Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Creamy, warmly-spiced Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal is a marvelous make-ahead breakfast to share with family. Set it up the night before and have delicious oatmeal in the morning!

Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal - gluten-free, refined sugar-free and healthy!

Have you ever made steel cut oatmeal in your crock pot?

If you’ve made steel cut oats, you know it can be time-consuming to prepare it on the stove top. It requires 30 to 40 minutes of cook time, and because it can boil over easily, it needs to be monitored. My solution to this? Preparing steel cut oats in the crock pot!

The major benefit to this recipe is you simply put all the ingredients in a crock pot, give it a stir, and let it sit on low heat. You’ll end up with plenty of oatmeal that you can bring to work for breakfast throughout the week, or you can make this for friends and/or family when you’re entertaining overnight guests.

Recipe Notes:

  • I will say, you’ll definitely want to use full-fat canned coconut milk in this recipe to ensure the oatmeal doesn’t stick to the sides of your crock pot. The coconut milk will make the steel cut oatmeal super thick and creamy and delicious!
  • While you can serve the steel cut oatmeal with almond milk, I don’t recommend using almond milk for the cooking portion of this recipe, as it has a tendency to separate.
  • You can replace the pure maple syrup with honey or brown sugar if that’s your preference over pure maple syrup.
  • If you’re looking to serve more than 4 people, simply double the recipe!

Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal - refined sugar-free, gluten-free, and healthy breakfast

Enjoy your morning porridge!

Crock Pot Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal - gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and healthy!

Apple Cinnamon Crock Pot Steel Cut Oatmeal

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Author: Julia



  1. Add all of the ingredients to a crock pot and stir well.
  2. Place crock pot on the low setting for 7 to 9 hours, until the liquid has been absorbed. If possible, stir the oatmeal part of the way through.

  3. Serve generous portions of oatmeal with your sweetener of choice (honey or pure maple syrup recommended), almond milk, coconut milk, or regular milk, plus additional raisins and walnuts.

Recipe Notes

*You can also use buckwheat grouts or buckwheat porridge for this recipe

**Replace ghee with unsalted butter or vegan butter spread to keep the recipe vegan


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  1. Julie

    This is our Sunday breakfast this weekend, for sure! I just love you. Aren’t Stephie’s boot cuffs cute? She amazes me, and I made her. ๐Ÿ™‚ Miracles do happen for sure! Here’s to hoping that I get to make you breakfast in person in 2014. Have a fabulous rest of your week, my dear.

  2. Dearna @tohercore

    I actually woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed after New Years eve – I think a week of festivities caught up with me so I was quite well behaved NYE! Even without the hangover though Im always in the mood for oats, so heading over now to check out your recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  3. Debra

    One resolution was to clean out the pantry—it is always a mess. I found some steel cut oats in the bottom. Another resolution? Use them! Happy New Year!

    1. Julia Post author

      Stephie is one amazing gal. I tried crocheting once and didn’t last but 10 minutes. The cuffs are all adorable and super cozy. You’ll love the oatmeal! Let me know if you try it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Julie

    Ok. Here’s a real question. I’m planning on this for our breakfast Sunday. We’ll get up around 7:30 for church, but I’m a light weight as far as staying up late, so it’s 10:30 PM when we turn out the light (at the latest). That’s right at 9 hours. If it goes a little over, is that a big deal, or should I make it the day before and then re-heat it? Thoughts??

    1. Julia Post author

      You should be fine, but maybe add a little extra liquid. Mine came out pretty thick, so I’d go liberal on the liquid and you’ll be good to go. Yaaay, I’m glad you’re making this! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Heather @ The Soulful Spoon

    This looks AMAZING. I just found your blog today and I’m hooked! I adore oatmeal, so of course, checked out your oatmeal recipes first:) I just adore your style of blogging and your tastes in food.I can’t wait to see what’s up next! You’re very talented:)

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi there! I’ve never tested the recipe using quick cook. My guess is you’d be better off making the recipe on the stove top with the quick cook versus the crock pot. Let me know if you try either method!


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