Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Apple Cinnamon

Mornings can be hectic, so this make-ahead recipe means one less thing you need to do before you start your day. As an added bonus, this healthy and delicious overnight breakfast recipe will have your house smelling like freshly baked apple pie when you wake up in the morning.

Important Tips:

Do not substitute any other type of oats for this recipe. Cooking times are based on using steel cut oats only.

It very important to either line or heavily grease the sides of your slow cooker crock before preparing this recipe. If you skip this step, the oats will stick to the sides and will be very difficult to remove.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Apple Cinnamon

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup Steel cut oats
  • 3 cup Water
  • 1 cup Fresh apple cider
  • 2 Medium apples, cored and diced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Honey, preferably local
  • 1 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, to taste

To serve:

  • 1 Medium apple, cored and diced
  • 1/2 cup Pecans, chopped
  • Real maple syrup


  • Add oats, water, cider, apples, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and salt to greased or lined slow cooker crock and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Actual cooking time will vary depending on your slow cooker, so check for doneness after 5 hours and adjust cooking time accordingly.
  • To serve, allow to cool slightly before spooning into bowls and topping with fresh chopped apples, pecans, and some real maple syrup, if desired.

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