Bready or Not: Overnight Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot

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In recent years, we’ve been trying to eat more healthy stuff.

That means I’ve been trying more alternative grains like quinoa (okay), amaranth (bleh), and steel cut oats. What are steel cut oats, you ask? They are oats that haven’t been processed as much. They take longer to cook and they have more texture and more nuttiness to them.

That whole texture things means they are awesome when slow cooked in the crock pot.

It takes maybe ten minutes to throw everything together the night before. I don’t bother peeling the apples. Just chop, combine everything, put the lid on, close the pot.

In the morning, give it a good stir. Most of the liquid will have soaked it. It will be soft, though my crock pot creates some crunchy bits, too–which are my favorite, to be honest. Dish it up, and then add whatever topping you want– nuts (pecans are awesome), maple syrup, agave nectar, honey, more milk, more spices…

Keep the crock pot on “warm” and the slow-to-rise people can get their food, too!

Really nice thing? The leftovers. Stash them in the fridge, and for several days–maybe all week–you can scoop some out, zap it in the microwave, and go about your day.

Modified from Jamie Cooks It Up.

Bready or Not: Overnight Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot

Use your slow cooker to prepare breakfast the night before so that it's ready and waiting in the morning.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: apple, gluten free, slow cooker, steel cut oats
Author: Beth Cato


  • 2 medium-sized apples cored, unpeeled, chopped
  • 1 cup steel cut oats uncooked
  • 3 Tb brown sugar packed, or substitute with xylitol and a drip of molasses
  • 2 Tb butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 Tb ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk or any kind of milk
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Topping options:

  • milk
  • chopped nuts
  • maple syrup/agave nectar/honey
  • more spices


  • Spray the inside of your crock pot with cooking spray. Pour all ingredients (except the toppings) inside. Stir.
  • Cover and cook on low for desired length of time, like 10 hours.
  • Dish up oatmeal and add desired toppings.

OM NOM NOM all week long!