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Slow Cooker Oatmeal 3 Ways

The basic recipe for my slow cooker oatmeal is made only with Quaker Old Fashioned Oats, almond milk, water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. On its own, it’s creamy, thick, and filling. But depending on my mood and what I have on hand, I like to build on that basic recipe and make one of 3 delicious variations.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple crisp oatmeal, berry oatmeal, peanut butter oatmeal, slow cooker oatmeal
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 173kcal


  • 3 cups Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 3 ½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Thoroughly spray the inside of a 4- or 6-quart slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray (do not forget this step!). Combine the oats, cinnamon, salt, almond milk, and water; stir. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for up to 8 hours.
  • Variation 1: Apple Crisp
  • Add 2 peeled, cored, and chopped apples to the oats and liquid before slow cooking, along with an additional ½ teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • To serve: Top 1 cup apple cinnamon oatmeal with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of your favorite granola.
  • Variation 2: Peanut Butter Banana
  • Add 2 medium peeled and chopped bananas to the oats and liquid before slow cooking.
  • To serve: Top 1 cup banana oatmeal with 1 tablespoon all-natural peanut butter and 2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut flakes.
  • Variation 3: Berry Crunch
  • Ten minutes before serving the oatmeal, stir in 1 ½ cups frozen berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries)—just enough time for the berries to warm through.
  • To serve: Top 1 cup berry oatmeal with 1 tablespoon sliced almonds, 1 tablespoon chopped pecans, and 2 teaspoons maple syrup.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 269mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 1.7mg