Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

  • By KJ

Slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal is a comforting breakfast dish that is easy to prepare and will fill your home with a wonderful aroma. It’s made with wholesome oats, fresh apples, warm cinnamon, and a splash of milk for creaminess. Sugar gives the dish a touch of sweetness and vanilla adds an extra special touch.

This is a fool-proof way to cook oatmeal. Plus, you’ll only end up with one dish to clean. Simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker and walk away.

Serve this for a large crowd at brunch. Or prep the oatmeal in advance and reheat it throughout the week for a delicious breakfast on the go.

Overhead photo of oatmeal in a white bowl topped with apples and cinnamon with a gold spoon laying in oatmeal.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal is a comforting breakfast dish that is easy to prepare and will fill your home with a wonderful aroma. It’s made with wholesome oats, fresh apples, warm cinnamon, and a splash of milk for creaminess. Sugar gives the dish a touch of sweetness and vanilla adds an extra special touch. 

This is a fool-proof way to cook oatmeal. Plus, you’ll only end up with one dish to clean. Simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker and walk away. 

Serve this for a large crowd at brunch. Or prep the oatmeal in advance and reheat it throughout the week for a delicious breakfast on the go.

Overhead photo of oatmeal in a white bowl topped with apples and cinnamon with a gold spoon laying in oatmeal.

Why KJ Loves

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Oatmeal is getting an easy upgrade with this slow cooker version! I love how hassle-free this oatmeal was, and how it gave me a healthy, meal-prepped breakfast for the week! Plus, it makes your house smell all warm and cinnamon-y. 

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Ingredients:

1

Old-fashioned oats

Make sure to grab old-fashioned oats—also called “rolled oats.” Don’t use steel-cut oats, as they take longer to cook.

2

Milk of choice

Use whole milk, 2%, or even an oat or almond milk to make this a dairy-free slow cooker oatmeal! Want extra indulgent oatmeal? Go for the whole milk!

3

Apples

Tart apples are a lovely option for this oatmeal recipe since we are adding a little sugar for sweetness. I like to use granny smith or Honeycrisp apples!

4

Brown sugar

Brown sugar sweetens the oatmeal. But it also mingles with the apples for an added complexity of flavor. 

5

Vanilla extract

The details make a difference!

6

Cinnamon

Warm and perfectly spiced

an overhead photo of oats and apples covered in milk and topped with cinnamon in a crockpot.

How to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal With Apples

Making oatmeal in a slow cooker is just as easy as making it on the stovetop—except you end up with creamier results (and a lot more oatmeal for the week!). 

Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Stir all the ingredients together in the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours or until the oatmeal is soft and cooked through. 

Keep an eye on your oatmeal at about the 2-hour mark to make sure you don’t overcook it.

an overhead photo of oats, granny smith apples, cinnamon, and milk cooking in a crockpot.

Serving Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

All your favorite oatmeal toppings are game here!

Serve warm with a drizzle of honey, extra milk/cream, raisins, dried cranberries, or chopped nuts!

an overhead photo of a white spoon scooping up cooked oatmeal, apples from a crockpot.

Slow Cooker Oatmeal Apple FAQs:

Can I substitute other types of oats?

I recommend old-fashioned oats for the best results. You can substitute quick-cooking oats, but you may end up with mushier oatmeal. I would not recommend substituting steel-cut oats, as they won’t cook as well, and you’ll end up with tough, chewy oatmeal. 

Here’s the low-down on the difference:

Old-fashioned oats have been rolled and flattened. They’re sometimes called “rolled oats.” 

Steel-cut oats have not been flattened. Instead, they’re cut into pieces. 

Quick-cooking oats have been cut into pieces as well, but in much smaller pieces than steel-cut oats.

Why should I make oatmeal in a slow cooker?

If you’re used to preparing oatmeal on the stovetop or in the microwave, why try a slow cooker? 

Oatmeal in a slow cooker is perfect if you have a big crowd to feed. Try serving this with brunch for a warm, cozy dish (and a delightful aroma). 

It’s also a great option for meal prepping breakfast for the week. Just add the ingredients and cook…and you’ve got food for several days. 

But the best reason? Oatmeal in a slow cooker gets you delectably creamy results.

Can I make this gluten-free?

Yes. Make sure to use gluten-free oats, meaning they’re made in a facility that doesn’t process foods with gluten. 

Can I double the recipe?

You can easily double this Crockpot oatmeal recipe. Cook it the same way—but just make sure your slow cooker is big enough to handle the batch. 

How long does the slow cooker oatmeal last in the fridge?

Store your apple cinnamon slow cooker oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge. It should last up to five days.

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Slow cooker apple cinnamon oatmeal is a comforting breakfast dish that is easy to prepare and will fill your home with a wonderful aroma. It’s made with wholesome oats, fresh apples, warm cinnamon, and a splash of milk for creaminess. Sugar gives the dish a touch of sweetness, and butter and vanilla add an extra special touch. 

This is a fool-proof way to cook oatmeal. Plus, you’ll only end up with one dish to clean. Simply add the ingredients to the slow cooker and walk away. 

Serve this for a large crowd at brunch. Or prep the oatmeal in advance and reheat it throughout the week for a delicious breakfast on the go.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 4 cups milk of choice (I love to use oat milk!)
  • 2 apples, diced (choose a tart apple such as a Granny Smith or Honey crisp)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Gently stir all the ingredients together in a 6-quart slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or until the oatmeal is soft and cooked through. Check in on the oatmeal around the 2 hour mark as all slow cookers cook differently. It can also be cooked on low for 4-5 hours. 
  3. Serve warm with honey, additional milk, pecans and cinnamon as desired!

Notes

  • You can peel the apples or not depending on preference.
  • My slow cooker oatmeal was done at the 2 hour and 30 minute mark. All slow cookers cook differently, so check in on yours!
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Breakfast and Brunch
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 271
  • Sugar: 18.3g
  • Sodium: 60mg
  • Fat: 5.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.6g
  • Fiber: 5.3g
  • Protein: 9.2g
  • Cholesterol: 10mg

Keywords: Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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