6 Ways to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal

6 Ways to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal


I’ve been doing lots of experimenting lately with slow cooker oatmeal flavors.

Some have been a huge hit.  And others weren’t blog-worthy at all.

I tried blueberry oatmeal cooked in blueberry-pomegranate juice, which turned out tasting like grape oatmeal.  Not good.

And I tried maple brown sugar, which sounded so good, but was just okay.

However, these 6 recipes are all fantastic!  I tend to like things sweet, so if your sweet tooth isn’t as big feel free to cut the sugar.

I’ve also got two tips on using your slow cooker for oatmeal, so keep scrolling after the recipes.  

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

pumpkin spice oatmeal done

Peaches and Cream Oatmeal

peaches and cream slow cooker oatmeal done


Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal

Hot Spiced Apple Cider Slow Cooker Oatmeal


Gingerbread Oatmeal

Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal - best oatmeal ever!


Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Cranberry Orange Oatmeal


Apple Oatmeal

apple oatmeal done


Slow Cooker Tips for Oatmeal

I use a small, 2 quart slow cooker for my oatmeal.  And I pair that with an electric timer, so that the oats don’t have to cook all night long.  I set it to come on about 3am.  I’ve had good luck using this system.

If you’d rather use your regular 5 or 6 quart cooker, you can do that by using a water bath.  Here’s a post from Mom Advice explaining how to do that.

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  1. This is great, Tiffany! I’ve been wanting to try homemade oatmeal that could switch up our morning routine, but I haven’t had the motivation to experiment or hunt down recipes. This is super helpful. Thanks so much.

  2. What brand is your timer? I am searching for one online and can’t quite make out the name?

  3. I bought a $5 timer in the Christmas lights section at Walmart (after you shared that hint recently). I have a 2 quart slow cooker. Now I just have to decide which recipe to try first. Can’t wait!

  4. Ordered my timer. Can’t wait to try these. I found out awhile back that the all night recipes are mushy and leave the crock in a horrible state for cleaning.

  5. I’d be interested in cooking oats in the slow cooker — but all of your recipes are for *sweet* oatmeal. I don’t add fruit or any sweetener. Instead, I make savory oatmeal with veggies or cheese or salsa as stir-ins. My favorite is oatmeal with sauteed spinach, tomatoes and mushrooms. I’m going to try just plain oatmeal in the slow cooker so I can add in whatever I want. And I might experiment with slow cooking an all-in-one savory oatmeal concoction.

    • Yes! I love cheese oats with salt and pepper – no sugar, no milk, just salty, savory goodness!

      • Interesting! Is it kind of like cheese rice?

        • I’ve never had cheese rice. I put whole oats in a small sauce pan, add water, cover and cook normally. Then, I mix in kosher salt, black pepper and Colby jack or cheddar cheese. I tend to go heavy on the cheese. :o) This will fill me up without feeling snacky before lunch. In the Trim Healthy Mama plan I mentioned the other day this would be a “crossover” breakfast – so not really one to lose weight with, but I need longevity from a morning meal and this keeps my sugar levels steady all morning.

    • Elsi, I need to try a savory version. I would normally use rice for a dish like this, but using oats is intriguing!

  6. Trying the pumpkin spice tonight. Used the steel cut oats…that’s all I buy. Needed this to be dairy free so I used a mixture of soy, almond, and coconut miks. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  7. It was a hit! I made a few changes to match what I had on hand.

    1 cup of vanilla soy milk, 1 cup of almond and coconut milk blend, 1/3 cup brown sugar since the vanilla milk was slightly sweet, and 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

    Since there were only two of us eating, we will be reheating the leftovers for tomorrow’s breakfast.


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