The slow cooker oatmeal is a fantastic breakfast that you can prepare and get cooking just before you go to bed. If you’re a fan of oatmeal, then you’re likely to love this dish.
This dish is perfect on a cold winters day where you’re short on time in the morning. You can simply put it on the night before and have a warm cooked breakfast ready for you when you wake up. I found that cooking for 6 hours is ideal, but if needed it can be left to cook for up to 8 hours.
There are so many variations on this dish that you’re able to make. For example, adding something like a chopped apple or different types of dried fruit will help add to this dish. I use dried cranberries in this recipe, and it tasted absolutely amazing.
If you have any leftovers, then they can be stored in the fridge for whenever you need it next. Simply reheat in the microwave, and you have amazing warm oatmeal ready for eating. I did find that it did become quite thick and not nearly as lovely as when it was fresh.
If you love videos, then be sure to check out my video on how to make this slow cooker oatmeal below. It goes through every step to making this deliciously creamy breakfast dish. If you’re just after the text version, then you can find it right below the video.
Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe
6 Hours & 15 Minutes
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups milk
- 1 tsp. cinnamon, ground
- 1 tsp. vanilla essence
- ½ cup brown sugar (Optional)
- ½ cup raisins or cranberries (Optional)
- First, lightly spray or grease the slow cooker.
- Add the oats, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, brown sugar and the raisins in the slow cooker. Gently mix together.
- Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Serve & Enjoy
- Make sure you use steel cut oats and not quick or rolled oats. This recommendation is because quick/rolled oats will cook too fast and you’re likely to just end up with a gluey mess by the time you go to eat it.
- If you want your oatmeal to be a bit creamier, then you can try substituting 1 to 2 cups of the milk with thickened cream instead.
The milk can be substituted with water if you prefer to have lighter and less creamy oatmeal. It’s also a bit healthier.
- You can also substitute the milk for a dairy-free alternative such as almond milk or coconut milk. Keep in mind both of these will add a different flavor to the dish.
- If brown sugar isn’t your thing, then you can also substitute it for other sweeteners such as maple syrup, honey or even just plain white sugar. You can also just leave out the sweetener entirely. I sometimes prefer to just drizzle some honey over the top of the finished oatmeal.
This creamy oatmeal is tasty, but you might be wondering how much of an impact it might have on your diet! If so you can find all the nutritional information you need below. Its only an estimate but should give you a good idea if you need to make any adjustments (e.g., less sugar).
There are many other slow cooker breakfast recipes that you’re able to put on when you go to bed so that you have a lovely cooked breakfast waiting for you when you wake up. If you love French toast, then something like the delicious slow cooker French toast is well worth checking out.
If you want to leave some feedback or have a variation on this slow cooker oatmeal, then please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.
Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.