Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal

It's so great to wake up to a hot prepared breakfast.  This high fiber, slow digesting oatmeal is the best oatmeal has to offer while still being healthy.  This recipe uses steel cut oats and skim or 1% milk and is the ultimate comfort breakfast food with it's full, rich taste.  The apples taste great in it, but it can be made with or without fruit so everyone can add their favorite toppings in the morning.  Craisins, raisins, nuts, dates, berries, and bananas can make this a fun "oatmeal sundae bar" for kids.  Have your kids help prepare this recipe in some way the first time you make it for greater anticipation and acceptance.
Posted on


1 cup steel cut oats 4 1/2 cups skim or 1% fat milk 3 apples, diced or 2 cup fruit of choice, fresh, frozen or dried 1-2 Tbsp brown sugar or pure maple syrup or raw honey 2 Tbsp pure maple syrup (not imitation pancake syrup) 1/3 cup raw honey  1 tsp salt 1/2 - tsp vanilla extract


1) Using a 2-quart bowl that fits inside your slow cooker with the lid on, add steel cut oats, milk, chopped apples, brown sugar, pure maple syrup, raw honey, salt, and vanilla to this bowl and stir together.
2) Fill the slow cooker about halfway full with water. Set the bowl filled with ingredients in the slow cooker filled with water. Adjust the water level, so it reaches about an inch below the height of the outside of the oatmeal bowl.
3) Place the lid on the slow cooker and set on low for 7 to 9 hours.  Enjoy in the morning!