Overnight Apple Cinnamon Crockpot Oatmeal

Is there anything better than a nice warm bowl of oatmeal on a cool fall day? Actually, there is. It’s waking up to the smell of said oatmeal cooking when you wake up. My absolute favorite kind is apple cinnamon. It’s what my husband cooks me when we’re camping and I’ve adapted it for the crockpot at home.

This is a very simple recipe and it doesn’t take long to throw everything into the crockpot at night. I start it right before bed and we all wake up to some yummy hot oatmeal in the morning. This is perfect for those Monday mornings when it’s extra hard to crawl out of bed.

Important: Do not use quick cooking oats for this recipe. Regular Oats, rolled oats and even steal cut oats work great.

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Crockpot Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • 2 Apples
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups dry oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups of water
  1. Peel and chop the apples. Add them to the crockpot. Sprinkle the apples with the sugar and cinnamon. Pour the dry oats over everything, then add the milk and water. Cook overnight on low. The oatmeal will cook in 8 hours.


If you don’t have milk, are vegan, or want to save a few calories, use 4 cups of water instead of milk and water.

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  1. Jenn says

    Hello. I have made oatmeal in the crockpot overnight before, and yes Nancy, it kept quite well in the fridge for a couple of days. I put our leftovers into individual sized serving containers for quick breakfasts for my family. I am curious as to how this would do with steel cut oats? Anyone had any experience?

    • Julie says

      I actually always have made mine with steel cut oats…I’ve never tried regular oats. The recipe I follow calls for 1 cup steel cut oats, 1.5 cups water, 1.5 cups milk, cinnamon, 2 apples, splash of vanilla, and 1 Tbsp of cubed butter (optional). I’m curious about regular oats…with steel cut oats, I turn it on the keep warm setting to avoid over cooking. Does everyone else cook theirs on low all night?

  2. Sheryl says

    I would give it a try. Like you I’m the only who likes oatmeal in my home. I usually make a larger batch and put it in the fridge for the rest of the week. I just add a little milk or cream before warming it in the microwave. This recipe sounds like it would be worth a try this weekend.

  3. Brenda says

    For Jenn: I’ve done steel-cut oats in the crockpot, & they turn out fine. The proportion of water to oats for the recipe I have is 3:1. I use a smaller bowl to sit inside a large crockpot, & after mixing up the recipe (inside the smaller bowl), I fill the crockpot itself with plain water, up to the level of the mixture in the bowl. This water bath makes the crockpot function as a bain-marie, & cooks those oats very nicely. They are smooth & creamy in the morning. :o) I think the next time I make them I’m going to try the addition of apples & cinnamon here.

  4. Amy says

    I tried this recipe with quick oats and it was awful.
    I have prepared steel cut oats in my crockpot on low overnight and it turns out great. sticking to that from now on and will just add apple and more cinnamon the next time.

  5. Natalie says

    I made this and loved it! I want to know if anyone has ever doubled the recipe before. Any tips?

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