Slow Cooker Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

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    Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up.

    Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up!

    I remember when I first wrote this recipe, overnight oats were just becoming a thing and it’s interesting nearly seven years later, they are still ever-so popular.

    There are so many unique “flavors” out there now and even I’ve got some:

    Why slow cooker overnight apple cinnamon oats?

    Well, in general, overnight oats are one of my favorite things to make because it’s so hands off.

    The best way to utilize this is when you’re having overnight guests.

    Everyone wakes up at different times and instead of being concerned about, “what’s for breakfast?” if you have a batch of slow cooker overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when everyone wakes up, they can serve themselves a bowl with their coffee.

    It helps the entire household out and you won’t have any hangry guests or anyone rummaging through your pantry for something to tame that hunger!

    Can I use another fruit?

    You could but this is for apple cinnamon oats so maybe another hard fruit that compliments apples well?

    Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up.

    Can I use regular old-fashioned oats?


    Can I use quick cook oats?


    I don’t have apple cider/I can’t find apple cider

    You can use apple juice!

    Do I have to spray the insert of my slow cooker?

    Probably best idea to because otherwise everything gets all sugary caramelized and crusted on the insert and scrubbing is going to be annoying.

    You can also use a slow cooker insert liner.

    Can I make this in the Instant Pot?

    I haven’t tried this with the pressure cooking function but the slow cooker function on the Instant Pot would work.

    Is it safe to have a slow cooker run overnight?

    Absolutely. People leave their slow cookers on during the day to cook their meals.

    Again, freakier things have happened so I’m not liable for anything.

    I kept waking up in the middle of the night from the apple cinnamon smell but it didn’t bother me – my stomach was what was bothering me! It was wanting some of that oatmeal!

    I’m going to be making more varieties of this in my crockpot because of all the leftovers I get with it. I love scooping a hefty amount in Tupperware and bringing it into work for a warm breakfast. It’s filling too so I’m not starving by 11am.

    Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up! #overnightoats #oats #overnightoatsrecipe #porridge #slowcookerrecipe

    Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you’ll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up.
    3.34 from 3 votes

    Slow Cooker Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats

    Throw the ingredients in your slow cooker before bed and you'll have warm overnight apple cinnamon oats ready when you wake up!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 7 hrs
    Total Time: 7 hrs 15 mins
    Course: Breakfast
    Cuisine: American
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 4
    Calories: 240kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 3 apples, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
    • 1 1/2 cup 2% milk
    • 1 cup apple cider
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 cup steel-cut oats, heaping
    • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar
    • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Optional garnishes: nuts,dried fruit, bananas


    • Coat the inside of your crockpot generously with cooking spray. You will NOT want to miss this step cause otherwise you will be standing over the sink scraping the little sucker.
    • Add all the ingredients to the crockpot (minus the garnishes), stir, cover, and cook on low for 7 hours.
    • Serve hot and with garnishes, if desired.
    • To reheat: put oatmeal in microwave-safe bowl and add a splash or two of milk to re-moisten it up. Zap it for 30 seconds, take it out, stir it around, then zap for another 10-20 seconds.



    Nutrition Facts
    Slow Cooker Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats
    Amount Per Serving (1 Serving)
    Calories 240 Calories from Fat 36
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 4g6%
    Carbohydrates 48g16%
    Fiber 6g24%
    Sugar 31g34%
    Protein 6g12%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. 
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  • DessertForTwo says:

    I love how you do with the crockpot!

    Have you ever made beans from scratch in a crock pot? I’m thinking about putting some chickpeas in there this morning and hope that when I come home, I can make hummus!

  • Jen @ Savory Simple says:

    The one time I made overnight oats in the crockpot they came out terrible (burned on the sides) and I never tried again. But I think it’s because my old crock was cheap and lacking in settings. I upgraded recently and I think I may have to give this a try!

    • Julie says:

      Mine were slightly burned on the sides but I like them like that cause I like crusty stuff (haha that sounded gross), so maybe try it for 6 hours instead of 7? or do it during the day so you can watch it the first time and then you can determine how many hours it will take you so then you can leave it overnight and not fear burnage :)

    • Hawn says:

      If your having a problem with burning just cook on low for 1 or 2 hours before bed then switch to warm setting for the rest of the night. Oats are perfectly cooked with no burning on the sides. Hope this helps!

    • Dawn says:

      To prevent crusty/ burned sides when cooking oats in the crock, to put the oatmeal ingredients in a separate glass or ceramic bowl that will fit into the crock and fill the crock with water up to the top edge of the bowl. They will cook overnight beautifully without the sticky burnt mess. Good luck!

  • Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray says:

    The perfect solution to our fear of leaving the crockpot on while we’re at work! Overnight crockpotting!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I seriously love that you made an apple slow cooker dish! This is insanely perfect. Thanks so much for making this for the party!! :)

    • Beverly says:

      Where and how much do you use of all the ingredients for the overnight apple cinnamon oats recipe? Can’t make this without it Rachel?

      • Julie says:

        Hi Beverly, as stated in the post, you click the photo of the apple or click the highlighted text that links to the recipe on Rachel’s blog. Enjoy!

  • Rachel Cooks says:

    Love doing oatmeal in the crockpot! Mine always get kinda brown around the edges too, but I don’t care–I just stir it in and mix it all together. I have read if you put it in a smaller dish inside of the crockpot, that doesn’t happen. Too much work for me. ;)

  • Cathy @ Noble Pig says:

    I love oatmeal and this sounds amazing. My crockpot often wakes me up in the middle of the night too with smells of goodness!!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I want to be all up in that like white on rice. BADABING! (I’VE LOST IT)

  • Stephanie says:

    That’s how I organize posts too!

    I know I’m having oatmeal for breakfast this morning. =P

  • amy @ fearless homemaker says:

    These sound great! Off to check out the recipe. =)

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks says:

    We’re totes on the same wavelength today!

    and this pretty much killeth me.

  • Jess Wakasugi {Life's Simple Measures} says:

    Wow, this sounds amazing and I can never get enough of that apple cinnamon smell! I’d probably sleep by the crockpot all night ;)

    I think this would be a GREAT dish for when guests are visiting, that way I wouldn’t have to spend so much time in the kitchen. Pinned!

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction says:

    I’ve never made oats in a crockpot before! Julie, I love that idea. warm oatmeal on a chilly fall morning.. there is certainly NOTHING like it. I love you photos, too :)

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    I have never made anything sweet in the crockpot and I don’t know why! This looks amazing!

  • Angela @ AnotherBitePlease says:

    Oatmeal is our breakfast staple…excited to try a new version.

  • carrian says:

    I saw your comment above, and I totlaly like the crusty edges as well. YUMMMM!

  • Cassie says:

    Yes, bring on the crock pot recipes!! These flavors are outstanding!

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I’m definitely loving crockpot week! And I would LOVE to wake up to the smell of apple cinnamon and then dig into this in the morning before work! :)

  • Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama says:

    Looks delicious!!! When I tried slowcooker oats before they ended up too burned so it’s now 3 in the afternoon and I just started cooking this to see how long I need to cook it. Can’t wait for the fall smells!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition says:

    Umm this sounds incredible! Apple cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors of packaged oatmeal. When I am running late in the morning and don’t have time to prep breakfast, it’s usually what I eat because we have a Costco-sized box in our break room. This sounds like a much better alternative! Minimal prep!

  • Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    Oh my…this sounds soo yummy. I can literally smell it.
    I think this would be one thing to get be out of bed early :)

  • Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    This. Looks. Incredible. I’ve actually never slow-cooked something overnight, but I can imagine as all this apple cinnamon goodness wafts through the house, I’d probably be up at four am with a spoon, digging desperately into this.

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out says:

    I can’t think of anything better than the idea of waking up to my apartment smelling like apples and cinnamon and my breakfast waiting for me!

  • Tracey says:

    How nice would it be to wake up to a big bowl of this oatmeal in the morning. It looks super comforting!

  • Baking Serendipity says:

    I love the idea of waking up to the smell of apples and cinnamon baking. Is it weird to want to set the crockpot in my room while this bakes just for extra smells? :)

  • Theresa says:

    There isnt any instructions, can someone tell me please.

    • Julie says:

      There is a link to the recipe within the post.

  • Gerina says:

    How many does this serve..ok to double the receipe? How much longer do you think it will take to cook?

    Planning a girls weekend..this will be perfect..

    • Julie says:

      This serves 6-8, depending on your portion size. You would just double the cooking time if you doubled the recipe.

  • Cathy says:

    How would you slow cook this in the oven??

    • Julie says:

      This recipe wasn’t made for the oven, but I imagine if you really wanted to, bake it at 225 degrees for several hours? Honestly, I can’t tell you how to do this because I’ve never done it before but if you’re willing to experiment then I think that temperature would be a good place to start!

  • deborah says:

    hi, i can’t seem to find the actual recipe for the overnight apple cinnamon oats

    • Julie says:

      Hi, in the text above, it says “please click here or the image to get the recipe” :) hope that helps!

  • Sam Purdie says:

    I made this recipe this morning. When I was putting all the ingredients in the crockpot, I questioned the amount of cider vinegar (1 cup) because it seemed like a lot., but since it was a first time effort, I did exactly as the recipe dictated. Unfortunately, I should have listened to my instinct. The oatmeal was inedible. We tried everything to mitigate the vinegar taste, but nothing worked. I can only ask, was there a mistake in the amount, and, if so, what would the correct amount be? Also, is cider vinegar really necessary at all?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Sam, I’m sorry about your oatmeal! However, if you take a look at the recipe again, it is not apple cider vinegar. It’s apple cider. Which is like apple juice but it’s an unfiltered version. If you aren’t familiar with apple cider, here is a good explanation:

      • Sam Purdie says:

        Boy, how dumb do I feel!!! Upon re-reading I see that I misread. That would, of course make a big difference in taste. All I can do now is laugh and try again! Thank you so much for answering so quickly.

  • Neena Jolly says:

    Would all these ingredients fit into a casserole crockpot?

    • Julie says:

      I’m not sure what a casserole crockpot looks like? How big is it?

  • nicole says:

    I’ve never left a comment about any recipe ever, until now, but I wanted to thank you. Our family LOVES this oatmeal. I’ve been making it at least once a week for the past 2 months, and each time my kids act excited and surprised in the morning (about oatmeal!!!) . We like it topped with a little butter. Yum! Thank you!

  • Carolyn says:

    Can you use apple juice instead of apple cider and perhaps leave out the sugar ?

    • Julie says:

      Oh, that is a good thought! Definitely could. If you leave out the sugar entirely, make sure to add some when you eat it (if it doesn’t taste right).

  • Muad'Dib says:

    What is the Flax seed supposed to do, other than completely ruin everything?

    • Julie says:

      What was the purpose of this comment, other than to be a troll? If you don’t like flaxseed or care for it…then don’t use it! Or, if you really want to know its benefits, you could Google it.

      • VC says:

        Julie!!! I love your responses to some of these people😝😝😝. You are cracking me up girl 😎

  • Michelle says:

    The steel cut oats… are they the regular ones or the quick cooking?

    • Julie says:

      Regular! :)

  • Cheryl says:

    Can you make this recipe without the milk?

    • Julie says:

      You can, but I would advise adding more water and apple cider since steel cut oats need a lot of liquid to cook.

  • Stephanie says:

    I made this tonight and it was delicious! My 5 year old son loved it too. I think it will now be a regular, but I will double it for sure. I peeled the apples first, and added some white sugar to taste before eating. We actually made for dessert/ late-night snack tonight, so I cooked it at warmer setting for 3 hours instead.

  • Summer Presley says:

    Well I didn’t cost my pot with anything 1st, hopefully it won’t be too much of a bear to scrub out! Can hardly wait to taste it now though:)

  • Melissa says:

    Made this! Turned out exactly how I think it was expected to be. I have a small crock pot but it didn’t change anything. I wish I had added lessnof the cider, made it too sweet for me (I usually eat my oatmeal with No sugar). I used a liner and nothing burned or stuck.

  • Kathy says:

    Can use almond milk Instead of regular milk?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      Yes, it should work.

  • Chris says:

    I found the finished product rather “Gluey”. I’m thinking it was over cooked. I think next time I would try making it during the day to get the right cooking time. I do not have a programmable crockpot nor do I have a warm setting. I also added a touch more brown sugar and a splash of milk before eating.

  • Janet says:

    Do I need to peel the apples and do you prefer one apple over other kinds?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      You don’t have to peel apples if you don’t want to. I usually keep the skin on. I love gala apples

  • Debra Hubner says:

    I decided to use only 2 apples because they were quite large. Also, I did not have any cider or juice on hand, so I increased the milk by a couple of ounces. I stirred in a small handful of walnut pieces, as well. My slow cooker did the job in under 6 hours. However, even though I sprayed it well, and stirred a couple of times during cooking, I stuck badly and took a long time to clean up. Still, I love this breakfast!

  • Stephanie says:

    Apple cider?? This ingredient is putting me off slightly, can you taste it when it’s cooked?

    • Julie Wampler says:

      i’m confused. you’re looking at a recipe for overnight apple cinnamon oats so the predominant flavor is going to be apple, which is what is in apple cider. so yes, i would say you can definitely taste it!

  • Jasmine Byron says:

    I made this and it taste and smells like apple cider vinegar

    • Julie Wampler says:

      yes because you used apple cider vinegar, which is not called for in the recipe. apple cider is called for, which is like a juice.

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