Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

If you are experiencing busy mornings, you might be interested in this oatmeal slow cooker recipe. This make-ahead breakfast recipe will allow you to still have a warm, filling breakfast before you make your way out of the house for the day ahead. You will also love waking up in the morning to the heart-warming smell of freshly baked apples.

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Is it Hard to Make Crock Pot Oatmeal?

It is not hard to make crockpot oatmeal as long as you follow these tips. First, make sure you ONLY USE steel-cut oats. If you substitute this important ingredient it just won’t work nor come out the same.

Secondly, it very important to either line or heavily grease the sides of your slow cooker before you start to make this recipe.

***If you skip this step, the oats will stick to the sides and will be very difficult to remove. 

How to Make Oatmeal in a Slow Cooker

The best part of this recipe is just how easy it is to make in your slow cooker. You will appreciate having a healthy morning meal to look forward to, and so will your kids because it tastes great!

In your slow cooker, you will add your oats, water, cider, apples, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt to greased or lined slow cooker crock and stir to combine.

Once you are done with that you will cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Your actual cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker, so check for doneness after 5 hours and adjust cooking time accordingly.

When you get up in the morning you will want to have some fresh apples cut up so that you can serve your tasty breakfast. To serve, allow cooling slightly before spooning into bowls and topping with fresh chopped apples, pecans, and some real maple syrup if desired. 

Yield: 4-6 servings

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Mornings can be hectic, so this make-ahead recipe means one less thing you need to do before you start your day. As an added bonus, this healthy and delicious overnight breakfast recipe will have your house smelling like freshly baked apple pie when you wake up in the morning.  

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 c. steel-cut oats
  • 3 c. water
  • 1 c. fresh apple cider
  • 2 medium apples, cored and diced
  • 1½ T. honey, preferably local
  • 1 t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. ground nutmeg
  • ½ t. ground allspice
  • ½ t. salt, to taste
  • To serve:
  • 1 medium apple, cored and diced
  • ½ c. pecans, chopped
  • Real maple syrup

Instructions

    1. Add oats, water, cider, apples, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt to greased or lined slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Actual cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker, so check for doneness after 5 hours and adjust cooking time accordingly. 
    3. To serve, allow cooling slightly before spooning into bowls and topping with fresh chopped apples, pecans, and some real maple syrup if desired. 

Notes

Important Tips: 

Do not substitute any other type of oats for this recipe. Cooking times are based on using steel cut oats only. 

It very important to either line or heavily grease the sides of your slow cooker crock before preparing this recipe. If you skip this step, the oats will stick to the sides and will be very difficult to remove. 

What Size Crockpot Should I Use?

For this recipe, I would use a 5-quart crockpot. You may also want to use a crockpot liner which allows for less mess when it is time to clean up. If you want to double your recipe a 10-quart crockpot may be more what you are looking for.

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