Cooking Time:8 Hours
Ingredients4 c. Vanilla Almond Milk
4 T. Honey
2 T. Butter
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
2 c. Dry Old-Fashioned Oats (NOT Instant)
2 c. Apples (peeled and sliced)
1/2 c. Chopped Walnuts (optional)
3 T. Brown Sugar, if desired
Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal is one of my all-time favorite Slow Cooker breakfast recipes – actually, one of my all-time favorite breakfasts! I usually double the recipe and reheat leftovers for dessert later in the day or for breakfast the next day.
If you want to wake up to this deliciousness in your slow cooker, you can do what I do: I prep the ingredients before going to bed, then set my alarm and get up place everything in the slow cooker 5-6 hours before I want to eat breakfast. Then I go back to bed and let my slow cooker do all the magic. Waking up to the aroma of Slow Cooker Apple Oatmeal is such a nice treat. I hope your family loves this as mine!
- Mix all ingredients together and place in a slow cooker greased with butter. (or use a slow cooker liner)
- Using a programmable slow cooker and Cover & Cook on LOW for 1 hour, then let it switch to WARM for the rest of the night while you’re sleeping. (about 8 hours in total)
- Serve by itself or top with milk (especially good this way for the kiddos!)
Optional: Add 1/2 cup of raisins before Crocking.
(NOTE: I updated this recipe on 7/25/15 – ingredients have been doubled (a single batch simply cooked too fast for most people using a medium sized slow cooker. Cooking time has been updated from 5-6 hours on LOW. I now set it to LOW for one hour when I go to bed, then let it cook on WARM for the rest of the night. This prevents the oatmeal from overcooking.)
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Anyone try this yet?
i’ve made this twice. the first time it was good. the second time it was amazing!! the second time I doubled the recipe using 1/2 milk and 1/2 water. not nuts (i don’t like nuts) but yes to raisins. I’m still eating on it, just keeping in the fridge. Yummy!!
Can I double or triple this?
Hi Dotty….Make sure that your crock pot is about 2/3 full – that will help with even cooking. You can double/half the recipes to fit your crock pot. If you choose to double the recipe, it would be best to have a 7 quart Crock Pot. I have had great luck …with Cuisinart and you can access the Cuisinart web store directly from my website http://www.getcrocked.com (right side) They have models that are all programmable with removable inserts. Good luck and Happy Crocking!
how many servings is this recipe?
Hi Kym, You will find our serving size at the top of each recipe page on getcrocked.com, on the right side, but this recipe makes 4-5 servings.
This is so good! I don’t like oatmeal, so I made it for my husband, and I LOVED this. The next time I will probably adjust the brown sugar, because it tasted like a desert it was so good. Didn’t I already say that! 🙂
If this only cooks for 5-6 hrs, then it seems that you would have to stay up till midnight to put this one, then get up at 6 to turn the crock pot off. How does this work? If I put this on at 10pm tonight, will it be okay to cook till I get up at 6:15?
Amber, Unless you have a programmable crock pot, you would need to set your timer to put it on at night. When I make it, it only takes about 4 hours for the crock pot I use, so it depends also on your crock pot. I would also double the recipe, as you will want left overs, that is if there is any? 🙂 It is my husbands favorite breakfast.. Happy Crocking!
I am putting this in my crock pot tonight. I doubled the recipe cause I have 5 to feed. Looking forward to having some yummy oatmeal in the morning. Recipes like this will be awesome when it is actually cold outside. Right now it is still getting into the high 70’s low 80’s on some days. I will report back tomorrow with the outcome.
Am I going to be able to sleep if imsmelling breakfast cooking all night long??
I have made this twice and it was really good! Both times it was even better the next day.
I doubled and used almond milk instead of regular milk. It took the entire 6 hours to cook when doubling. The whole family loved this. (also omitted nuts)
Could you use steel cut oats? Or do half rolled, half steel cut?
Hi Kylie, I know others have used the steel cut oats, but I have not! If you use them please post back and let me know how it turns out. This is my family favorite, and have never changed to te steel oats, as we have it at least two to three times a month, and my family likes it just the way it is. Thanks for the question, and Happy Crocking!
Should the apples be peeled?
yes, peel and slice the apples. Thanks for the question – I’ll update the recipe so that it’s more clear. Happy Crocking!
How would the stats look if you used Splenda in place of either the honey or the brown sugar? Or the splenda version of brown sugar? Trying to make this a little more friendly to my diet.
Hi – I have used pure Splenda or Stevia as a sub for the brown sugar and it is still yummy! I haven’t subbed anything for honey, but I guess you could do that too. Just to give you the nutritional values: (according to CalorieCount.com)
1T. Splenda baking blend = 60 calories & 12g sugar, 1T. honey = 64 calories + 17.2g sugar, 1T. brown sugar = 51 calories & 15.5g sugar (This doesn’t seem right for the Splenda Baking Blend but I have never used it. If you have it at home can you please verify? Thanks!)
Recipe looks great! I’m wondering if I could use water in place of the milk for a reduced calorie version. Ever tried it?
I haven’t used water but I’ve used Almond Milk. If you opt for water please leave a comment so people can know how it turned out. Thanks & Happy Crocking!
I used agave nectar in place of honey since its better for you and it tasted just fine.
So 1cup sliced apple should equate to 1 apple, right? Also, what type of apple has worked best. Granny Smith?
Hello Tara, Yes 1 apple usually is one cup, at least that is usually the way it works for me, and I am making this myself tonight! Granny Smith are great, and I like Gala as well. I also use 1/2 the brown sugar, as we don’t like it so sweet, but some people do! Happy Crocking!
I liked the flavor but mine came out *very* mushy! Is this normal, or would it maybe work better at a little less time in my crockpot? I cooked it for six hours (didn’t check at five because I was asleep 😉 on low and then left it on warm for another hour or so until we were ready to eat. A very small portion on the right side burned a little, but the rest was fine. Just a weird, gushy consistency! I still thought it was good but would definitely prefer a more oatmeal-y texture if possible…thought I’d see… Read more »
Hello Terressa, I make this at least twice a month, as my hubby loves it, and I found with my crock that I can’t cook it as long as the recipe calls for, so I prepare mine in a crock pot liner, and get up about 2:30 and drop it in and turn it on, and by 6:30 or 7:00 it is ready. You may find with your crock pot that it is cooking too hot and fast, and may want to shorten your time. Hope this helps and Happy Crocking!
I knew I’d never be able to get up super early to start this so I made 1 1/2 times the recipe in a 3 qt crock. Turned it on high at about 10:30 pm. After approx 45 mins, I turned it to warm and left it like that until 7 am. Turned out perfectly!
Great idea! Thanks for sharing & Happy Crocking!
I made it with water, substituted raisins instead of apples and omitted honey. Otherwise I used your recipe, THANKS for posting this, it was vey yummy, I will be making this a lot. It came out fine using water. I just made it during the day and will heat it up in the morning in the microwave, that is if I don ‘t just it it as dessert.
I read someone else’s post wondering if water would work. I’m wondering if that was ever tried. Also, is the nutrition label with the recipe the values for the entire recipe or is that per serving (4 servings?)
We’ve had comments that they have made this with water and it was very good! The nutritional facts are per serving! Happy Crocking!
I made it with water and it was delicious!
I can’t find the “Print” button on your recipes. What am I missing? Thanks.
Hi Martha! Under “Share and Enjoy” the print button is the first icon! Happy Crocking!
Mine gets a blank page when I click the print icon. What is going on?!
Janice I just pulled the print page up and it came right up, I am not sure why you got a blank page unless something to do with your computer. Hope it works next time. Thank you and Happy Crocking!
I made this yesterday & it is delicious. My question is: the nutritional info, is that for the whole recipe? I am counting my weight watcher points & trying to determine how much to eat. Hopefully the ni is for the whole amount! 🙂
Hello Kyle! The nutritional facts are per serving! Congratulations on doing weight watchers, it is a great program! Check out the slimmer/simmer tab for recipes that are healthy! Happy Crocking!
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How do I know what size crock pot to use for each recipe? And with out sounding silly, how do I find out what size my crock pots are? I’ve forgotten 🙁
Hi Shelby, I use my 4 quart crock pot for this recipe. To find out the size of your crock pot, check on the website for your brand of crock pot, and use the model number of your crock pot to see the size. Good Luck, and Happy Crocking!
Well I hope mine turns out! I didn’t peel the apples, I don’t have any brown sugar and I added craisins!
Can you use Steel Cut oats for this recipe? I know they require a longer cooking time…
oh never mind, i saw someone already asked this question. Hopefully they tried it and will post a response on how it turned out!
Couild you tell me what the nutrition info would be without the walnuts?
Michele making without the walnuts, will reduce the calories from fat to 60 per serving. Happy Crocking!
How long will this last in the refrigerator?
Annabel it should last for about a week, but you can also put it in the freezer for another day. Happy Crocking! Athough it has never lasted that long in our refrigerator, as we love it so much. Happy Crocking!
I have made this about 5 times and my husband and I love it. The only thing I did differently was add Golden Raisins & used Skim Plus Skim milk, also I didn’t want the slow cooker on at night so I made it during the day and cooked it on low for 3 hours. How long can it be frozen? Thanks so much for this recipe!!!!!!
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Someone suggested using a regular light timer to set it to turn on when you need to.
You certainly could do that Terri, and I have done that before…. what ever works best for the individual! Happy Crocking!
Why not just get a programable timer and plug it into the wall?
I have done that Patty…. It all depends on what I am making. Oatmeal would work fine, but hate to have meat set out for any length of time. Good Suggestion! Happy Crocking!
I used very vanilla soy milk and substituted the apples and spices for pumpkin puree and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. Kids loved it!
Thanks for your comment – that sounds delicious! Happy Crocking!
I was so excited for this recipe, but….. it came out so rubbery we could not eat it. I even added more liquid because I live in a very dry area. It only cooked for 4 hours on low. If someone out there has an idea on how to make this not rubbery I would love it.
Tiffany “Oh no”…. I make this at least twice a month, and sometimes more. You may need to decrease your crocking time due to the dry area and/or add more liquid from the start. Hope this helps.
Hi! This sounds amazing! I have recently cut dairy from my diet. I already enjoy Almond milk but was wondering about the butter. I know it says “no substitutes” BUT would it be ok to use Earth Balance dairy free butter? I REALLY want to try this!!! I’ve been looking for something new for breakfast.
Tara you have to make things that work for you. Make it your own, and crock what works for you, but would love to hear how this turns out for you. Just so you know this is always in my rotation for breakfast. FAMILY Favorite!
I made this last night and it turned out great. I used water instead of milk because I plugged my crock pot into a timer and didn’t want the milk sitting out. I also used raisins instead of nuts. I did mine for about 4 hrs and the kids liked it but I thought it was probably a little over done. The very edges on the bottom got a little burnt and I thought if I would have done it about 3 and a 1/2 hrs it probably would have been fine. I would like to make it and double… Read more »
Natalie so glad you and your family enjoyed! To double the recipe, you would not need to add any additional time. The rule of thumb is that the crock pot be 1/2 to 2/3 full to crock properly. I aways double, as we like the leftovers.. if that would ever happen. 😉
My husband doesnt like apples…so i am thinking about using peaches…do u think canned peaches or fresh.
Hi Sandy – you could use either one. I prefer fresh fruit when I can cook with it in season. Please let me know how it turns out with the peaches. It sounds yummy! (PS: I almost always double this recipe and we eat leftovers for dessert after dinner.) Happy Crocking! Jenn
Made this for breakfast this morning. Turned out great. Both my boyfriend and myself enjoyed it!
Was wondering if I could do this recipe in a 3 quart crockpot? Or do I need to cut it in half?
Christine, to help you I am happy to share a rule of thumb about the slow cooker. Your slow cooker should be 1/2 – 2/3 full in order to crock properly. You will be very close to the 2/3 full on this recipe. Enjoy and Happy Crocking!
I made this last night in my new 4qt (i think that’s the size) Hamilton beach crock pot. I learned that newer crock pots cook faster so I decided to check it at 3hrs & it was perfectly done (I doubled the recipe bc it didn’t seem half way full). My only disappointment was the sweetness. There was none. I was almost worried it would be too sweet since everyone was saying it tasted like dessert. I did use water though so idk if that made a difference. Will definitely make again with milk instead of water & gala apples… Read more »
Can I omit the butter? My son has a dairy allergy. Would it come out ok without it?
Sure – that would be okay. You could use a butter substitute as well. Happy Crocking!
This sounds soooooo good! I’m waiting for my new slow cooker to arrive from Amazon. Will be making this for breakfast ASAP !! Thanks for the recipe.
Can this be made with the quick oatmeal?
Hi Marsha! I do know that a few have made it with the quick oatmeal, and have been disappointed, so hopefully if you do make it with the quick oats, you will want to watch it closely.
Didn’t work for me– bland and mushy. 🙁 thinking my vintage crock pot may not be appropriate for this recipe.
Hi Kate! I had an older slow cooker, and I found it crocked pretty hot, but when only crocking for 3 hours it worked great. You also need to make sure you are not using quick oats too! Hope this helps and Happy Crocking! I make this about every 3-4 weeks a favorite of ours!
Do I need to spray the liner before I make this?
How much oatmeal would I need for a 5 at crock pot?
Loved this recipe! I see that you say “no substitute” for butter which I would have agreed with before we found out our child has a dairy allergy. Now I am always substituting dairy-free options in all our recipes and Earth’s Balance worked great in this one. If there are any others out there with allergies or choosing a Vegan lifestyle, this recipe is wonderful and easy with dairy-free options! Love your site and the options for so many recipes that work with our family’s needs! Thanks!
Thanks Laura! Happy Crocking!
I’ve made this recipe several times and it’s delicious! Not only is it easy but i usually make it overnight and it smells amazing in the morning.
This was such a huge hit at our church breakfast a couple months ago that we are having it again.
Great Marsha!! It is the BEST isn’t it! Thanks for posting!
I just made it for breakfast tomorrow. It was in there just shy of 5 hours and the sides were starting to burn. I just tried it and it is kinda bland. I used a granny smith apple. Maybe that’s the problem? I would double or tripe the brown sugar. Maybe I just like my oatmeal really sweet. I’m going to try it again. I am going to see if 4 hours will work better.
Hi…I want to make this for a work breakfast for close to 70 people. There will be other things to eat there, but I want to make a much as I can in my 6 quart crock pot. How much of the ingredients will I need? Thanks!
Kristy, you can triple the recipe most likely in a 6 quart but it will be close. To crock properly a slow cooker should be 1/2 – 2/3 full.