Healthy Slow Cooker Oatmeal

August 19, 2023   7 Comments

This healthy slow cooker oatmeal is for all the people who want a hot breakfast and don’t have time to make it.

Healthy Slow Cooker Oatmeal

I am a big fan of slow cooker oatmeal with old fashioned oats AND steel cut oats. I like to grab whatever I have available when the weather is cold.

Oatmeal is a great solution to my healthy breakfast dilemma. It is whole grain, no sugar added, four grams of fiber per serving, and five grams of protein.

There is instant oatmeal, of course, but it doesn't taste as good as old fashioned rolled oats, or steel cut oats. Also, many of the packets of instant oatmeal have added sugar and flavors that may or may not be delicious. And, it costs A LOT more per serving than a regular box of rolled oats.

Buy a 2 quart Crockpot (see below – only $10-$12) or slow cooker and mix your old fashioned oats and water at night. In the morning, your oats are ready to go! It is SO ridiculously easy and (for you college students out there), you don't even NEED a stove.


Some tips:

  • You can buy Quaker Old Fashioned oats or find the rolled oats or steel cut oats from the bulk section of your supermarket (if it has one). I find that the bulk section oats are less expensive and fresher than Quaker.
  • Use a small slow cooker (1.5 – 2.5 quart). I used my large one and it really made a mess to clean up. Picture crusty oatmeal glued to my cooker. The small ones are perfect for this task.
  • Change what you mix in to your oatmeal. You can get bored with oatmeal if you eat the same thing every day. Add different things and look forward to the meal. Don’t forget the savory option!

Sweet things to add to oatmeal:
maple syrup, brown sugar, honey
cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves
Raisins, dried apricots, dried cherries
Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries
Banana, Apples, Pear
Frozen Berries
apple butter

Savory things to add to oatmeal:
soy sauce and scallions
crumbled Hard Boiled Egg
peanut butter, almond butter, etc.
cooked vegetables from last night
grated cheese

Have you made healthy slow cooker oatmeal? What did you put in it?

Healthy Slow Cooker Oatmeal Recipe

1.6 from 15 reviews

(serves 4)

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2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (Quaker)
4 1/2 cups water


or (serves 2)

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water

Mix oats and water in slow cooker and cook on low heat for 8-9 hours. Amounts can be doubled or halved depending on the size of your cooker. These recipes will work in a 1 1/2 - 2 1/2 quart capacity slow cooker.

Nutrition Facts

For one serving without mixins: 155 calories, 2.7 g fat, 0.0 g saturated fat, 27.7 g carbohydrates, 0 g sugar, 5.4 g protein, 4.1 g fiber, 17 mg sodium, 4 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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It may be because I used a larger crockpot, but how do you keep it from burning? Every time I have tried doing this, the next day there are burned parts even if it's only been on for 6 hours.

I will be using my 6 quart slow cooker. I also will be using steel cut oats. How many times should I double or triple this recipe in order for it not to burn in my 6 quart slow cooker .

I have always had the problem of crusted oatmeal when making it in the crock pot until I changed my method. I now put my oatmeal in the small crock and then I place the small crock (it fits in mine without the lid) in my 8 quart crock cover and cook on high for 8 hours. Comes out perfect every time.

Have you tried this recipe in an instant pot?

I have been using this recipe for a while and love it! So easy and so good.

To prevent burned deposits the crock-pot bowl I always use a plastic bag liner. I use the Reynolds brand.

Avoid the crusty crock pot: mix the night before and put in fridge. Heat in microwave. Boom, you're done.

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