Overnight apple pie slow cooker oatmeal

Hi friends! How’s the day going?? A little later blogging today, as technology doesn’t seem to be my friend this week. First the blog server takes a faceplant, and then my internets decide to disappear. It’s funny because I’ve been blogging almost-daily for the past 7 years (!) but I’m probably the least techie person you will encounter. It’s a very Wizard of Oz-esque scenario: pull back the curtain and you’ll find a frazzled girl, shrugging her shoulders as she presses random buttons, praying for something to work. (And usually breaking something haha.)

In other things that make sense, the heat wave is back, so what sounds better than a steaming bowl of apple pie oatmeal?

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For the hope of fall, and thinking of that fabulous brisk weather, I’ve been craving warm and comforting breakfasts. Oats have sounded particularly amazing and I especially love the convenience of slow cooker oats. Learn from my mistakes, friends: steel cut is the way to go. If you use old fashioned, you will likely end up with a charbroiled pile of mush and a stinky kitchen. 😉 A reader friend kindly pointed me in this direction last time I made slow cooker oats, and I will always remember the ratio: 1 part steel cut oats to 4 parts water. You can add in whatever flavorings or toppings you’d like!

For this version, I added two chopped apples, cinnamon sticks, lemon zest and coconut sugar. It didn’t look like much when we went to bed,

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but was absolutely perfect when we woke up. The entire kitchen was filled with a beautiful apple cinnamon aroma, like pie in the oven.

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All I had to do was add a little almond milk, a drizzle of honey, and top with cinnamon and pecans. After scrambling some eggs to go with it, breakfast was served!
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I’m a huge fan of make-ahead breakfasts, especially on the days when Liv has school and I have to wake little sleepyhead up. It’s nice to know breakfast is already waiting and we can enjoy it together with less of a scramble to get things ready.

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Slow cooker apple pie oatmeal
Serves 8
A delicious overnight breakfast option. Set it and forget it! Tastes just like a healthy version of apple pie.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 2 cups steel cut oats (check the label for gluten-free if needed)
  2. 8 cups water
  3. 2 chopped apples
  4. 2 cinnamon sticks
  5. 3 long strands of lemon zest
  6. 1/4 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. Pinch of sea salt
  1. 1. Combine all of the ingredients in a standard slow cooker.
  2. 2. Set on low overnight for 8-10 hours.
  3. 3. In the morning, remove the zest and cinnamon sticks. Stir in your favorite milk and add toppings of choice, like nuts, shredded coconut, flax seed, cinnamon, honey, or almond butter.
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Some more of my favorite make-ahead breakfasts:

Nana’s famous egg casserole (you HAVE to try this)

Breakfast cookies (the classic never dies)

Cheesy broccoli egg muffins

Banana almond muffins

Breakfast burritos

I’m going to do a quick 21dayfix workout (I’ll post a full review when I’m finished!), work on the beeb’s room, and go swimming with Liv.

Hope you have a wonderful day!



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  1. Such an oatmeal lover, but I still haven’t tried steel cut! (Or in the slow cooker for that matter) 😉 I must! Yummmo!

  2. Thanks for the steel cut oats tip! I, too, had a mega disaster the one (and only) time I tried making slow cooker oatmeal. Whomp, whomp….

  3. This sounds great! I like to make my steel cut oats in the rice cooker and then I portion out any remainders for the rest of the week!

  4. Oh technology! At least your slow cooker is working properly. I’ve actually never made anything sweet in mine before, usually it primarily for dinner dishes, but this sounds excellent. Thanks for sharing, Gina! 🙂 Happy Thursday!

  5. This looks so yummy and perfect for fall! <3

  6. I swear when it rains it pours when it comes to technology! Are you wearing red shoes too? Haha! Love the recipe. I’ve never actually done oats in mine.

  7. Mmm this looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing! I’m on a serious oatmeal kick right now!

  8. I am going to have to try this out because 1.) I’m obsessed with my slow cooker 2.) I love oatmeal and 3.) I need some new breakfast ideas. Thanks for posting!

  9. This sounds delicious as I was reading it I was like “I’m making this now,” and then I remembered my crockpot fell on the floor and shattered the inside. I guess it is time to get a new one. Thanks for the recipe Have a great day

  10. Seriously cannot wait to try this! I am always looking for make-ahead breakfasts for mornings I am up at 5 to workout and then have to get everyone’s stuff packed for days we are all out of the house! Plus, it has been in the 40s overnight so this sounds awesome for cool mornings!

    • Fitnessista says:

      whoa! it’s definitely cooling down where you are! it was 92 here today (i’m melting haha)
      please let me know how you like it 🙂

  11. Yummm! Perfect fall time breakfast!

  12. Yum, I just love steel cut oats. I also love your Nana’s egg casserole…I’ve made it twice since you posted the recipe haha. Breakfast is my favorite!

  13. I just put all the ingredients into my crockpot. This will be my first time trying overnight oats! I can’t wait to eat it for breakfast tomorrow – it already smells amazing! Thank you for the recipe! 🙂

  14. That looks amazing! I’ve been loving quick oatmeal breakfasts and am also all about fall flavors lately!

  15. wow, this sounds too good to be true. Our whole house is going to smell like fall! making it.

  16. This sounds delicious! Nice cool morning here, so oatmeal sound great! I want to make this, but see it serves 8. Is there a good way to keep this for several breakfasts? Just store it in the refrigerator and re-heat? No one else in my house likes oatmeal, and I don’t think eating 8 servings myself in one sitting would be a good idea! 😉

    • Fitnessista says:

      yes, you could store it in the fridge! that’s what i’ve been doing. just heat, add a little almond milk and toppings, and eat 🙂

  17. Yum, this looks so good! We are coming out of a heat wave here in New England this week and as sad as I am to see the hot summer go, I am extra excited for cooler weather to really enjoy comforting cinnamon-y treats like this! Looks like I also need to christen my slow cooker into the world of breakfast instead of always for soups, chilies or stews! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I want my house to smell like apple pie!!! I must make this soon!

    Excited to hear about the tanks!!

  19. Definitely trying this; I just found a whole container of steel cut oats in the back of my cupboard that I forgot was there! 🙂

  20. Yum! But it is waaaaay too hot in Southern California for that right now!

  21. Do you know if I could sneak this recipe into my 21 day fix meal plan? This looks delicious, but I am not sure about the brown sugar.

    • Fitnessista says:

      you could skip the brown sugar, or reduce it, and it should still taste great. the apples and cinnamon give it a ton of flavor

  22. Peyton McCord says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! I am also a fan of make-ahead dishes. And I absolutely love oatmeal; it’s a dessert and breakfast in one!

  23. Dan Mendilow says:

    Always looking for new healthy recipes, especially ones that take almost no time to prepare. This sounds incredible, I can’t wait to try it!
    Have you tried adding a tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil to your oats? Have that with a cup of green tea in the morning and you’ve got a breakfast that will kick-start your metabolism, give you lots of fiber and antioxidants and keep you satisfied all the way to lunch.

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