Take the stress out of your morning routine with this Overnight Apple Pie Slow Cooker Oatmeal! Made with steel-cut oats, apples, cranberries and spices! A perfectly delicious way to start your day! Hungry for breakfast? Ty this Easy Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole or Lemon Blueberry Scones!
Apple Pie Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Saturdays and Sundays my boys rise before the sun. Monday through Friday I’m having to pull them out of bed to get ready for school.
Days off – get up early.
School days – sleep in.
Does anyone else see that there is something seriously wrong here?
I think they are secretly plotting against me. I keep telling them that mommy needs her beauty sleep but…well, let’s just say they’re not being cooperative.
Why Slow Cooker Oatmeal ROCKS
This is why I am in LOVE with this slow cooker breakfast. I throw everything into the slow cooker just before heading to bed and wake up to the most glorious, delicious, satisfying breakfast on the planet: Overnight Apple Pie Slow CookerOatmeal.
Now, we are big fans of our slow cooker. We make dinner in it at least once a week and breakfast just as frequently – if not more.
Slow Cooker Oatmeal Ingredients
Not a whole lot goes into this oatmeal recipe:
- steel-cut oats
- dried cranberries
- apples (I used Granny Smith)
- apple pie spice ( or pumpkin pie spice)
It’s really super easy – just make sure to use the steel-cut oats!
The first morning I made this oatmeal, the boys were still in bed (a school day, obvi) and Chris was heading to work. I had already packed him up a bowl of this goodness and the aroma was just amazing. (Note: be the first one in the kitchen in the morning so that you can experience the sweet and spicy aroma that wafts up as you remove the lid to the slow cooker….heavenly!)
Chris had checked in on each of the boys to give them a kiss goodbye before leaving and apparently that, and the combination of the apple pie fragrance was enough to get Reece out of bed. He walks out saying “Mommy, what is that smell? It smells soooo good!”
Breakfast my son, breakfast.
He gobbled this up like a champ.
I personally thing that oatmeal doesn’t need any sweetener, buuut, my boys insist on a drizzle of honey or a spoonful of brown sugar. Keeps them sweet, I say 🙂
I love to top this oatmeal with some fresh apple slices and dried cranberries and a sprinkling of cinnamon – so good and I love that it keeps me full until lunch.
The perfect breakfast really!
More Breakfast Favorites
- Cranberry Almond Breakfast Cookies
- Breakfast Trail Mix
- Homemade Biscuits
- Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
- Sausage and Egg Hash Brown Cups
How To Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal
Overnight Apple Pie Slow Cooker Oatmeal
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 apples cored and chopped (I used Granny Smith)
- 2 tsp apple pie spice cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
- Combine oats, water, dried cranberries, apples, and apple pie spice in a 4 qt slow cooker.
- Put the lid on and turn the heat to low.
- Cook for 7-8 hours until the oatmeal is nice an creamy.
- Top with fresh applies, cranberries, and cinnamon if desired.
- Serve with a drizzle of honey or a spoonful of brown sugar if you'd like it sweeter.
Originally published January 15, 2015.
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Overnight Strawberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole
Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast
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Have you tried this successfully with regular old fashioned oats? Also, have you tried it with milk instead of water? Thanks!
Made this tonight! Can’t wait to try it in the morning!
Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe says
I’ll definitely have to give this one a try. I have a hard time choking down a bowl of oatmeal but know it’s good for me, so I’ve been on the hunt for a version I can try that’s not loaded with sugar, etc. This might have just enough added to get me to eat it. 🙂 [#CraftyAndDelicious]
Sarah @ SnixyKitchen says
As a grad student, I TOTALLY relate to your boys! I’ll delay work as much as possible by sleeping in during the week, but weekends are my chance to get things done – no time for sleeping in! Hehe. You’ve sold me on the smells of this oatmeal wafting through the house! I’m putting this in the crockpot this weekend!
Becky at Cooking with Vinyl says
Yum! This sounds good. I make overnight oats, but I like the idea of using my slow cooker to have them warm when I wake up. I found your blog on a link party. I look forward to reading more. I’ve followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. Thanks! Becky
Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff says
Trish, I’m reading this while I’m eating my microwave oatmeal. Now I want to make yours … guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow morning??? Pinned 😉
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
I would love waking up to a bowl of this oatmeal! Sounds amazing!
Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips says
Pie for breakfast! I’m in love!
heather @french press says
Trish, I can almost smell the apples and cinnamon! GORGE pictures, and that oatmeal sounds heavenly
Kathleen @ Yummy Crumble says
This looks like something I need in my life 🙂 I’m going to have to try this for sure. If it makes my house smell like apple pie, that’s reason enough!
Carol at Wild Goose Tea says
I have set up a fairly serene get away routine in the morning. But I wouldn’t mind coming into the kitchen and smelling this. I never thought to make oatmeal, which I eat most weekday mornings in my dear ol’ friend the slow cooker. Thanx!
Man, I wish I could sleep in on school days, but we teachers get to work crazy early! This would totally see me through a morning of teaching, though, and I love that it cooks overnight. Great idea!