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Wake up to a healthy and hot breakfast with this Slow Cooker Oatmeal recipe. They are delicious, satisfying and couldn’t be easier!

You can start this at night if you have a slow cooker with a timer. If not, I put this on when I first get up. By the time I make breakfast, pack lunches, take the boys to school, and run it’s ready. Just in time for a post-workout, healthy breakfast.

 Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I like to add protein powder to my oatmeal. It’s a good post-workout and satisfies me longer. Of course, you can omit the protein powder without it affecting the tastes or texture.

When I first started eating steel-cut oats, they were hard to find. I could only get them at the health food store. However, now they’re widely available. I prefer this brand. All the grocery stores in my area have them. If you have trouble finding them, you can purchase here.

 Slow Cooker Oatmeal

What are steel cut oats?

Steel-cut oats are also referred to as Coarse-cut, Pinhead oats, or Irish oats.

The most common types of oats are steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats. The difference between each type of oat is how they are processed. This processing affects the look, texture, and cooking time for each oat. Steel-cut oats are processed by chopping the whole oat groat into several pieces. This gives the oats a grainier texture, has more fiber and takes longer to cook thus standing up to slow cooking.

You need steel cut oats for this recipe. Traditional rolled oats will turn to mush in this recipe.

 Slow Cooker Oatmeal

How do you make slow cooker steel cut oats?

To make slow cooker steel cut oats, add all of the ingredients to your slow cooker. Cook them on low for 3 hours.

Once they’re ready, add any toppings that you want. I like the texture dried cranberries or raisins and nuts give the oatmeal. I added sunflower seeds and chia seeds with a dusting of ground cinnamon.

Some other options you may like are

  1. Drizzle honey, maple syrup, or cream over the top
  2. Add applesauce
  3. A spoon of peanut butter or almond butter would add protein and flavor
  4. Nutella would be amazing
  5. Almonds or another nut
  6. Fruit such as blueberries, apples, pears, bananas, etc
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Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Healthy and satisfying, let your slow cooker provide this hot breakfast.
Author: Paula
5 from 8 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups almond milk unsweetened, low fat
  • ½ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder *optional
  • *optional - 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds; or 1 tablespoon raisins/craisins


  • In a slow cooker, combine oats, milk, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and protein powder (if adding). Whisk until well combined.
  • Cook on low 3 hours or until liquid is completely soaked up by oats.
  • Stir and serve with desired toppings


Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 27g | Calcium: 343mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing oatmeal recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    In article you 7 hours low 3 hours high. In recipe it says 3 hours low. Could you verify? Thank you!

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