Slow Cooker Oatmeal couldn’t be easier to make. You can even make it the night before! It’s healthy, delicious and can be topped with anything you love!

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I’ve been making Slow Cooker Oatmeal for as long as I can remember now. It’s one of the recipes everyone in the family can agree on in the morning. Plus, it’s inexpensive and can be doctored up any way you like it. We top ours with everything from hemp seeds, to berries, sliced bananas, chopped walnuts, maple syrup, honey and more.

As the seasons change and the weather gets colder, I have a growing desire to make warm, hearty foods for breakfast. To me, a hot bowl of oatmeal before heading off to school on a chilly morning gives kids a sense of comfort — not to mention enough energy to carry them through to lunch.

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How to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal

This recipe is about as easy as 1, 2, 3 and basically cooks itself. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Place 1 cup steel cut oats, 2 cups water, 2 1/2 cups milk and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in your slow cooker.
  2. Cook the oatmeal on low heat for 2-6 hours. The amount of time can vary depending on your slow cooker. Some that don’t have non stick surfaces can get hotter then others.
  3. Stir in your desired toppings and serve!

Got a Rice Cooker?

Don’t have a slow cooker? You can make this recipe in your rice cooker on the porridge setting. Super duper easy!

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Slow Cooker Oatmeal is great if everyone in your family needs breakfast at different times. It stays warm in the slow cooker so whether someone needs breakfast at 6am and someone else needs it at 9am, both will have a special breakfast to warm them up. You can even prepare it the night before so there’s no stress when the morning comes and everyone is hungry! It’s the easiest breakfast you’ll ever make.

More Oatmeal Recipes

I’ve now made this recipe five days in a row now, so there must be something about it that’s working! Let me know what toppings you always add to your oatmeal and tag me on Instagram if you make this recipe!


Slow Cooker Oatmeal

5 from 1 vote
Servings: 4
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon


  • Place the first 4 ingredients in a crock pot and stir to combine.
  • Cook the oatmeal on low heat for 2-6 hours (the amount of time can vary depending on your crock pot. Some crock pots that don’t have non stick surfaces can get hotter then others). Oatmeal will stay warm overnight. 
  • Stir in desired accompaniments and serve.
  • * I like to let the kids squeeze in their own honey to get them involved.
  • * Swirl in a bit of extra milk to cool it down for kids.
  • * Optional ingredients: berries, fresh or frozen fruit, chopped nuts, chocolate chips, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spices or other toppings you enjoy. 
  • * Don’t have a crock pot/slow cooker? You can make it the same way using a rice cooker on the porridge setting. 



Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 65mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Hello, thank you fir your recipes. I’m looking fir a large good quality crock pot. What brand is yours? What’s the size and where did you purchase it from ? Thank you

  2. I was looking for recipes with milk for my baby, found this, and cooked it for my 14m son and he loved it. Thank you! Please add more recipes with milk if you have more. Can we add chicken broth instead of water to this meal?

  3. Just prepped a double batch of this oatmeal! I freeze individual portions in ice cube trays for my 9 month olds daily breakfast. Have done this for both my babies, they love it!

  4. Hi how soon do you store the oatmeal after you cook it overnight? Also do you reheat after you take out of the fridge?

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