Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries

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Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats sure make it easier to get up in the morning.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries

Good Morning Oatmeal

The warm and inviting fragrance of apple and cinnamon has filled the house while you were sleeping. And a hot and nourishing breakfast is right there, waiting for you. How awesome is that? If you have to get kids ready for school, you have just eliminated a whole lot of extra stress, too.

A bowl of oatmeal, with apple slices

Steel Cut VS Rolled Oats

Its exactly what the names say. Rolled oats are steamed and then rolled flat. Steel cut oats are the whole grain which has been chopped with a steel blade. For more information check out: What’s The Difference Between Steel Cut, Rolled, and Instant Oats.

Although they are pretty equal as far as nutrition, I prefer the texture of steel cut oats over rolled oats. The downside is that steel cut oats require a much longer cooking time. But, that’s what makes them ideal for the slow cooker.

The oats stay a just a little chewy, even after a long cooking time. And you can make a big batch, put it in the fridge, and reheat it for a few days because they do keep their texture. Rolled oats will turn to mush with such a long cooking time. And that’s just not appealing at all.

Two bowls of oatmeal with spoons

Add Some Delicious Flavours to your Oatmeal

I sliced up an apple and put in some dried cranberries and cinnamon, but the add-in possibilities here are limited only by what’s in your pantry. Try raisins, pears, nutmeg, and cloves for another delicious combo.

The apple will cook right into your oatmeal if added at the beginning, which is so flavourful. And, when it’s time for breakfast, we still like to have some fresh apple slices, too, for the crunch.

It’s great to have a pot of these slow cooker steel cut oats, on hand, staying warm, if your family members are on different schedules, too. Anyone can dig in whenever they roll out of bed.

It can’t get any easier to throw this together before going to bed. Every time I make this, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. We like to eat ours with a drizzle of honey and a splash of almond milk.

And here’s another way to wake up to your oatmeal: Overnight Oats – Maple Walnut

Oats are great for baking, too. Try Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookies,  Cranberry Date Squares or Rhubarb Blueberry Oatmeal Bars.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries


A bowl of oatmeal

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal

Wake up to a delicious and nourishing breakfast with this slow cooked steel cut oatmeal with apple and cinnamon.
4 from 2 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 113kcal
Author: Colleen



  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 apple cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • fresh apple slices
  • honey or maple syrup
  • almond milk or dairy milk, any other nut milk, soy, or rice milk


  • Put oats, water, apple, cranberries, and cinnamon in slow cooker on low setting.
  • Cook for about 8 hours (longer is fine)
  • Serve hot, with toppings of your choice.


If you put leftover cooked steel cut oatmeal in the fridge, you can reheat again in the slow cooker. Just add some liquid; (I stir in some almond milk). You can also reheat in the microwave, if desired.
Calories and other nutrition info are without toppings.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with apples and cranberries

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats


4 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats – Overnight Oatmeal

  1. I love steel cut oats! I never attempted to cook them in the crock pot before- I will have to give this recipe a try! Looks delish.

  2. You are so right, have breakfast ready in the morning, and half of the stress has gone! 🙂 . I like this bowl of comforting oatmeal, where you can add whatever topping you like and enjoy a delicious, nutritious breakfast.

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