Crock Pot Apple-Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Happy day after Halloween!

My little one was a Green Bay Packer. Yeah, I know, not that original. BUT…when your husband decides that your one year old needs a jersey and those jerseys aren’t cheap that becomes your child’s Halloween costume. We have to get our money’s worth!

I am sure you guys came up with more original costumes! I would love to hear what they were?

Now onto this…

If you are like me you want to eat a breakfast that keeps you satisfied late into the morning.  I have become a little slow cooker obsessed lately. Life gets busy! I love that I can put the ingredients into the slow cooker, forget about it, and then have a meal waiting for me.

I also like that I can make enough to have leftovers for the week. With this recipe I made a batch of this oatmeal and have been feeding my husband and my one year old breakfast with it every other day for a week. Can’t beat that!

AND…you can add garnishes to the oatmeal with things like dried fruit, honey, almond milk, fresh fruit and much more to switch up the flavors so you don’t get bored.

With the health ingredients of apples, oats and flax seed you will feel full and know that you gave your body the energy it needs for the day.

Two things to mention before sharing the recipe:

You can store leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer. To reheat the oatmeal put in the microwave on high for 1 minute- stir- then an additional 1 minute.  I added a little bit of milk and mixed it before microwaving.

The original recipe called for the oats to be cooked in the slow cooker for 7 hours on low but after 5 hours I noticed that they were looking brown around the edges which was my cue that they were done. My suggestion is to make this recipe during the day when you can watch them to see how they are cooking. Then after that you will know the cooking time and can set it up to cook during work or as you sleep.

Ok now the is very simple!

After you have sprayed your slow cooker with cooking spray (so that oatmeal doesn’t stick to the sides ) start by peeling, coring and slicing the apple into ½ inch pieces. I used red delicious because that is all I had but whatever you have works. Throw those apples into the slow cooker.

Then you just measure the remaining ingredients and throw them in.

Set the slow cooker for 5 hours and then check it (taste it) at that mark to see if it needs a little more cooking.

For me 5 hours was perfect, but for Monica at The Yummy Life it took 7 hours. Like I mentioned the first time you make this I suggest you do it when you around so you can check on it. After that you will know exactly how long it takes and you can forget about it and go about your day. You want the oats to be browned at the edge but not burnt.

It is that easy and this delicious..


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Crock Pot Apple-Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

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Serves: 6-7

  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (you can substitute honey, maple syrup or other sweetener)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons butter, cut into 5-6 pieces (optional)
  1. Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples. Put into the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients (butter is optional) to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 5-7 hours (slow cooker times can vary).
  3. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, such as almonds, raisins or dried fruit as desired.

Very slightly adapted from The Yummy Life

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  1. says

    Julia, this sounds fantastic! I love that you made this in a crock pot too! It’s like you combined your homemade applesauce with oatmeal – I am 100% trying this!

    • A Cedar Spoon says

      Oh thanks! It is really delicious. You will love it. And it can’t get much easier than a slow cooker. Let me know how it turns out! :)

    • A Cedar Spoon says

      Thanks! It is so easy to make. I love having breakfast waiting for us in the morning since it can get a little crazy trying to get out the door.

  2. says

    LOVED THIS! It’s addicting. Followed the recipe exactly except I uaed about 8 Laughing Cow Light Cheese Wedges, the new Queso Fresco & Chipotle flavor instead of regular cream cheese. I’m really thinking that it added some extra zest to the recipe (after reading some of the reviews that said it was a little bland). Anyway, I served it over multi-grain brown rice and had some tortilla chips on the side. This recipe is awesome! It doesn’t get any easier than this.
    An added bonus was that my husband really loved it too. Thanks!


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