Just throw this in the slow cooker crock pot the night before and have a delicious breakfast waiting for you in the morning. It reheats well, too!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
8 hrs
total:
8 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir water, almond milk, applesauce, steel-cut oats, dried cherries, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon together in a slow cooker.

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  • Cook on Low for 8 hours to overnight.

Cook's Notes:

Add a couple spoonfuls of almond or peanut butter when serving!

Use 1 to 2 cups dried fruit of your choice. You can even use a mixture. Cranberries, cherries, and figs are some of my favorites.

Depending on how sweet you like your oatmeal, you can omit the brown sugar entirely or replace it with maple syrup.

Try pumpkin puree in place of the applesauce for another variation.

Nutrition Facts

371 calories; protein 7.7g 15% DV; carbohydrates 74.7g 24% DV; fat 3.9g 6% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 93.6mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2015
Good flavor. Used honey instead of brown sugar. We made different versions: we tried cherries, raisins, and goji berries. One note: the finished oats came out stuck to the edge of the pot, so an occasional stir should remedy that problem. **UPDATE** made it again, this time I coated the pot with butter, used brown sugar, omitted the appleasauce, and cooked it for 6 hours. After 3 hours, I checked it, and the texture ws PERFECT. The full cook turned the steel cut oates into a textureless mush. THis shorter cook maintained the integrity of the oats but remained tender and creamy. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2016
I made it exactly as the recipe requires except didn't add the applesauce as it was optional. Put my cooker on low and set it for 8 hours. Checked it at 6 hours and It had stuck to the sides and actually burned around the edges. Taste was OK but 8 hours is much too long even on a low heat (or my slow cooker cooks at a much higher degree on low than others). Would like to try it again but will cook 5-6 hours. Probably closer to 5 and a half. Read More
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50 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
05/03/2015
This is a yummy recipe! I didn't add the sugar and it was sweet enough for sure. I also upped the cinnamon because we like it. I made it as directed and it was great. Last night I made it with 2 cups of apples instead of the dried fruit and applesauce. I used 1T of cinnamon too. We loved the apple cinnamon version too. I will use this recipe again and again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2015
Good flavor. Used honey instead of brown sugar. We made different versions: we tried cherries, raisins, and goji berries. One note: the finished oats came out stuck to the edge of the pot, so an occasional stir should remedy that problem. **UPDATE** made it again, this time I coated the pot with butter, used brown sugar, omitted the appleasauce, and cooked it for 6 hours. After 3 hours, I checked it, and the texture ws PERFECT. The full cook turned the steel cut oates into a textureless mush. THis shorter cook maintained the integrity of the oats but remained tender and creamy. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/03/2016
Husband made this recipe. It was our first attempt at overnight oatmeal. Enjoyed it. A couple of things. Use almond milk. Add the applesauce. Hold the sugar. It does become sweet so if you prefer less sweet purchase unsweetened almond milk. The cherries were delightful. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/26/2016
I made it exactly as the recipe requires except didn't add the applesauce as it was optional. Put my cooker on low and set it for 8 hours. Checked it at 6 hours and It had stuck to the sides and actually burned around the edges. Taste was OK but 8 hours is much too long even on a low heat (or my slow cooker cooks at a much higher degree on low than others). Would like to try it again but will cook 5-6 hours. Probably closer to 5 and a half. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/12/2017
I just made this last night and it came out great! I did add unsweetened applesauce and I'm glad that I did for the added moisture. I was a little worried after reading reviews about it burning cause I only made a half batch but it was great after seven hours. I did use the almond milk and I think next time I might use all almond milk to up the protein. The only change I made was to add about 1/2t salt to enhance the sweetness of the added fruit (in my case dried cranberries). My husband loves a good thick oatmeal and this hit the spot on a cold morning. He commented about how much better it was than the commercial stuff that has so much added sugar and wayyyy too much salt not to mention the preservatives. I'll definitely be making this often in the winter. Thanks for sharing! UPDATE 4/12/17: I've made this every week for probably the last six weeks now switching out different fruits or mixing them. BIG TIP: once you know how your slow cooker handles the recipe PUT YOUR SC ON A TIMER!!! Mine really only takes about 6 hours to cook this to perfection but I'm not setting an alarm to get up at midnight to start this. I can put the recipe together before I go to bed and wake to perfectly done oatmeal. Also I make a half batch on Sunday and can stretch it for the whole week's breakfasts by nuking it with a little milk and adding some dry cereal to it; my hubby likes the added texture too. LOVE THIS RECIPE!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2015
I made this for 12 people and it turned out absolutely delicious! I skipped the cherries but use the exact measurements for everything else. Will definitely make this again in the future - GREAT for a big group! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/13/2016
I made according to direction except used regular milk. Very good will make again Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
01/29/2017
There is way too much liquid in this recipe. It was a running mess. I ended up adding 1 cups of quick oats which helped tremendously. The flavor is great. And the process is a good one. Also neither my husband or I are crazy about steel oaks. Next time I make it I'll use old fashion oats and cut the liquid I'll also cut the time it cooks. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2016
I followed the recipe exactly. Cooked on low for 6 hours then turned my crock pot to 'keep warm' setting. Turned out perfect!!! Will absolutely make this again!!! Read More
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