Cinnamon Slow-Cooker Oatmeal
Cinnamon Slow-Cooker Oatmeal
Oatmeal isn’t just for those solo winter mornings. With dashes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar added to the mix, your home will smell warm and inviting when the guests arrive!
- 2 Cups steel-cut oats
- 8 cups milk
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 Teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 Teaspoon salt
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups chopped, roasted, and unsalted cashews
Calories Per Serving543
Folate equivalent (total)32µg8%
HEALTHY BOWL OF CINNAMON OATMEAL
Whole grain oats and cinnamon simmered together in almond milk and served with healthy toppings and touch of maple syrup makes a delicious meal for any time of day!
As the weather starts cooling, oatmeal is definitely in order. Plus, I just really wanted to use this Cranberry Applesauce swirled in a bowl of cinnamon oatmeal.
And it was delicious – as I knew it would be – especially with the addition of fresh diced apple, pecans, pumpkin seeds and pomegranate seeds! And let’s not forget the drizzle of pure maple syrup, that is what sweetened it perfectly.
Is Cinnamon Oatmeal Healthy?
Yes! Eating cinnamon and oats in the morning is great a way start to your day. Oatmeal is heart-healthy, rich in carbohydrates to boost your energy for the day. Plus, it is loaded with fiber and sticks with you for a few hours curbing your appetite.
Just be careful what you put in to your oatmeal because not all additions are created equal. Stick with quality add-ins and toppings to make the most of your bowl of oatmeal.
Ingredients You’ll Need
Oatmeal by itself is not very exciting and benefits from the help of few other ingredients to make it interesting and over the top delicious.
- Liquids: I used a combination of half unsweetened almond milk and half water. Feel free to use only one liquid of choice. Often times, I’ll make my oatmeal with water only and stir in a bit of milk after it’s cooled a few minutes. I find my oatmeal is a little creamier with some non-dairy milk included.
- Sweetener: Pure maple syrup is my sweetener of choice when making oatmeal. Feel free to use coconut sugar, organic brown sugar, or raw sugar stirred in. Alternately, sweeten your oatmeal with dried fruits like chopped dates or raisins.
- Nuts & Seeds: These add protein and texture to oatmeal. I’ve used pecans and pumpkin seeds but feel free to use your favorite nuts and seeds. Vary it up with chopped or slivered almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and cashews, and sunflower seeds would all be great!
- Fruits: I topped my oatmeal with cranberry applesauce (which is a wonderful blend of sweet & tart), fresh diced honey crisp apples, and pomegranate seeds (use when in season). You may also opt to add other fall/winter seasonal fruits like diced pears or these warm Healthy Skillet Cinnamon Apples. Green apples are great too. When in the spring/summer season, fruits like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or blackberries make a healthy addition. And of course, bananas available year-round would be great sliced or mashed.
- Spices: Cinnamon is great all by itself in this recipe, and if you really love your cinnamon, feel free to add another ¼ – ½ teaspoon, or simply sprinkle more on top, like I did. If you have a little nutmeg on hand, try adding &frac18 teaspoon for variation. Cardamon is also a great spice, try adding ¼ teaspoon.
How to Make Cinnamon Oatmeal
This recipe includes instructions for the stovetop and microwave, both ways are super easy and will be ready in under 15 minutes from start to finish.
- Stovetop: Add the oats, cinnamon and water to a medium pan, bring it to a boil, turn heat to low and simmer at a gentle boil for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Microwave: Place the oats, cinnamon, and water/milk in a microwave safe dish. Cook at full power for 3 – 4 minutes, keeping an eye on the bowl after 3 minutes, if it starts to boil over, open the microwave door to stop it. Once oatmeal has settled, continue cooking keeping an eye on it. You may need to add 30 seconds – 1 minute more.
And that’s it, quick and easy, no-fuss oatmeal. Serve with the healthy toppings, or anything else you may like, and enjoy a healthy bowl of cinnamon oatmeal!
How to Store Leftovers
- Store leftover oatmeal in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze in individual portions for up to 2 months.
- To reheat, add a splash of water to the oatmeal and heat over low heat on the stove, or on high power in the microwave for 1 – 2 minutes.
If you make this easy oatmeal recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment and rate it below. I love to hear what you think, or any changes you make.
Recipe for Slow Cooker Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal (with glaze)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 2 T. flour
- 1 T. cinnamon
- 1 t. vanilla
- 2 c. oats (I use traditional rolled oats &ndash not steal cut)
- 3 c. milk or water (I always use milk)
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 2 T. milk
- 1/2 t. vanilla
- cinnamon sugar for dusting (optional)
Spray a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (I use my small 4 qt. slow cooker).
Add all the oatmeal ingredients and mix well with a fork.
Cook on high for high for 1-2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours.
In a small bowl, mix powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth (add more milk if necessary for desired consistency).
Set glaze aside until oatmeal is finished.
Serve oatmeal with glaze drizzled over the top and with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar!
I know there are all sorts of overnight oatmeal recipes, but they usually use steel cut oats (which our family doesn&rsquot love) so since I use traditional rolled oats, it cooks much faster.
You definitely can make this overnight it will probably just be a little mushier than if you used steel cut oats.
Personally, I like the fact that I can have this ready in just over an hour (when I cook it on high). Then I simply leave it on warm throughout the morning so everyone can enjoy hot oatmeal whenever they decide to wake up for the day &mdash or whenever we get back from the grocery store.
This would be perfect for those of you with teens who like to sleep in on Saturdays. Simply turn it on when you wake up, and it will be ready by the time they wake up!
Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal
Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal is a perfect alternative to cold cereal that doesn't involve a lot of time, ingredients, or complicated prep in the morning. Make this oatmeal ahead of time and store in single-serve containers for a quick, hearty breakfast!
Looking for an alternative to cold cereal that doesn't involve a lot of time, ingredients, or complicated prep in the morning?
I wanted to find something that the kids could fix for themselves in just a minute or two, but I also wanted something that was healthy and not processed and didn't contain a lot of sugar or artificial colors or flavors.
There are lots of things I found on Pinterest, but most of them involved too much work on my part. I can't be spending my entire weekend preparing things for the week ahead.
I read articles all the time about these amazing moms making everything from scratch, from food to their kids' clothes, and even soap and baby wipes! Kudos to them for sure, but I confess that I am not one of those moms. However, sometimes I can find things that are better for my family and also fit in with my time and energy constraints. And this is one of them!
A few notes about this recipe:
- I used old-fashioned rolled oats. Thing 2 does not like steel cut.
- Rolled oats are not as sturdy as steel cut, so I don't cook them as long. If you want to make these into overnight oats, either use steel cut, or be prepared for mushy oatmeal (which is fine in my book, but lots of people don't like mushy oatmeal).
- I used pure maple syrup to add sweetness and that yummy maple flavor.
- I divided the recipe into eight 3/4 cup servings, placing each serving in a glass container and storing in the fridge. That way, in the morning, the kids just grab a glass container, remove the plastic lid, and heat it up in the microwave for about 90 seconds.
- If the oatmeal is too thick, add a little more milk or water when heating.
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How to Make Slow Cooker Oatmeal 3 Ways
Apple Crisp (slow cooked with chopped apple, more cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, and topped with granola)
Peanut Butter Banana—cooked with extra-ripe bananas and topped with melty peanut butter and coconut flakes
Berry Crunch—stir in frozen or fresh berries just before serving and top with chopped almonds, pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Each one manages to fill me up and provide me with plenty of nutrients. Try any of these 3 easy, and delicious, breakfasts and let me know which your favorite is!
- Fit the crockpot with the liner or coat with oil (picture 1)
- Add the chopped apples, raisins, oats, cinnamon, sweetener and pink salt (picture 2-6)
- Then finally pour the almond milk and stir everything together and cover with lid (picture 7-8)
- Switch the crockpot on and select 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low overnight
- Serve the next day, you may need to pour a splash of a milk prior to serving if the oatmeal is too thick.
- Sprinkle with fruit/nuts and sweetener if you wish
More Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas
This Crock Pot Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon breakfast is so easy to make! You just put everything in the slow cooker, set it, and forget it.
Once it comes out of the crockpot I pour a splash or two of milk and then drizzle about a tablespoon of warm maple syrup over the top. The maple syrup takes this oatmeal to a whole new level of deliciousness.
This crockpot apple cinnamon oatmeal and a cup of coffee is pure bliss. Plus everyone at the table is quiet because they are in their own apple cinnamon breakfast heaven. After this filling breakfast, you will want to stay in your PJs all day!
Along with maple syrup, another delicious addition would be chopped pecans. I only wish I had some on hand when I made this. Just sprinkle on some chopped pecans in your bowl when serving. Don&rsquot cook them in the slow cooker.&rsquo
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- 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
Savory things to add to oatmeal:
soy sauce and scallions
crumbled Hard Boiled Egg
peanut butter, almond butter, etc.
cooked vegetables from last night
How do you fit oatmeal into your life?
Growing up, I’m pretty sure I lived off of cold cereal for breakfast. And even now, it’s sometimes easier to throw a quick breakfast together instead of a whole big she-bang of what I’d really love…something hot, flavorful and maybe with a side of bacon. Because bacon and breakfast are soul-mates. So when Julie of Table for Two said she’d be making apple cinnamon oatmeal, I was super excited. The weather is getting cold so a nice warm breakfast would be incredible. Bonus, it’s an overnight slow cooker dish! Seriously perfect.
Hi everyone! Julie here from Table for Two. I’m so excited to be sharing with y’all today an apple recipe that is quick and easy!! I’m thrilled Rachel asked me to be apart of the Apple a Day series because my FAVORITE fruit is an apple! I had an apple every day growing up and my parents probably swore I was going to turn into an apple, haha. So this series is perfect for me and I’m so excited that fall is just around the corner and apple season is in full swing!
This dish is made in the crockpot so you basically set it and forget it. It makes your entire house smell like fall and the flavors are incredible! I loved having this for breakfast and it makes really great leftovers! Just heat it up and you have yourself another lovely and comforting bowl of oatmeal for breakfast!
Easy Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
Overnight oats are one the easiest, quickest breakfasts out there. This recipe for a carrot cake version is also a cinch to make vegan. Carrots, raisins, walnuts, and coconut add texture, flavor, and nutrition to the balanced breakfast. It's a filling dish that doesn't require a minute of cooking.