Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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This is a guest recipe from healthy living recipe blog, Studio Cuisine. The recipes you’ll find there contain whole, natural ingredients that can be found in almost any pantry. Studio Cuisine maintains an easy-going approach when it comes to recipes, and is a must-visit for anyone looking for simple dishes that are easy to prepare and delicious. It’s a lighthearted blog that stresses the importance of using food as a source of fuel, rather than a source of stress.

This recipe can be thrown together in less than five minutes and tossed in your Slow Cooker overnight. When you wake up, a healthy and satisfying breakfast with the flavors of autumn will be ready and waiting for you to devour!

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

slow cooker oatmeal

Yields: 2 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 205 | Total Fat: 3 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 582 mg | Carbohydrates: 38 g | Dietary Fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 11 g | Protein: 7 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4 |


  • 1/2 cup old fashioned (not quick cooking) oats
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups water
  • Enough water to fill Slow Cooker about 1/4 of the way full
  • 1/2 small apple, chopped
  • Unrefined sweetener of choice, to taste


  1. In a small heat-proof bowl (that can hold at least two cups of water), stir together oats, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. The apples can also be added in here. I chose to keep mine out to stir in after cooking, but this is up to you. Pour two cups water over oats.
  2. Fill Slow Cooker about 1/4 to 1/2 of the way full with water (this will depend on the size of your Slow Cooker). Add the heatproof bowl with the oat mixture to the Slow Cooker. The bowl with the oats/cinnamon/vanilla has water in it, and also sits in the slow cooker surrounded by water. The water level should rise almost to the top of the bowl.
  3. Turn Slow Cooker on low for 7-8 hours overnight. Using a large spoon, remove bowl from Slow Cooker (it will be very hot!). Stir in chopped apple and sweetener of choice. Devour!

Also, try this Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats: No Sugar Added recipe!

27 Comments on "Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal"

  1. Sara Graves  December 1, 2012

    LOVE this recipe. Tried it for the first time this morning, and I think it is going to become a staple in this house!! 🙂

  2. Trish  January 28, 2013

    Can anyone tell me how many PP this is?

  3. Heather  May 22, 2013

    Can steel cut oats be used?

    • Skinny Ms.  May 22, 2013

      Heather, Yes, just make the adjustments for additional time as needed.

  4. Anne  August 4, 2013

    can you make say…4 servings at a time?

  5. Sherry Reeves Green  August 10, 2013

    If I'm doubling, tripling, etc the recipe do I double, triple, etc ALL the ingredients in one big bowl or is it better to just make several small bowls to keep the ingredient proportions right. Thanks!

    • Skinny Ms.  August 11, 2013

      For 2 servings: 1 cup oats and 1-3/4 cups water. Double the other ingredients.

  6. NAS  November 14, 2013

    Can i just put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, instead of in a bowl? or will that burn?

    • GaleCompton  November 15, 2013

      I would recommend using a bowl.

    • Connie  January 7, 2014

      I have made this in just my crock pot for years.

  7. Toni  January 5, 2014

    Does the heat proof bowl need to have a cover? I'm just not too sure what kind of heat proof bowl to use? A heavy duty tupperware bowl or a metal/glass type of bowl? 🙂 Anxious to try this recipe!!!

    • SkinnyMs  March 3, 2014

      Either bowl will work, enjoy!

  8. Katie  September 10, 2014

    Will the crockpot need to be covered overnight or left without a lid?

    • SkinnyMs  September 10, 2014

      Katie, Put the cover on the crockpot for this recipe:).

  9. Amy  November 3, 2014

    What containers does this count as for 21 day fix?

    • SkinnyMs  November 4, 2014

      Amy, We're not sure. You would have to check with 21 day fix.

  10. Diane  February 14, 2016

    Could you substitute rice, coconut, or almond milk for the 2 cups of water that is added to the oats?

  11. Mindee  May 12, 2016

    Why did mine come out so watered down? It’s almost as if the water from the outside of the bowl bubbled into my small bowl of oatmeal so it is just a bowl of oats floating in water this morning. Very disappointed. Any suggestions?

  12. Mary Lee  May 3, 2017

    I usually cook my quick oats using milk in the microwave. Would like to try this recipe with steel oats as I have some but have never cooked steel oats previously. Could unsweetened almond milk be used in place of the water and how much longer would they need to cook? If I can make it work, this is an ideal recipe for me to fix for my husband’s breakfast who gets up shortly after 4:00 AM to prepare for work. Really like your recipes and thank you for the help.

    • Gale Compton  May 4, 2017

      Mary Lee, Definitely almond milk can be used and the cooking time should remain the same. 🙂

  13. Jane  January 17, 2018

    What size slow cooker does this recipe use? I have a 5 or 3 QT. I don’t want it to burn as it seems a small recipe. Thanks.

    • Jennifer Hanford  January 18, 2018

      Hi, Jane. We recommend you use the 5 QT for this recipe.

  14. Gloria  July 1, 2018

    Could you make this on top of the stove


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