Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal is a perfect cold-weather breakfast. The combination of steel-cut oats, fresh apple pieces, and cinnamon cooking slowly will not only make your kitchen smell amazing but provide you with a nutritious breakfast. Start your day with these amazing oats!
Another great oatmeal option is my pumpkin pie overnight oats recipe. So tasty and super fast and easy to prep ahead!
Apple Pie Oatmeal
Apple pie is one of my favorite desserts, so making that flavor come to life in a healthy breakfast was definitely a must. Using the slow cooker for steel-cut oats has been a life-changer. Not only do I get a much better texture, but I can set these up at night and let them cook slowly overnight so they are piping hot first thing in the morning.
If you are a fan of apple pie, then you will fall in love with my apple pie flavored healthy oatmeal bars as another make-ahead fast and easy breakfast option.
Do I Have to Use Steel-Cut Oats?
While the texture of steel-cut oats holds up better in the slow cooker than rolled oats, you can substitute them if desired. I would not recommend using quick oats of any kind as they would likely be much mushier and not as appetizing to eat. Instead, use rolled oats or steel-cut for the best results.
Have extra oats? You can use them to make this oatmeal stuffed baked apples recipe for another sweet treat or breakfast idea.
What are the Best Apples for Apple Pie Oatmeal?
I have used a variety of apples in this recipe. Since it cooks down overnight, you can really use any apple you have on hand. For more texture, I would stick with a Granny Smith, Jonagold, or Macintosh as they are sturdier. If you don’t mind it being a bit mushier after cooking, then a Gala, Fuji, or even Honeycrisp would work.
Can I Make These on the Stovetop?
Steel-cut oats take around 30-minutes to cook on the stovetop. This apple pie oatmeal recipe definitely cooks down the apples more when placed int he slow cooker, but if you have time to tend them and want them right away, the stovetop method can be successful. Just know that oats will stick and burn easily, so this is not a recipe you can step away from while it cooks.
- Steel-cut oats
- Unsweetened almond milk
Optional toppings: brown sugar and walnuts or pecans
How to Make Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal
Prepare your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray so nothing sticks
Next, you will add all ingredients to the slow cooker until mixed together.
Cover with slow cooker lid, and set to cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Stir while cooking if desired, but not necessary.
Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal
- Slow Cooker
- 1 cup steel-cut oats
- 4 medium apples peeled and diced
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- brown sugar
- walnuts or pecans
- Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray
- Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and mix together until well blended
- Cook on low heat for 6-8 hours stirring occasionally if able (not necessary, but nice to distribute flavors)