Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal


Gingerbread Slow Cooker Oatmeal - best oatmeal ever!

I’ve made this Gingerbread Oatmeal twice.  Both times, Jim has texted me later in the morning to say it was an awesome breakfast.  These really are fantastic.

In addition to the common cinnamon and brown sugar, they also have ginger, a bit of cloves and vanilla.  The combination is full of fall flavor.

Even my daughter, who has never eaten (or been willing to try) oatmeal, liked these.

And they’re really easy to make too.  Set them up at night before going to bed and they’ll be ready to eat in the morning.  I do use a timer for my small crockpot so they don’t have to cook all night.  You can read more about making your own programmable crockpot here.

Here’s what you’ll need:  

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I apologize for the lighting in this photo.  It’s getting dark earlier in the evenings now and I’m going to have to start getting out my photography lights for photos.

Slow Cooker Gingerbread Oatmeal

Serves: 6 servings

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. molasses
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  1. Spray slow cooker inside with cooking spray.
  2. Stir all ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Pour into slow cooker.
  4. Cook on low 4-5 hours.
  5. Serve with milk.



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  1. Gingerbread Oatmeal!!! It’s like Christmas in a slowcooker!

  2. What size slow cooker is that? It looks smaller than a 4 qt. I only have a 6 qt, and I want to buy a smaller one for smaller recipes, since I often find that it gets too hot for what I make.

  3. Sounds delicious…I’ve some apple cider, maybe I’ll water it down a bit. But six servings from only one cup of oats? Really? I’ve got three preteen boys – I don’t know that 1 cup of oats would feed 6 people in our house…especially steel cut which don’t seem to enlarge as much as other oats.

    • I agree that it seems strange to get so many servings. We do add milk, so that helps some. It just seems to go really far for us. If you try it, let me know how far it goes in your house. This is one reason I don’t like giving serving suggestions. It really just depends on who you’re feeding. With growing teenage boys, all bets are off!

  4. Sounds amazing! I haven’t thought about cooking oats in apple juice!

  5. hey! the recipe looks great, but 6 servings from only 1 cup of oats? I can eat 1 cup all by myself……….

    • I know it sounds strange, but we really do get that many servings from 1 cup of oats. Remember, you’re also using 4 cups of liquid. I think I may do a post on this soon, since I’ve gotten a few questions about it.

  6. Can you use regular oatmeal if you don’t have the steel cut?

  7. Thank you for sharing this recipe:) I love oatmeal and have been eating it my whole life and this is by far one of the best tasting oatmeal I’ve tried. I bought a timer and tried it out this afternoon to be sure I set it correctly. 4 hours was perfect . Now I feel comfortable to try it during the night. I can’t wait to have it again tomorrow 🙂 thanks

  8. Sue Brokaw says:

    This looks delicious… but I’m, well, not allergic to apple products, but they don’t agree with me, so I’m wondering if you have any suggestions for alternatives to using apple juice in this recipe. I could put maybe a half cup of apple juice in it, but what else could I use, besides water??

  9. do you have nutritional info? Especially carbs. Sounds very high sugar. Thank you

  10. Can I have it set overnight as I would make this before going to bed and plan to eat it Christmas morning? So would it be ok if it was set on low for over 6 hours?

    • Amber, I use a timer (like the kind you use for lamps or a christmas tree) to set the slow cooker to come on later. That way it doesn’t have to cook as long. The timers can be found for about $4 or $5.


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