Overnight slow cooker apple-cinnamon oatmeal makes for a hearty, healthy breakfast. On the coldest of days, it’ll warm you up from the inside out. Because it’s made in a slow cooker, you can wake up to a warm breakfast any day of the week.

Overnight slow cooker oatmeal makes for a hearty, healthy breakfast. On the coldest of days, it'll warm you up from the inside out. Because it's made in a slow cooker, you can wake up to a warm breakfast any day of the week. \ Recipe on PassTheSushi.com

Oh, I know what you’re thinking, ‘Oaaaatmeaaaal.” Sigh, “But Kita, we don’t come to your blog for oatmeal.” but trust me on this one. Besides, if it was all ‘Manwiches‘ and deep fried lasagna this blog would be all about my cardiac arrest and struggle with opening Lean Cuisine boxes.

I’d like to believe that I could eat a cheeseburger every night but that simply isn’t an option. Sure indigence is fun, but we have too keep it straight and narrow if we want Handsome to stick around to build me something new and spiffy (or fix that bike that’s been hanging in the garage for a few weeks now *hint hint wink wink*).

And Oatmeal is Surprisingly Good for you.

Is eating oatmeal every day good for you? Isn’t it a giant bowl of carbs? Yeah, it has carbs, but they’re not like the carbs you get from more refined cereals. Oatmeal is incredibly high in fiber, so it actually helps you feel full longer. And is therefore a pretty good option if you’re looking lose or maintain weight. Just don’t fill it up with piles of sugar. Pouring a 1/2 cup of maple syrup over the top is not the way to a shrinking waistline πŸ˜‰

And it is energy. You do need fuel if you’re going to ride a bike for 4 hours, and oatmeal packs it in. I like apples in mine, but I hear that there are crazy disturbed people out there that put berries in their breakfast. Yucky, squishy, berries. How could they? For me, some apple, cinnamon, and just a touch of brown sugar will do it.

Overnight slow cooker oatmeal Recipe | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

If you’ve been reading Pass the Sushi, you’ll know I’m not a fan of the first meal of the day, and often skip it until lunch. But overnight slow cooker oatmeal was something I thought I would love. And I did. For a few bites, until I remembered I’m not a fan of breakfast. I’m trying though!

Update – I am becoming a much bigger fan of breakfast these days (as long as it can wait until 10 am or so…) Here are some of my recent creations;

More Breakfast Recipes

Just do us both a favor and give this overnight slow cooker oatmeal recipe a try. I bet you’ll love it.

This oatmeal is packed with flavor, has a great texture, reminded me of childhood breakfasts and was something I wanted to love. Maybe if I work in small doses, I’ll get there. In the meantime, help yourselves, because there are plenty of leftovers. πŸ˜‰

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Overnight Slow Cooker Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal

Overnight slow cooker apple-cinnamon oatmeal makes for a hearty, healthy breakfast. On the coldest of days, it’ll warm you up from the inside out. Because it’s made in a slow cooker, you can wake up to a warm breakfast any day of the week.
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Author: Kita Roberts
7 hours 2 minutes
Serves: 2 servings


  • 2 apples - peeled, cored, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (2-1/2 to 3 cups chopped)
  • 1-1/2 cups fat-free milk
  • 1-1/2 cups water 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons butter - cut into 5-6 pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Optional garnishes: chopped nuts - raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter


  • Coat inside of 3-1/2 quart (or larger) slow cooker with cooking spray. Add all ingredients from apples to salt to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for 7 hours.
  • Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add optional toppings, if desired.


Refrigerate or freeze leftovers. To reheat single servings: Put 1-cup cooked oatmeal in microwave proof bowl. Add 1/3 cup fat-free milk. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. Continue cooking for another minute, or until hot. Recipe can be doubled in 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Increase cooking time 1 hour.
from The Yummy Life


Serving: 1g | Calories: 882kcal | Carbohydrates: 133g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 52mg | Sodium: 579mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 59g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. Hubby would love this!! I liked oatmeal as a child…but I think mine was equal parts oatmeal to brown sugar. I think I’ll make this when my FIL visits…he loves oatmeal, too~

  2. We love oatmeal here, but only with lots of butter and brown sugar. I think after we add all that it becomes not so healthy for you! LOL! This looks good with nice texture.

  3. The best and easiest breakfast to make in the world! The only thing I put in the slow cooker is the oatmeal and water. It cooks overnight and I add what I want in the AM. Usually rasins, cinnamon and agave nectar. Probably why mine doesn’t look nearly as good as yours!

    Great post

  4. I’m all about recipes that require you to toss ingredients into a crock pot and then sleep. Great dish, you’ve made oatmeal look sexy and that’s quite a feat. Well done! Buzzed πŸ™‚

  5. RavieNomNoms says:

    I heart oatmeal! It is one of my favorite things in the morning or even at night! I wonder if I could make this in the morning and then eat it at dinner time when I come home from work?!

  6. Ooo I love oatmeal and everything about Breakfast. Especially ones that cook overnight without me watching over it πŸ™‚ Might have to bring out the slow cooker tonight.

  7. I happen to love oatmeal and am always looking for new ways to make it. I have a huge slow cooker and am always nervous to make oatmeal in it as I’m afraid it’ll burn, but one of these days I think I just need to go for it. This looks great.

    1. I was too lazy to walk to the basement and get out my little slow cooker, so I used my 5qrt one. I was worried about the size but figured what the heck. It turned out just fine. A little crispy on the edges, but I liked that for texture.

  8. I’m sad that you don’t like breakfast…that’s the one meal I can’t live without!! But for someone who’s not a breakfast person you sure do make a mean bowl of oatmeal. I’m adding this to my list right now!!

  9. I used to skip breakfast until dome health problems were brought to my attention since then I’m trying my best to have a couple of bites early in the morning.
    Your oatmeal sounds great, we all love oatmeal and I think I’ll have to take the slow cooker out of the box.
    Thanks for sharing Kita

  10. Ah this looks so good!! It’s not just the ordinary oatmeal! I only wish I had a slow cooker to make this with… =(

    1. Everyone should have a slow cooker! This makes me sad πŸ™

  11. This strikes me as delicious. I have never used a slow cooker for oatmeal I would have to buy a smaller one. Nothing like steel cut oats. I was raised in Ireland and grew up on porridge and was over it for a long time but it is growing on me all over again.

  12. Thanks for this recipe. We have been eating a lot of Bircher Muesli lately, but I am ready for a change and this looks delicious.

  13. I love oatmeal and I used to buy those individually packaged ones, until recently. Now I make it stovetop with my own add-ins, brown sugar, cinnamon, etc. But I never knew you could make oatmeal in a slow cooker. Very cool.

  14. We love oatmeal. I cooked this for breakfast and it was delicious! It is definitely going to become a regular at our house. I love that breakfast was all ready when we woke up this morning!

  15. I put this together last night and I’m eating it as I type (well, you know, I had to put the spoon down and all)…..it’s DELICIOUS! Will definitely be making this again!

  16. Mary Wilshire says:

    You can make a big batch and refrigerate the leftovers for later in the week. You can also freeze the oatmeal in a loaf pan and slice off what you need for each day.

  17. Last thing I want to do is stand at a stove half awake in the morning to make myself a bowl of steel cut oats. I have made this breakfast regularly since I Pinned it a while ago. It’s a delicious breakfast to wake up to in the morning!! Thanks for the great recipe.

  18. Thank you for this recipe. It is the BEST! I added some raisins, chopped almonds and one unpeeled apple. (Two apples is too much for us). Pour a little milk over a serving and warm it in the microwave and you have a delicious creamy oatmeal. I did the 8 hr overnight the second time and it was fine. A quick soak is all that is needed to clean the bowl.

    1. Oooh now I want to make this <3

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