This is a recipe for my all time favorite breakfast – slow-cooker, over-night, maple, cinnamon steel cut oats.

I hope you like it as much as we do:


  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil, butter, or cooking spray for greasing crockpot
  • 2 cups regular steel-cut oats. (No substitutions. It has to be steel-cut oats. This won’t work with regular oats.)
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 cups milk any variety
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Toppings: Nuts, raisins, syrup, etc.

    Dairy-Free: Use your favorite unsweetened, vanilla, or plain non-dairy milk.


    1. Grease the inside of the slow cooker with coconut oil, cooking spray, or butter (it will probably stick to the sides anyway).
    2. Combine the steel-cut oats, water, milk, maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt together in the slow cooker.

    Additional Fiber: Add in up to ¼ cup flax seed or wheat germ to slow cooker before cooking oatmeal for added fiber.

      1. To serve, top with whatever you like.

      Put the lid on and let it cook for 6 hours on low for an “al dente” texture and 8 hours on low for a softer texture. Alternatively, cook on high for 3-4 hours. Or, cook low on the stove top for a couple of hours.



    All slow cookers are different.  One of mine will turn this recipe into a cake unless I add more water and milk.  Figure out the best time and settings for yours.

    If you would like to use more milk than water, that is fine. You need a total of 7 cups of liquid.  I don’t recommend exceeding 4 cups of milk as then the oatmeal would be at risk of scorching the bottom of your slow cooker.

    • Thinner, use 8 cups of liquid (5 cups water, 3 cups milk),
    • Thicker, use 6 cups of liquid (4 cups of water, 2 cups of milk).


    Storage: Store cooled leftover oatmeal in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days.


    • Calories:                    236kcal
    • Carbohydrates:       43g
    • Protein:                     8g
    • Fat:                             3g
    • Saturated Fat:         1g
    • Cholesterol:             1mg
    • Sodium:                    111mg
    • Potassium:               127mg
    • Fiber:                         5g
    • Sugar:                        9g
    • Vitamin A:                125IU
    • Calcium:                    122mg
    • Iron:                           2mg