Healthy, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

by | Apr 5, 2016 | breakfast

I’ve been adapting and updating some of my favorite recipes to make them more healthy. My Healthy, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is one of these recipes. It’s delicious!

I enjoy oatmeal for breakfast. Real oatmeal. Not the instant kind in packets. I especially like making it with steel cut oats. They are less refined, and contain healthy benefits, including more fiber than rolled oats or quick oats.

This is a delicious recipe that uses these wonderful steel cut oats, with no sugar, real fruit, and natural ingredients. (Bonus!)

There’s two ways I make this oatmeal: 1) Prepare before going to bed and let it cook overnight, or 2) Prepare it over the weekend (or any day) to have on hand for busy mornings in the week ahead.

My slow cooker cooks this recipe perfectly on low in 7 hours. Slow cooker temperatures may vary. I would suggest making it during the day for the first time so you can monitor when the oatmeal is done. The last thing we want is burnt oatmeal!

The leftovers are wonderful, and the oatmeal tastes even more flavorful the following days. It also freezes well.


Healthy Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Healthy, Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

2 apples, peeled, cored, cut into small bite-sized pieces
1-1/2 cups skim milk (or a non-dairy alternative)
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup uncooked steel cut oats
2 tablespoons honey (or another sweetener)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

Spray inside of 3-1/2 quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approximately 7 hours (slow cooker temperatures may vary). 

After cooking, unplug slow cooker and let oatmeal sit for a few minutes. Spoon oatmeal into bowls. Add desired toppings (optional) such as nuts, raisins, milk, maple syrup, butter, etc. You choose!

Refrigerate leftovers.


Servings: 7 (3/4 cup) servings



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  1. kristine

    OH MY GOODNESS! Julie, I am loving this recipe. My husband calls me crock pot queen because we use the crock pot so much! So needless to say, this recipe is right up my alley! Can’t wait to try:)

  2. Tara

    Yum! Looks delicious.


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