Overnight slow cooker oats make a healthy and satisfying hot breakfast that’s ready when you wake up. Add flax seed and fruit for even more nutrition.

Square white bowl with oatmeal, milk, pecans, dried cherries, and brown sugar.

I wasn’t going to share this recipe with you. Why?

Well, because it is kind of homely looking. Sorry, but it is! I know beauty isn’t skin deep but you know.

Then I mentioned on Facebook that I make it for breakfast. I was bombarded (in the best way possible, of course!) with requests for the recipe. Well, I can’t say no to that! 

You’ll love slow cooker oatmeal because you wake up to a hot bowl of oatmeal. What could be better than that? It’s so easy to stir up the night before. No half-awake breakfast making. No standing by the stove stirring a pot while you listen to your stomach growl.

Just lift the lid off your slow cooker, spoon steaming hot oatmeal into your bowl, top with toppings, and eat!

Granted, quick oats don’t take too long to whip up in the morning, but if you prefer the texture of steel-cut oats, you’re looking at a 35 minute cooking time.

Close up view of oatmeal in a white bowl, topped with pecans, milk, dried cherries, and brown sugar.

I like to top my bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar, dried cherries, toasted pecans and a little milk. If I have fresh fruit, that’s so good, too.

In the photo above, you’ll notice that I cooked frozen blueberries with it. No frozen blueberries? Try serving the oatmeal with fresh blueberries. So good!

Try cooking dried cherries with the oatmeal because they plump up and get extra delicious. Raisins or dates are great, too. I love Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oats

PS You can easily double the recipe. It’s a great make ahead recipe because the oatmeal is really good reheated the next few mornings.

Close up view of oatmeal in a white bowl, topped with pecans, dried cherries, brown sugar, and milk.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats with Ground Flax Seed

Yield: 2 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Overnight slow cooker oats make a healthy and satisfying hot breakfast that's ready when you wake up.


  • 1 cup steel-cut oats, uncooked
  • 1-2 cups dried or fresh fruit (optional: try blueberries, apples, dates, raisins, cherries, cranberries…whatever your heart desires!)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed (optional)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow-cooker.
  2. Cook on low, covered, for 8-9 hours.
  3. Stir and serve with additional fresh fruit, maple syrup or honey, or more milk.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 301Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 9gSugar: 9gProtein: 10g

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A white bowl filled with oatmeal with pecans and dried cherries on top. A open magazine, spoon, and napkins are also pictured.