Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal are creamy steel cut oats cooked in a slow cooker with fresh apples, maple syrup, and cinnamon. This is one breakfast you’ll love waking up to!
My baseball team the L.A. Dodgers made it to the postseason for the 3rd straight year, only to lose in the first round again last week. Naturally I’m disappointed, but I’m wondering if some sort of destiny thing is going on and they probably wouldn’t have gotten past the Cubs in the next round anyway. You’ve heard about the prediction in the movie Back to the Future from 1985, haven’t you? In the movie, the Cubs won the World Series in 2015. I’m not sure if it’s really going to happen, but the Cubs have been steamrolling everybody so far and I’m beginning to wonder! It’s definitely making things a bit more exciting, because otherwise I’d be done with baseball right now. 🙁
Since I’ve bummed myself out again thinking about my team going down, let’s talk about some comfort food. This Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal is just that. It’s like apple pie in a bowl!
You get to set the slow cooker up the night before with all of this apple pie – oatmeal goodness, and wake up to the smell of cooked apples and warm spices. Is there any better scent to wake up to? I think the only rival to that scent is the smell of freshly brewed coffee, and if you’ve got both, then your off to the best possible start. 🙂
You know I’m a huge fan of oatmeal and have numerous baked oatmeal and overnight oat recipes. It’s the way I love to start my day. I also love steel cut oats, which are minimally processed compared to other oat varieties as they’re simply oat groats that have been chopped smaller. They do take much longer to cook than rolled oats, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker.
I used Old Bessie here — the blue slow cooker I’ve had since I got married 18 years ago. She’s still plugging away! I also have a newer slow cooker with a timer, which was in use at the very same time. I think having two slow cookers is totally necessary. 🙂
When you make these oats the first time, I suggest that you make them during the day and monitor how long it takes for them to cook to the best consistency for you. The longer they cook, the crispier the edges get, and they can easily burn as well. I’ve made these several times, and my advice is:
- spray the inside of the slow cooker generously with cooking spray to make clean-up easier
- use a slow cooker with a timer if it takes less time for the oats to cook than it does for you to wake up
- if you prefer creamy oats with no crispy edges, you may want to line the inside of the slow cooker with foil. the oats are perfectly creamy this way!
As for the apples, they aren’t apple pie consistency here. I’ve made these oats a few times, and whether I diced them or cut them into larger slices, they become completely soft. I like to use a combination of Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples for the tart-sweet thing, but you can use your favorite variety.
This Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal is so easy, and is the best possible way to wake up in the morning. It’s like eating apple pie for breakfast, and what could be better than that?
Nothing. Absolutely nothing. 🙂
More oatmeal deliciousness:
- 2 medium apples, cored, peeled, and cut into 1" cubes (I like to use the Granny Smith and Pink Lady varieties)
- 1 cup steel cut oats
- 4 cups water
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup (or substitute with brown sugar)
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- Spray the inside of the slow cooker generously with cooking spray. Place the diced apples in the bottom.
- Place the oats, water, maple syrup, and ground cinnamon in a large bowl and stir to combine. Pour the oat mixture over the the apples. Cover and cook over low heat for 6-8 hours*.
- Serve with your choice of milk, more cinnamon and sweetener, and toasted pecans, if desired. Enjoy!
Cooking spray is a must as the oats stick to the sides of the slow cooker, making clean-up a chore. You can also line the inside of the slow cooker with foil to prevent sticking and results in perfectly creamy oats!
This recipe makes enough for leftovers, which I store in an airtight container in the fridge. Reheat in a microwave or pan on the stovetop with the milk of your choice.
To toast pecans, place on a rimmed baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes until fragrant and golden.
Recipe by Flavor the Moments.