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Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

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Today I am sharing this delightful Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe, using Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker.

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe, using Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker.

Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal

We’ve had several below-freezing mornings in a row where we live, which is pretty darn cold for us.  Quite often during this time of year, we go to bed needing the air conditioner and wake up needing the heater!  (Which makes for lots of lost sweaters and coats!)

On a cold morning, there is nothing better than waking up to a delicious and already cooked pot of healthy and filling oatmeal in the crock pot.  I’ve made several versions of this recipe (banana, pumpkin) and the kids always enjoy the oatmeal.


Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe, using Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker.

(Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker)

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Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal Recipe, using Steel Cut Oats in the Slow Cooker.


Overnight Apple Pie Oatmeal in the slow cooker:


  • 1 to 1 1/2 cup steel cut oats (depends on how “liquid-y” you like your oats. I used 1 cup for these photos)
  • 4 cups liquids (I usually use 3 cups water and 1 cup milk)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 Fuji, granny smith, or Jonathon apples, peeled, cored and chopped into 1/2 inch pieces)
  • 1/4 cup raisins (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or more if you prefer, I like to add my butter and sugar after cooking to get the taste just right…)


  1. Coat the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray or oil. (I always just use a crock pot liner.) Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Stir to combine.  Cover, and cook on low for 7 hours.  You don’t want to cook longer than 7 hours or the oats might burn.  (happened to me once and it was very stinky!)
  2. If you normally sleep longer than 7 hours, and don’t have a programmable slow cooker, try using a timer that you plug into an outlet.  You can assemble your oatmeal and have the timer turn the slow cooker on 7 hours before you wake up.
  3. Serve up your oatmeal in a bowl and add additional butter, sugar or milk to taste.
  4. Store leftovers in refrigerator.



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  1. Do you have to use steel cut or could you use instant?

    1. When its comes to oats, you have steel cut, old fashioned and instant. This recipe is awesome for steel-cut because they take 30 minutes to an hour to cook on the stovetop and the slow cooker takes all the effort out. That being said, yes, you can use regular old-fashioned oats in this recipe. I would do 3 cups of water to 1 cup oats and slow cook on low for 8 hours. I do not recommend instant oats for this recipe. Good luck!

  2. How many serving does this make?
    Thanks, Jen

    1. Typically, 1/4 cup of steel cut oats equals 1 serving. In that case, this recipe would be 4 servings.

  3. This looks great. Perfect for the days my son has cross country practice. Breakfast will already be ready and waiting for him. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh my, I am not really a big oatmeal fan, but I would totally eat this! This looks absolutely delicious! You may turn me into an oatmeal fan after all!

  5. Good Morning Jammie,
    I would just love waking up to a great bowl of this oatmeal, it looks awesome! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Visiting from the link up. I bought a bag of steel cut oats and didn't have much luck making them the way the package said too. I can't wait to try this. Just pinned it!

  7. yum yum. ive never tried steel cut oats but have heard so many good things about them. i bet it would taste good with regular, but you prob couldn't cook it overnight?

  8. I'd love to eat this sometime! Saw your link on What's in the Gunny Sack. So glad I clicked on your link. Great post!

  9. I love my oatmeal – especially the steel cut type, but hate how long they take to cook. NOW I'll be able to wake up and…no more waiting! 🙂 Yay! Thank you so much for this great recipe, Jamie!

    xoxo laurie

  10. I'm always on the search for good oatmeal recipes. I love the idea of having this ready when I wake up in the morning. Have you shared your banana version yet?

  11. Thanks for sharing this. It does look so good. I had to Pin it to Pinspiration so I won't forget to come back and actually make it. 🙂

  12. Looks yummy. I'm not normally an oatmeal person, but I might give this a try!