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Oct 17

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Everyone loves their slow cooker for having dinner ready when they get home from work, but with this Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal you can put your slow cooker to work overnight and have a hot breakfast waiting when you wake up! It couldn’t be easier. Just combine the ingredients in the slow cooker right before you go to sleep and when your alarm goes off in the AM all you have to do is wake up and enjoy. This oatmeal is super filling and lightly sweet, perfect for fall. It’s perfect on its own but you can also customize it by mixing in nuts, seeds or additional fruits. I pictured it here with a few pecans on top and I also love tossing in a few raisins. It’s easy to make it your own and it’s sure to fill you up and keep you satisfied. All that and it’s just 173 calories or 5 Weight Watchers SmartPoints per serving!

Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

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Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

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Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal

Yield: 5 (1 cup) servings


  • 1 ½ cups peeled and chopped apples (for me this was one large honeycrisp apple)
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup steel cut oats (do not substitute quick cooking or old fashioned oats)
  • 4 cups water


  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and stir to combine until the brown sugar is dissolved (you’ll want to put the cinnamon in before the water so it’s easier to stir and doesn’t just float). Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours

Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints:
5 per (1 cup) serving (SP calculated using the recipe builder on

Weight Watchers Points Plus:
4 per (1 cup) serving (P+ calculated using the recipe builder on

Nutrition Information per (1 cup) serving:
173 calories, 35 g carbs, 11 g sugars, 2 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 5 g fiber (from

Adapted from allrecipes


30 Responses to “Apple Cinnamon Slow Cooker Oatmeal”

  1. #
    Charlotte Moore — October 18, 2016 @ 8:36 am

    This really looks like a good oatmeal recipe. YUM!

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    Shelly — October 18, 2016 @ 11:13 am

    Are the pecans calculated in the point value?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 18th, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

      Nope, just the ingredients listed in the recipe. Feel free to add any toppings or mix ins you like!

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    Jean Alexander — October 18, 2016 @ 3:02 pm

    Does this do well to reheat the next day?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 18th, 2016 @ 3:12 pm

      It does!

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    Kristen — October 18, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

    Do you know why you can’t use quick cooking oats? It’s all I have on hand! 🙂 Trying to avoid a trip to the grocery store – Thank you!

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 18th, 2016 @ 4:24 pm

      Steel cut oats are tough so they hold up to being cooked for such a long time while still retaining texture. Quick cooking or old fashioned oats are likely to overcook. Also the amount of liquid in this recipe is calculated for using steel cut oats. For best results I would suggest waiting until you have time to grab some steel cut oats!

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    ANN — October 18, 2016 @ 4:59 pm

    What size slow cooker do you use?

    • Emily Bites replied: — October 18th, 2016 @ 5:02 pm

      5 1/2 QT Oval

  6. #
    Gina Avgeris — October 23, 2016 @ 8:57 am

    Do you think this will freeze well? I was thinking about making a double batch and freeze some for another time.

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    Donna Howard — October 28, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    Sounds so good – especially now that it’s getting colder. I am making this now for the missionaries in our ward and I want to double the recipe. I know you won’t get this in time – I’ll let you know!! We have two Sisters and two Elders so I want enough for both of them. Stay turned!! ha ha

  8. #
    Paige — October 29, 2016 @ 1:23 pm

    Can’t wait to make this!!

  9. #
    Erin Nichols — November 13, 2016 @ 8:50 pm

    Making this tonight! I can’t wait!!

  10. #
    Lisa — November 21, 2016 @ 6:48 am

    I put some in the crock pot last night, but woke up to oatmeal soup! I followed the recipe exactly, so I don’t know what went wrong.

    • Emily Bites replied: — November 21st, 2016 @ 6:50 am

      Did you by any chance use the quick cooking steel cut oats? You really can’t use quick oats. The only time I have seen people get that result is when they used the quick steel cut oats. I’m sorry it didn’t turn out!

    • Lisa replied: — January 23rd, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

      So did I! So disappointed!

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    Laura — November 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm

    Have you ever made a double batch? I have a 6 quart slow cooker.

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    Kate — December 2, 2016 @ 4:58 pm

    I am going to make this on Sunday morning, looks really good.

    I just wanted to say that last weekend I made another slow cooker oatmeal recipe. It called for old fashioned oats cooked on low for 2 hours, and it came out great.

    Neither my son nor husband will touch steel-cut oats, which is why I used old-fashioned.

  13. #
    Teresa Manis — December 19, 2016 @ 8:30 pm

    Made it and it was delicious

  14. #
    Theresa — January 18, 2017 @ 3:42 pm

    Can you substitute with rolled oats?

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 30th, 2017 @ 11:52 am

      Nope, you really need to use the slow cooking steel cut oats.

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    Traci larson — February 24, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

    Wanted to say that I have tried so many of your recipes and they are down right delicious!! My family thanks you…. Btw… this recipe is great and I make it all the time.

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    Carole Selander — July 7, 2017 @ 6:12 pm

    Is there any way you could use this a second day. I would be making it for one?

    • Emily Bites replied: — July 7th, 2017 @ 8:11 pm

      Yup! I ate the leftovers for several days

  17. #
    Mandy Hipshire — July 8, 2017 @ 2:58 pm

    This looks so delicious! I am thinking of trying it in my Instant Pot. Anyone else tried that?

  18. #
    Savannah McLain — July 27, 2017 @ 8:14 pm

    Could I keep it in the slow cooker for a tad longer than 8 hours? I would love to cook this recipe this weekend overnight, but I’m worried about oversleeping and ruining the recipe!

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    Sugarmagnolia — January 5, 2018 @ 10:48 am

    I was so excited but mine came out wayyyy too soggy. Do I just cook it longer? I did the correct measurements. Help, it smells so good!

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 5th, 2018 @ 10:56 am

      I haven’t had that happen so I’m not sure what to do but yeah I would probably try cooking it longer. Did you definitely use the slow cooking steel cut oats and not the fast cook kind? I’m honestly not sure why that would happen because I’ve made this a bunch of times and it always works for me. I’m sorry!

  20. #
    Susan — January 14, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

    Could you cook on stovetop?

    • Emily Bites replied: — January 16th, 2018 @ 2:11 pm

      sure, steel cut oats are traditionally cooked on the stovetop

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