to cook 6 to 7 hours (for firm oats) or 8 hours (for softer texture).


  • Cook’s Note
  • Important: Use steel cut oats or this will be a mushy mess. Also, if your crock cooks too high, cook on the warm setting.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 208 | Total Fat: 5.6g | Cholesterol: 10mg

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3 Responses to Slow cooker oatmeal

  1. Dad says:

    how does this fit with the going green? It takes 2 minutes to micro oakmeal vs 7 hour of crock pot.

    • Dawn Whiting says:

      I love the green thinking! (I’ll choose to believe that is your true motivation, and not the desire to microwave rather than cook 😉 ). I actually looked it up, and it turns out the answer is quite complicated. It depends on the age of your microwave, the wattage of both devices, energy costs in your area, the type of crock pot you have, etc. The gist I got though is that it is not enough of a difference to make an impact. I’m not sure if you actually wanted to know that or not, but there you have it 🙂

  2. Dad says:

    thank you, yes it was a real question.

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