apple cinnamon slow cooker steel-cut oatmeal

Steel-cut oats, cooked all night in the slow cooker with apples and lots of cinnamon…  breakfast has never been so easy and the house smells amazing when you wake up!

We all know I love my oatmeal.  Especially when it’s steel-cut and slow-cooked.

This version is a kicked-up version of my original…  I must say, I am a classic girl and the original version is still my favorite, but the kids loved this one and I’m sure I will be making it often!

Oh! … this oatmeal reheats wonderfully, so even if you are making this just for you…  portion it out when it’s done and store in the fridge.  After a quick microwaving with a little milk or water, you’ve got instant breakfast all week!

apple cinnamon slow cooker steel-cut oatmeal


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large apple, cored and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup, or so, brown sugar (your preference!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Grease your slow cooker insert and then dump all the ingredients in. Stir, turn on LOW and cook overnight while you sleep, 8-10 hours.

In the morning, stir again (as it will still look watery and separated) and it will come right together and be ready to serve!

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  • mdawson0731

    This is the BEST overnight oatmeal recipe I have tried. I do like to use 2-3 apples instead of just 1, but everything else is perfect :) Thanks for such a great recipe!!!

  • Katie

    You couldn’t do this with regular minute oats could you?

    • annaliseree

      They would get pretty mushy I would guess. Couldn’t really hurt to try though?

  • Abbey

    What kind of apples did you use?

  • Danon

    Cook how long overnight?

    • Phil

      I would assume around 8 hours, since that’s how much sleep we should typically get.

  • Ella

    Terrible recipe. I made this last night and woke up this morning to burnt oatmeal. My husband tasted it and said it awful. I followed your recipe and even slow cooked it for 8 hours only. What a waste.

    • Sunnyskies

      Wish I had listened to your review, I just made this and burned it too, also only cooking 8 hours and following all directions.

  • Sunnyskies

    So dissapointing. Made this lasts night for this morning, woke up to a great smell. Unfortunately when I opened up my crock pot, what I found was a watery oatmeal and a whole lot burned on to the side of the pot. I followed the directions to the letter. I tried to pick out he burnt parts and add more oats to thicken it up. Too bad, it smells so good. Maybe this would work if you have insomnia and stay up all night stiring it so it doesn’t burn.

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