Crock pot Apple-Cranberry (Steel Cut Oats) Oatmeal


Slow Cooker Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal!

This breakfast is a Game-Changer for me!  Imagine this…your alarm goes off, you struggle to get out of bed, knowing that you have to get breakfast together for yourself, or possibly even a few kids and a husband…Well, I say hit the snooze button!!  That’s right, because breakfast is ready!  I have for you an easy, time-saving and delicious recipe that cooks while you sleep and leaves the house smelling fantastic!  I don’t know about you, but that saves me a good 15-20 minutes in the morning which eases my usual AM hustle.  Another time-saving tip: Double your recipe and place individual sized portions in Tupperware containers and freeze for a quick breakfast later in the week.  Pop in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and a yummy, filling breakfast is served!


Thanks to “brandysue” from I found this recipe…tweaked it to make it my own and ended up with this Fantastic Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple-Cranberry Oatmeal

Ingredients:   Yields about 5 cups of Oatmeal

1 cup Steel Cut Oats (Gluten-Free Certified)

3 1/2 cups milk

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1 med-large apple, diced (I like the tartness of Granny Smith)

2 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp butter

3/4 tsp salt

Slivered almonds (or nuts of your choice) as topping, optional

1/2 cup serving is 26 grams of carbohydrates.  Hint: to further lower the carb count, use 1/2  part milk, 1/2  part water, reduce the cranberries or omit and use another sweetener in place of honey (i.e. Splenda brown sugar blend)

Steel Cut Oats

Steel Cut Oats

Two important notes: 1) make sure your oats are certified Gluten-Free (not all are) and, 2) make sure they are “Steel Cut Oats” and not the “Rolled” or “Instant” kind!  Otherwise you will wake up to a Crock pot of mush 😦

Put all ingredients together

Put all ingredients together

Grease your Crock pot to prevent sticking.  Add all ingredients together in Crock pot and stir.  Cover and place on low for 5-7 hours (depending on slow cooker).  Stir before serving and top with nuts and a drizzle of cream or milk, YUM!  There are so many directions you can take this…get creative.  Use pumpkin puree, vanilla flavoring, mashed bananas, coconut milk…the variations are endless.  Hopefully this will give you a good start!


Please share your variations or ideas for the rest of us! 


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