Simple Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple 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.

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 6-8 hours
Serves: 4-6

Tips to Avoid Frustration:

For best results do NOT substitute any other type of oats for this recipe. Cooking times are based on using steel cut oats only.

Also, to save frustration it’s 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 creating a frustrating mess.


1 c. steel cut oats


3 c. water

1 c. apple juice or cider

2 medium apples, cored and diced

1½ T. honey or 2 T sugar

1 T ground cinnamon   

½ t. salt, to taste

To serve:
1 medium apple, cored and diced

½ c. pecans, chopped

maple syrup to taste



  1. Add oats, water, apple juice or cider, apples, honey or sugar, cinnamon, and salt to a well greased or lined slow cooker crock pot and stir to combine.

  2. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Actual cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker!

  3. To serve, allow to cool slightly before spooning into bowls and topping with fresh chopped apples, pecans, and some maple syrup, if desired.

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