Slow Cooker September: Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Slow Cooker September: Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

I am writing today after a wonderful weekend.  The weather was FINALLY fall-like, in the mid-70’s and cool, crisp mornings.  On Sunday morning my 5 year old had his very first flag football game.  The game was at 9am, and despite hot weather of a few days ago, it was only 50 degrees at game time.  The boys did really well, and even had an interception in the game!   Pretty awesome for flag football, lemme tell ya!  I was such a proud Mama!  We had so much fun watching Harrison and his teammates play, and our friends Jeff and Jeanine and their kids came to watch, too.  It made for a great weekend with family and friends.

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While getting ready for the game the night before, I knew we would need to leave a little early and I knew it would be chilly.  I also knew we would be a little rushed getting out the door, but I wanted everyone to have a warm, healthy breakfast.   With this in mind, I pulled out my Slow Cooker, and grabbed the ingredients for Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal.  This would be the perfect breakfast, as it would be ready to go right away, feed all of us, and get our tummies ready for the game.

Earlier in the day I had picked up several honey crisp apples from the farmers market, which I knew would be perfect in the oatmeal.  The oatmeal comes together in just a few minutes the night before.  When you wake up in the morning it is literally ready to dish up when you hit the kitchen.  The oatmeal smells amazing, with the cinnamon, nutmeg and apples cooking up as you sleep.

Here is everything you need for a hot, healthy breakfast that is perfect for any busy morning:

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Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
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A hot, healthy breakfast for any busy morning - ready to go as soon as you get to the kitchen. Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • 4 c. water
  • 1½ c. apple juice or apple cider
  • 2 c. steel cut oats (I like Bob's Red Mill)
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 large apples, peeled and diced into chunks
  • For Toppings:
  • Brown Sugar
  • Milk or Half and Half
  • Glazed Pecans
  1. In your slow cooker, spray with non-stick cooking spray. (Don't skip this step - your oatmeal will really stick to your slow cooker and may scorch at the bottom.) Add all ingredients and stir. Place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook for 6-7 hours on low. Once done, stir before serving. Add toppings of your choice.

I hope your weekend was great!  This oatmeal is great on the weekend, and even better to throw together the night before on a weekday.  It will save you a ton of time, and help start your day less rushed and stressed.  You and your family will also enjoy a healthy, filling meal.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

Blessings for many more wonderful weekends,




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  1. looks inviting, mouthwatering, delicious and so easy to prepare!

  2. I have really got to try oatmeal in the slow cooker. It looks delicious

  3. I love anything in a slow cooker.

    and that is making my tummy rumble.

    wwwwoooooo! Go Harrison! 🙂 I can’t wait until Fern is that age! So many fun things!

  4. I’m making this tonight. I assume it will warm up for the next day. Have ever used the liners for the slow cooker? Maybe I’ll try that too. Nothing ventured….nothing gained.

    Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope you have another great weekend. Mine has been awesome.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

    • says:

      Yes, warms up great!! I haven’t used the slow cooker liners. I’m not a big fan of the plastics in the liners that are heating up next to my food. I’m sure they’re ok, and I’m probably paranoid. 🙂 I’ve had good luck with Pam/Non-stick spray (although, I’m sure these have plenty not-so-good stuff also.)
      Thanks so much Linda! Hope you enjoy your healthy breakfasts! ~Erin

  5. Hillary says:

    I just made this tonight… and it was my first time ever using my Crockpot! In the slow cooker, I added in a whole bunch of my own stuff (like cranberries and pecans), brown sugar, honey, and tons of cinnamon (I LOVE cinnamon). I also added in a cup of skim milk along with the water because I was reading on some other blogs that their oats (made in the same fashion that you made yours) were too dry or that you needed something thicker than water to thicken up the oats so that it wasn’t one big watery mess. I didn’t have access to steel-cut oats, so I used the quaker old-fashioned oats. This came out GREAT!!! I had the slow cooker on low for a little over three hours. I stopped the process at that time because it seemed like the oats were starting to burn on top and on the sides. It turned out perfectly and it reminds me of how my Dad makes oatmeal on the stove. Nothing was overly mushy. It was perfect. Thanks for this basic recipe! I am canning the leftovers and will be eating them throughout the week!

    • Hillary says:

      By the way, it seems like it depends on your crockpot. On some other blogs and on Pinterest, some people were saying that it only needed 3-4 hours to cook on low and others were saying upwards of 9 hours. Mine only took 3 and it would have been ruined had I not been checking it frequently 🙂

    • says:

      Hi Hillary,
      So glad you enjoyed it! Especially love how you added lots of your own stuff – it really is yummy with cranberries, raisins and pecans. Yes, you would definitely do a quicker time with the old fashioned oats. Steel cut oats like what I use, require a longer cooking time. For example, if I were to cook them on the stove, they would need 15-20 minutes, versus old fashioned oats, which only need a couple minutes. Good call on turning off the heat after 3 hours. So glad you enjoyed, and yes, these are perfect to eat as a ready breakfast throughout the week – quick, easy, healthy! Hooray!!


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