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Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal makes breakfast time simple, healthy and delicious! Throw this easy oatmeal recipe in the crockpot the night before and have a warm bowl of fall oatmeal waiting for you in the morning for a hearty, healthy breakfast or snack. 

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal in a bowl


I have a simple, healthy breakfast recipe for you guys today! Do you ever use your slow cooker to make oatmeal?

Well if you haven’t tried it, you should!

It is a nice way to skip the hassle of making breakfast on a busy morning but still be able to put something healthy on the table.

And of course with fall comes an abundance of apples, one of my favorite fall ingredients. I use them in all kinds of recipes like these Skillet Apples, Apples Pancakes, Apples Bars with Pumpkin Pie Spice Icing and this Crockpot Applesauce Recipe

This Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe will put your favorite apples to good use {but of course you don’t have to add apples and can just do a plain oatmeal}.

It is not only easy, but makes a nice bit batch of oatmeal to feed your whole family.

I like to keep half of the oatmeal in my fridge to heat up on busy mornings or even portion it out and put it in the freezer for down the road when things get busy.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal in a blue bowl

There are a few things I really like about making steel cut oats in the crockpot.

First of all this recipe for Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal makes a big batch.

I always have plenty of leftovers to refrigerate some for during the week and then freezer some in small portions to use throughout the following few months.

The nice thing about making them in the crockpot is that you can leave it overnight or while you are at work and it does the work. You have a big batch for the whole week!

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal with apples.

The slow cooker also helps create a softer texture for the steel cut oats. Steel cut oats are known to have a bit of a chewier texture.

My kids do not like the texture of steel cut oats cooke don the stove so I find this version much better when it comes to texture.

They love eating it out of the slow cooker.

My kids love to add lots of fun toppings to their oatmeal including fresh fruit, nuts and seeds and chia seeds.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats in a blue bowl above.

Why are steel cut oats healthy for you?

Steel cut oats are better for you thank a sugary bowl of cereal hands down. They are also slightly better for you than regular, classic oatmeal. Here is why:

They are gluten-free, low calorie and contain no cholesterol or sodium.

They contain 29g of carbs and also provide a healthy amount of calcium, magnesium, iron, antioxidants, and B vitamins. They also provide 158mg of potassium.

The fiber content and density of steel cut oats are what makes them filling and beneficial to your body.

What toppings should I use on steel cut oatmeal?

  • I like to add nut butters to get some healthy fats into the meal. Try peanut butter or almond butter.
  • Chia seeds or flax meal help add nutritional value.
  • Fresh or dried fruit.
  • A good drizzle of honey or maple syrup.
  • Nuts and seeds are also a nice addition.
  • Stir in a spoonful of Greek yogurt to add creaminess and calcium and protein.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal with almonds.

What else can I make with steel cut oats?

Overnight Triple Berry Oatmeal

Baked Blueberry Banana Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

Overnight Refrigerator Strawberry Banana Coconut Oats 

Baked Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal in a bowl

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 5 minutes

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal makes breakfast time simple, healthy and delicious! Throw this easy oatmeal recipe in the crockpot the night before and have a warm bowl of fall oatmeal waiting for you in the morning for a hearty, healthy breakfast or snack.


  • 2 apples, peeled and cored, diced {optional for an apple version-you can leave these out}
  • 2 cups fat-free milk (or substitute non-diary alternative like almond milk)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cup uncooked steel cut oats
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice


  1. Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray or use a non-stick insert in your slow cooker.
  2. Peel, core and dice the apples. Put into the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approx. 5-7 hours (slow cooker times can vary-I always check it at 5 hours and give it a stir to see if it is the texture I like} or high for 4 hours.
  3. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, such as almonds, nut butter, seeds or fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey.


If you have leftovers store them in the fridge in an airtight container. When you want to heat some oatmeal up put your desired amount in a microwave safe bowl and heat it up. It should last up to a week in the fridge.

If you want to freeze the oatmeal, you can portion it out. I like to do a measuring cup and put them in a freezer bags. Once you are ready to eat it let it thaw overnight and then heat as you would above. It can last in the freezer up to 3 months.

Toppings ideas:


Nut butter


Fresh apples

Another sprinkle of cinnamon

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It is such a great way to have breakfast waiting for you on a busy morning. We love it!

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Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

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!


Saturday 27th of December 2014

What a great idea! I have to try that!

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