Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal – Cinnamon Apple

Overnight Slow Crock Oatmeal - Cinnamon Apple

If I had a nickel for every time I burnt my mouth on hot food, I’d be well on my way to an extended Caribbean vacation by now. It’s not something I’m proud of. In fact, it’s kind of embarrassing. You would think that I would eventually learn to just freakin’ wait. But see, that would require patience, which is something I don’t have. That’s another topic for another day.

Overnight Slow Crock Oatmeal - Cinnamon Apple

I’ve burnt my mouth on coffee, pizza, pie, lasagna, cookies, and soup. And now, I can say that I’ve burnt my mouth on crockpot oatmeal. The stuff was in the slow cooker for upwards of 6 hours: that’s a pretty good indicator that it’s going to be hotter than hellfire. Did that stop me? Nope. The excitement was just too much. Food blogging is dangerous business, I tell ya.

Now that we’ve gotten that out into the open, I feel I should also confess that this is the first time I’ve ever used a crock pot. We got it for our wedding [August 2012] and it took us this long to test drive it. It’s going to be seeing a lot of use around here from now on. It’s sheer brilliance. You throw everything in, turn it on, and leave it to do all the work. I know this isn’t news to like, anyone else on the planet, but I’m still pretty amazed.

Overnight Slow Crock Oatmeal - Cinnamon Apple

This oatmeal is a delicious way to warm yourself and fuel up before starting the day. It will keep you feeling full until at least lunchtime. And another bonus? One batch will last at least about a week. You combine everything in a pot, walk away, and return to find a week’s worth of awesome. What’s not to love?

I leave you with these parting words. Learn from my mistakes – let this stuff cool for a good long while before digging in. Scoop yourself a bowl, do your makeup and hair, get dressed, and then come back for breakfast. Tongue blisters ain’t cute, y’all.

Overnight Slow Crock Oatmeal - Cinnamon AppleOvernight Slow Crock Oatmeal - Cinnamon Apple

5.0 from 4 reviews
Overnight Oatmeal - Cinnamon Apple
Nutrition Information
  • Serving size: 8
  • Calories: 241
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated fat: 10g
  • Unsaturated fat: 2g
  • Trans fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Sugar: 13g
  • Sodium: 83mg
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
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Easy slow cooker oatmeal. Prepare at night and enjoy in the morning.
  • 2 apples (cored, peeled, diced)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sucanat (or another tablespoon of brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with oil thoroughly (very IMPORTANT)
  2. Add all ingredients except your toppings to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 5-7 hours depending on your cooker. Some take longer and some are faster. We recommend trying a test run during the day to see how long yours takes before trying overnight.
Serves 6-8.
Be sure to use STEEL CUT OATS. These are heartier and take longer to cook so they are better for slow cooking.
Experiment with different flavors and fruits.

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  1. Stacey says

    Ok- made this last night- great smell in the house this morning. I added sugar in the raw, more cinnamon and bananas as my topping. And a little more skim milk cuz it needed a little more liquidity (made up that word just now!). It was GOOD- I may omit the apples next time…..and add them as a topping. Liked it- would make again with some tweaks.

    • thefitchen says

      Mmmm… excellent modifications! I like the idea of adding bananas and more cinnamon is always a good idea. I’m glad you enjoyed! :)

  2. Shanique says

    I made this and it was delicious! My jar of coconut oil wouldn’t open so I left it out :( I added nutmeg and vanilla extract to it and use slivered almonds as my topping. This slow cooker oatmeal will be a regular :)

  3. Angie says

    Made this today… and it was YUMMMYYYY!!! Mine was done in about 5 1/2 hours and had my kitchen smelling delicious! I pretty much followed the directions, but added a bit more cinnamon and a splash of vanilla. Thanks for sharing!

    • thefitchen says

      Mmm that sounds like a great modification! Happy you enjoyed! Isn’t it such a great, easy breakfast?

  4. Matt says

    You mention this is for a weeks worth of breakfasts but don’t mention how your store or reheat it?
    BTW I’m trying it tonight :)

    • thefitchen says

      You can store it in the fridge and it can be reheated on the stovetop or in the microwave. Personally, I’d recommend the stovetop! Report back with how you like it!

      • Matt says

        It was delicious!
        I probably want a little more cinnamon but that’s a minor change.
        I am not a big porridge fan but I will keep making this through our cooler months that’s for sure.

        • thefitchen says

          Awesome – Glad you liked it! It’s perfect for cold months, in my opinion. :) Add as much cinnamon as you please!

  5. tasha says

    Can this be doubled in a crockpot? We are throwing the teachers a surprise breakfast for first day back (70people) and I’d like to make a double batch.

  6. Amy says

    One tip for easy cleanup — put the ingredients into a big pyrex measuring cup (as big as will fit in your slowcooker, like 4 or 6-cup size) and then put the filled measuring cup in the slowcooker. Fill around the measuring cup with water. It cooks it water-bath style and then the pyrex cup just goes in the dishwasher (or fridge, then dishwasher!). SO easy. I do it all the time with plain steel-cut oats, and I’m excited to try this variation!

    • thefitchen says

      You must have a big slow cooker! We’re working with a small-medium sized one, so that doesn’t work for us. But if you’ve got a big one, that’s a great idea! Breakfast for a week at least. :)

    • thefitchen says

      You could try it with regular oats, but just cook it for 1/2 to 2/3 of the recommended cook time. I’ve never given it a shot, but I think it should work that way. Let me know if you try it!

  7. Jules says

    This looks easy & delicious… A perfect combo :). I’d like to print this recipe to give it to a family member ~ How do I do this without cutting and pasting? Thanks!

    • thefitchen says

      There’s a button directly under the nutritional information that says “Print.” That should allow you to easily print the recipe on one sheet of paper. :) Your family member will love you!

  8. Jillian says

    I am making this tonight!! Or should I say I am throwing all the ingredients in the slow cooker and going to bed!! Looks delish!! I think I Will throw a few cinnamon sticks in the mix to get a more prominent cinnamon flavor and take the other peeps ideas and add some vanilla too :) thanks for the recipe!!

  9. Nadia says

    I love how healthy and low calorie this breakfast is. Steel cut oats were harder to find than I thought but thankfully not too expensive once found at a local health food store. I was also surprised by what the looked like as they were finer than I expected.

    Ive just thrown all the ingredients into my slow cooker and look forward to eating some for breakfast tomorrow morning. If its as tasty as everyone says then I may have a hard time portioning it. If it turns out super delicious then I will try will different fruits too.

    • thefitchen says

      Hi Nadia –

      I’m glad you finally found steel cut oats! I love how inexpensive they are. Perfect for making big batches of this kind of recipe! Report back once your oatmeal is finished to let me know what you think!

      • Nadia says

        At first I wasnt overly fussed by the dish as I hoped for something a bit more flavoursome; but the ease of cooking, healthiness and convenience convinced me to try it again and again. Im now hooked on this dish! So glad I found this recipe.

        I now have it each morning for breakfast making a fresh batch once a week. I get 6 meals out of it and dollop a generous amount of plain yoghurt on-top. Very healthy breakfast choice for an insulin resistant person who has a family history of diabetes and weigh issues. :-) Its a great meal in the steps to better health and well-being for me.

        I tried it once with tinned mangoes but preferred the apples version instead. I’ll experiment with other fruits when I get bored with the apple version.

        My slow cooker only needs it cooked for 5 hours as any longer and it started to dry out too much and even begin burning around the edges.

        • thefitchen says

          Hi Nadia –

          I’m so glad you’re a fan of this recipe! It sounds perfect for your dietary needs and I agree, it’s such a great, easy option. You can get a lot of meals out of one batch! I’ve heard people say that they like banana instead of apple, so that’s an idea too. :)

          Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts – report back with any more variations that you try!

  10. says

    I leave the house for work at 2:30 a.m., and my wife and son get up around 8. I am going to turn this on monday morning and she will be surprised when she wakes up. Thanks!

  11. Heather says

    Other recipes use too much liquid. This turned out perfect when I left the slow cooker on warm for 10 hours. I read through comments and added a full tablespoon of cinnamon. I will make this again and experiment with other toppings like blueberries or strawberries! I might even use butter instead of coconut oil because I love the taste.

    • thefitchen says

      Hi Heather –

      I agree… and I can’t stand soupy oatmeal! So glad you enjoyed this recipe. There are a million ways to mix it up and reinvent the flavors. :)

  12. Jessica says

    5 hours? When do you start it? I’m thinking I don’t want to wake up at 2am to start this. Just curious what others do since it sounds awesome!!

    • thefitchen says

      Hi Jessica –

      You could start it around 10pm-midnight and just keep it on low temp. Add a bit more liquid to keep it from drying out. It should be fine!

  13. Lane says

    You mention in the recipe adding everything but the toppings to the crockpot. Can you clairify what parts of the ingredients list is toppings not to be added to the crockpot?

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