Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

This morning I had some of my close mom friends from our children’s school over after drop-off. I whipped up an easy ham and cheese quiche, cut and washed some berries, and had this delicious oatmeal already baking overnight in the crockpot. May I just say…. it was so much easier knowing that one of my main dishes was finished even before I woke up!

We had a great time over breakfast and coffee….we live in such a blessed community.

Two tips for GREAT crockpot oatmeal- Use steel cut oats and a water bath! If you have made Crock Pot oatmeal before, did you notice it crusts on the sides and sometimes browns on the bottom? The water bath prevents all of that nonsense. πŸ˜‰Β 

*I use gluten-free oats, but you may use any kind you wish.

In a casserole dish add oats, milk, brown sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.

Fill Crock Pot up half way with water, then place the casserole dish inside and cover. Turn on low heat overnight and bake 8-10 hours.

In the morning you’ll wake up to the smell of cinnamon and have delicious baked oatmeal waiting for you.

Add milk, pecans, raisins and an extra dollop of brown sugar and sprinkle of cinnamon. Mmmm…

Thanks to my friends who shared their morning with me! Love you girls! Β 


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Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal
Serves: 8
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  • 2 cups steel cut oats {I use Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free}
  • 6 cups milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Enough water to fill Crock Pot ½ way.
  • "Fixins" and extra milk as desired.
  1. In a casserole dish add all ingredients except water.
  2. Fill Crock Pot with water.
  3. Place casserole dish inside Crock Pot.
  4. Cover and set on low for 8-10 hours {overnight}
  5. Add your fixins in the morning {brown sugar, cinnamon, pecans, raisins, cinnamon ...pour on additional milk to desired consistence}



  1. Melanie B says:

    Thanks for this recipe. My husband leaves for work in the wee hours of the morning, and.is always looking for a new breakfast recipe. This one will keep him fed nutritionally, and will make my job easier!-Thanks!!

  2. This looks soooooo yummy! I’m 13 weeks pregnant and looking for anything quick, healthy and delicious to feed my toddler and myself in the mornings. This dish will be perfect!! πŸ™‚

  3. Heather P says:

    Where do you find: steel cut oatmeal? This looks so easy and would help with those mornings that threaten to become “unglued.”

  4. I just joined your site, and I’m excited to link up recipes on Fridays! πŸ™‚

  5. Genius! I love this! I actually saw this late last night after getting the boys to bed after my husband’s vball game. I loved the idea SO much I ran downstairs and threw everything in the crockpot! We woke up this morning to a fabulous smell and a great breakfast; thanks Janelle! My boys LOVE their oatmeal! πŸ™‚
    Love this!

  6. Sounds delicious and I can’t wait to try it! But isn’t all oatmeal gluten-free? Unless you need them to be specifically processed in a designated gluten-free facility?

  7. I usually buy a multi grain mix instead of oatmeal. Any thoughts on if that would work as well?

  8. I just put this recipe in the crockpot for tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it. I added flax seed meal to the mix just for a nutritional kick. The water bath is a great idea as my biggest complaint with slow cooked oatmeal is the crust/pasty texture it can get due to lack of moisture. Can’t wait to taste it.

  9. Am looking forward to trying this tomorrow! My 2 oldest have hockey practice and have to be on the ice by 5:45! This will be perfect! Thanks!

  10. Thanks for the water bath idea! It inspired me to make a full hot breakfast with eggs with no work! Such a GREAT way to start the day!! Thank you!

  11. Sydney Slow Cookin says:

    This is the BEST recipe! Thanks! Everything that I make in our slow cooker seems to have an unfinished feel to it but this is divine. Thx for a great recipe! Even though it reached 43 degrees c here in Sydney yesterday we are still eating this gorgeous hot oatmeal for breakfast!

  12. Just started this for in the morning πŸ™‚ Hope hubby is pleasantly surprised, he usually leaves before the family is up.

  13. Janelle~
    Love this oatmeal! I am going to make it for breakfast for our team when we go on our mission trip next week. Would fat free or skim milk work as well as whole milk?



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