Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

You wake up to the smell of breakfast cooking in the kitchen. You are suddenly startled with confusion of who woke up early enough to prepare breakfast for your entire family. Then, you remember… that fantastic smell is coming from your crockpot. While you slept all night the crockpot was hard at work preparing your family’s breakfast. You walk into the kitchen and are able to serve hot fresh oatmeal in just minutes! 

We love oatmeal on cool days, and have fallen in love with this easy Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal! It’s perfect to throw in the crockpot on a Sunday evening and then wake up to on an early Monday morning. A great way to start the day or the week! I can’t imagine how wonderful it will be to wake to up on those cold winter mornings as well!


1 cup steel cut oats (NOT Quick Oats!)
4 cups water
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar (optional)
1  TBS margarine/butter
1/2  tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon


1. Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized ceramic bowl, that fits inside your crockpot.

2. Place the ceramic bowl inside your crockpot. Add water in the crockpot until to reaches the middle of the ceramic bowl to create a ‘water bath’ for your oatmeal. This prevents the oatmeal from overcooking and sticking to the sides of the bowl!

3. Cook on low for 8hrs.  Serve with milk. Top with your favorite ‘toppings’!

*Topping Suggestions: Fresh Fruit, Crasins, Raisins, Walnuts, Pecans, Chopped Apples, Honey, Jam/Preserves, Cinnamon/Sugar, Vanilla or Almond Extract,

*Our Family Favorite Oatmeal Trick is to add cold applesauce (store bought or homemade) depending on what we have at home. This cools the oatmeal down quickly for hungry and impatient little ones, adds 1-2 servings of fruit, and is delicious! My husband and I began doing this with our boys’ oatmeal, and now we all four eat oatmeal this way! 



  1. Oh, I like the apple sauce trick!

  2. Can I use a glass pyrex bowl or does it have to be ceramic?

  3. Thank you for sharing this! It will be perfect on those cold morning I don’t want to get out of my warm cozy bed. If I know this warm breakfast is waiting for my I will have some motivation. Now I just need to learn to program my coffee pot and I’m set!

  4. Looks like a great recipe and better than my traditional, everyday, the same oatmeal! I would love for you to link this up at my Homemaking Party :)!

  5. I’ve always wanted to try this. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend!

  6. What a great idea for Fall! Crock pot cooking definitely reminds me of Fall! I am hosting an “It’s Fall Y’all ~ Linky Party” …. I would like to invite you to share this project, and other Fall related projects/recipes, you may have. All links will be pinned to a board dedicated to the party. You can find the party at Love Bakes Good Cakes. Hope to see you there!

  7. Hello, Mackenzie,
    I am new to your blog. I found you through Time-Warp Wife. First, I love this recipe. I never knew you could do this. I would love it if you would link up this post on the ‘EOA’ Wednesday link-up. I would like to feature it next week. It is very practical, and I plan to make it this way, for sure, now that the weather is getting cooler :) Blessings!

  8. I want a crockpot with a removable inside! It would make things so much easier…and when i do I will try this! Christmas wish list! Saying Hi from Mom on A Time Out Hop…I host Photo Friday Link Party, I’d love to have you link up this or any other original photo from your blog. Happy Hopping!

  9. This sounds great! :) I love the berries!

  10. Hi, I’m very excited to try this recipe! Can I use old fashion oats or does it have to be steel cut? Also, I have a removable inside and would need to serve 3 for breakfast; do I just triple the recipe and place everything inside? Obviously, I am a novice chef and have never used my crockpot (and definitely need to start using it)! Lol. Thanks for your imput! God bless!

    • Jessica, Do not use old fashion oats… they turn out gross! {I speak from experience!} haha :) The recipe should be plenty for three people, it actually feeds our family of four with leftovers! Let me know how it turns out! :)

  11. What is the difference between steel cut oats and regular old fashioned oats? Do you think this would work with old fashioned oats if the cook time was cut in half?

    • Tami- I’m actually not sure how it would work if you used old fashion oats and cut the time in half. If you are going to attempt it, I would suggest you do it while you are awake so you can watch it and remove them when they are ready.

  12. Oatmeal is such a healthy breakfast & your version looks great! Pinning and hoping to try it soon. Hopping from Saturday Show and Tell–have a great day!

  13. I do the same trick with applesauce. I also add cinnamon and they love it! The one time I tried overnight crock pot oatmeal ended in a big disaster so I will be pinning this recipe. Looks great!


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