Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal is perfect for busy mornings! Take a few minutes to prep the night before and a creamy, rich, flavorful oatmeal is waiting for you in the morning!
We are almost back in school and I’m gathering up all my easy go-to recipes to get us through those first few weeks, which always seem to be a crazy transition. Though who am I kidding? I do easy go-to recipes ALL year-round. Cause you know, life. But especially this time of year, when we’re adjusting to a new morning schedule after summertime and a new daily schedule, I love having some make-ahead breakfasts that are ready to go for us. Every single week we have at least a couple flavors of overnight oatmeal jars and I’ve always got a freezer full of muffins. Almond butter zucchini muffins are a current favorite for both of my kids but I’ve amassed a huge arsenal to choose from! And Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal is a newer favorite in our house!
SLOW COOKER MAPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL
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I started making it last year and fell in love, so now it’s in the regular rotation. I love that it cooks overnight, so I just have to take 5 minutes to prep it before I go to bed and then we have a wonderful, delicious hot breakfast waiting downstairs for us when we wake up. And this slow cooker maple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal is one of our favorite flavors. The sweet, deep, rich maple syrup and warm cinnamon flavors meld so well together for this breakfast. And your house will smell divine! Everyone will want to hop right out of bed and come get a bowl of this slow cooker maple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal.
It’s the perfect amount of sweet and it’s also super filling. Steel cut oats are just so hearty and perfect for keeping you full until lunch. And of course, you can add some fun toppings! We’ve sprinkled ours with extra cinnamon, drizzled with extra maple syrup, topped with fresh fruit (sliced bananas are delicious on this oatmeal!) or added a dollop with some peanut or almond butter. Lots of option and so much deliciousness!
So when you know you’ve got a crazy week coming up, be sure to put this slow cooker maple cinnamon steel cut oatmeal on your menu. You’ll wake up happy and ready to face the day!
What more easy breakfast recipes?
- Peach Raspberry Slow Cooker French Toast
- Banana Bread Smoothie Bowl
- Apple Cinnamon Puffed Pancakes
- Overnight Caramel French Toast
- Bell Pepper Bacon Onion Fritatta
- More breakfast recipes…
Tools used to make this Slow Cooker Maple Cinnamon Oatmeal recipe
Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls get used just about every day at my house. The grip handle makes them easy to hold and the pour spout makes them perfect for batters!
Slow Cooker: I love this crock pot! The lid is very secure and I can pack it up and take it on the go if I’m heading to a potluck. This slow cooker is a workhorse in my kitchen and has worked great for years!
- 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 6 cups milk see notes
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, mix the oats, cinnamon, and salt together until well combined. Add to the insert of your slow cooker.
- In the same bowl, mix the milk, maple syrup, and vanilla until well combined. Pour over the oats in the slow cooker.
- Cook on LOW for 7-8 hours.
- In the morning, stir well and serve with any desired toppings!
Topping ideas: extra cinnamon, extra maple syrup, fresh fruit (sliced bananas are especially delicious here!) and/or a dollop of peanut or almond butter.
Do you need to coat the inside of your slow cooker to prevent the oatmeal from sticking to the sides?
Aubrey Cota says
Not required but it couldn’t hurt. As long as you are cooking on low like the recipe instructions state you shouldn’t find the need to coat the slow cooker but if you would prefer to take the precaution then a small amount of cooking spray would do the trick.
Mike Slupinski says
I made this with one change. I substituted water for the milk. It may have taken some of the richness away but It was still very good but it cut 60 g of sugar (12 per serving) from the recipe which is very helpful to diabetics and those with lactose issues.
Aubrey Cota says
Thanks so much for the helpful info! Glad you liked it and were able to make it work for your lifestyle.