This Slow Cooker Crockpot Apple Oatmeal recipe is made with fresh apples, cinnamon, old-fashioned rolled oats, or steel cut. If you are a fan of apple pie you are going to love this dish for breakfast.
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Why Use a Slow Cooker
I love to use a Crockpot or pressure cooker when making something like this because it will help get the apples nice and soft, the perfect texture for oatmeal. You can make this recipe on the stove, but if you want soft apples, I recommend to cook them separate from the oatmeal first. Follow the remaining package instructions for prep.
What Type of Oats to Use
You can use old-fashioned rolled oats or steel cut oats in this recipe. You cannot use quick or Instant Oats.
What Type of Apples to Use
I like to use a combination of Gala and Honey Crisp apples. Honey Crisp are sweet, with just a little tartness, and are also crisp. Blending them with Gala makes the perfect combination.
You can use any apples. If you have favorites, go for those. I recommend using a couple of different varieties, that way you have notes of different flavors in the spread.
If you want sweet cider go for Red Delicious, Gala, or Fuji apples. You can read about The Nutrition of Apples here.
Do You Have to Peel and Core the Apples?
Peeling the apples is a matter of preference. The skin is loaded with tons of nutrients so feel free to keep them on if you wish. Remove the core and any seeds.
How to Make Slow Cooker Crockpot Apple Oatmeal
Detailed measurements and full instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Add oatmeal, milk, apples, cinnamon, sweetener, and vanilla to the slow cooker.
- Stir to combine.
- Slow cook.
Cook Time and How Long to Cook
Rolled oats will cook faster than steel cut. For rolled oats cook for 2 hours on High or 4- 5 hours on Low.
For steel-cut oats cook for 3-4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.
Your cook time will vary based on the slow cooker you use (they all cook at different speeds!) and how you like your oatmeal. If you like it thick you will need to cook it a little longer.
Toppings and Ideas for Add-Ins
- Fresh apples
- Nuts and pecans
- Protein powder
- Shredded Coconut
How to Store
Leftovers can be stored in the fridge tightly covered and sealed for 3-4 days.
You can freeze oatmeal tightly covered and sealed for up to 6 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge.
More Apple Recipes
More Slow Cooker Crockpot Recipes
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Slow Cooker Crockpot Chicken and Rice
Slow Cooker Crockpot Turkey Breast
Slow Cooker Crockpot Chili Mac and Cheese
Slow Cooker Crockpot White Chicken Chili
Pulled Pork Sliders
Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup
Crockpot Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Sweet Potato Oatmeal
If you want to use a pressure cooker check out our Instant Pot Apple Steel Cut Oats recipe.
Slow Cooker Crockpot Apple Oatmeal
- Spray the slow cooker with cooking oil to prevent sticking. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker.
- For rolled oats cook for 2 hours on High or 4- 5 hours on Low.For steel-cut oats cook for 3-4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low.Your cook time will vary based on the slow cooker you use (they all cook at different speeds!) and how you like your oatmeal. If you like it thick you will need to cook it a little longer.
- Taste repeatedly and add additional sweetener if necessary. You can thin out overly thick oatmeal with additional milk or water until it reaches your desired texture.