Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker


I was so excited to find Quaker Steel Cut Oats on the grocery shelf the other day.  They were over a dollar less expensive than the brand my store usually carries, making them pretty affordable.  I like to use steel cut oats in the slow cooker, because they hold up better.

I wanted to make something more interesting than a normal bowl of oats, so I checked out the Quaker site.  Lots of recipes over there, but none for steel cut oats.  I couldn’t believe it!

Since I didn’t find any recipes, I created my own.  Actually, the idea comes from Good Life Eats.  Katie created Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal using old fashioned oats.  I didn’t follow her recipe, but the idea came from her.

Here’s what you’ll need:  



Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal in the Slow Cooker
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1 12oz can evaporated milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  1. Spray the inside of slow cooker crock with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, stir all ingredients together.
  3. Pour into slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low for 4-5 hours or overnight. Mine cooked 8-9 hours, but if I had a programmable slow cooker I would set it for less time.
  5. Serve with extra milk, if desired.

Do you eat a hot breakfast everyday?

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  1. This looks great! Could I use regular milk if I don’t have a can of evaporated milk in the cupboard? I have everything else listed. I’ve made plain steel cut oats before and they were good.

    • You can use regular milk. I think the evaporated might be creamier, but you could increase the milk and decrease the water.

      • We have done this with milk and heavy cream and fresh pumkin is it was so yummy we got this recipe or similar last year it was just made without the canned milk and made with fresh pumpkin and I got it out of a oldies cook book..

    • Anonymous says:

      You can make your own evaporate milk by simmering 1.25 cups milk and reducing it to 1 cup

  2. Oh, this sounds so good. And the photo is gorgeous!

  3. This looks so good! We don’t eat a hot breakfast every morning but that’s something I’d like to change! I would have never thought about steel cut oats in the crockpot. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Looks yummy! I don;t have a programmable crockpot either; I wonder if increasing the liquid slightly would help with the time problem….

    I might try this tonight/tomorrow morning!

    • Anonymous says:

      My dad bought me a timer for a lamp and I use that with my crockpot since I don’t have a programmable one either.

  5. Oh I want a bite NOW! I love oatmeal with raisins and fruit. We often have it for Sunday night dinner. Most often for br’fast we enjoy smoothies. This ‘twist’ on oatmeal sounds amazing – I can’t wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. This looks absolutely wonderful! So easy too. This has been added to my must-make list of pumpkin recipes for this fall! 🙂

  7. I’m drooling just reading about this! I think I’ll rework the recipe to use maple syrup and molasses, and pastured cream and milk. I just pureed a huge butternut squash from our garden, so I have the squash hanging around. I like spice, so I’ll use some pumpkin pie spice (all mixed).
    It begs to be served with raw, whipped, pastured cream.

    Wow, this just sounds amazing. Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. How much does the recipe make ? I am dying to make this. Can’t wait!!

    • Shannon, according the the oatmeal box, 1 cup would make 4 servings, but it seems like more than that to me. We put the extra in the fridge and warmed it in the microwave the next day.

  9. You can use a plug in timer like you use for Christmas lights to have it turn off at a designated time to prevent overcooking, I do this a lot and it works great. The oatmeal looks yummy.

  10. I’m going to put this into the crock pot tonight! My son has an early morning cross country meet in another city. It’s supposed to be a cold, blustery fall day… we’ll need this to help keep us warm while we watch his team run. The team is hoping to qualify for regionals! (The it is on to states)

  11. This looks great. I never thought of oatmeal in the crockpot. I will definitely give it a try this weekend.

  12. Hi! I don’t post much (4 boys now 8 months to 10, but I’m on here 2-3 times a week!) Do you think I could use regular oat groats instead of steel cut oats?

    • LadyLep, it has been a long time since I’ve seen a comment from you. I think the last time, you were getting ready to stock your freezer before your baby arrived. What a blessing 4 boys are!
      To be honest, I’m not sure about using the oat groats. They usually require soaking before cooking. I’ve never used them, so I don’t know what they’re like. It’s worth a try though!

      • I bought some today and figured I should try it your way first. 🙂 I’ve only used oat groats and regular oats, but not steel cut or quick oats.

  13. I trust my crockpot over night. So I am going to make this during the day tomorrow.

  14. I just bought myself a new 2-qt Crockpot (they’re currently $4 at my WalMart!) and made this oatmeal in it on Sunday. It was delicious – even my picky eater teenage son liked it. Thanks for sharing this recipe – I will be making it a lot this fall and winter.

  15. This was great. So happy to find your recipe, I had small amounts of leftover pumpkin and evaporated milk after some baking. I had just enough for a half recipe, luckily we have one very small crockpot. Only one of our cookers has programmable timing – that is a great tip about using a wall timer! I will do that next time.

  16. Yummy!

  17. Tiffiny,
    thank you so much!

  18. I need to make enough for 24 people…. Should I just multiply everything by 6 since it says it serves 4? Sorry to ask but I’m a terrible cook! Seems like that would be too much pumpkin and evaporated milk but I don’t know….. I’m making this for my church!

    • I’m not sure how it would work to make that big of a batch. It might be easier to borrow several slow cookers and make a bunch of smaller batches. If you’re serving it in disposable bowls, you will probably get more servings from the recipe and could do just 4 crocks of it. You maybe able to double the amount and do 2 batches, just use a 4 quart crockpot if you do. Hope that helps!


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