Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats – A Better Breakfast Recipe for Back to School


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A creamy, nourishing, piping hot breakfast is ready when you are with this simple steel cut oats recipe made in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats |

How it came to be the end of summer and time to get back to school is beyond me. I feel as if summer vacation began a mere five minutes ago, and yet here we are…Back to School. It’s not as if I haven’t had sufficient warning. I mean, the Back to School displays started popping up in stores around the July 4th holiday. Being a homeschool family, I’m able to conveniently ignore such displays until the last possible second–usually when I’m organizing all of our curriculum for the new school year and realize that we’re out of pencils. Then I might ponder aloud the mystery of how on earth we could have gone through 250 pencils in the past year. A musing quickly followed by the usual panic of, “Oh no! School’s starting! What in the world are we going to eat for breakfast every day?!”

While I’m all for a hot breakfast of cornmeal buttermilk waffles or melt in your mouth chocolate chip pancakes, the truth of the matter is that I don’t often have the time to make a big breakfast on school days. Homeschool or not, I learned long ago the we are all more focused and ready to learn after a healthy breakfast–a fact backed up by studies showing that kids that eat a nourishing breakfast do better in school, and are more likely to make better food choices throughout the rest of the day.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats |

I also learned long ago that in order to make the best tasting, creamiest oatmeal, I needed to cook them with plenty of milk. Oats made with milk products are velvety on the tongue, pack loads of extra vitamins, and have extra staying power over those made with water alone.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats is a deliciously creamy, healthy breakfast that is ready when you are in the morning. Simply set aside fifteen minutes to stir the ingredients together in the crock of a slow cooker, let them cook on low overnight, and you’ll awaken to the most heavenly scent of breakfast wafting through the house.

Minimally processed. Minimal effort. Better breakfast. Done!

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats are the perfect way to start a school day, or any day!


Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oats

Yield 6 Servings


A creamy, nourishing, and piping hot breakfast is ready when you are with this simple steel cut oats recipe made in a slow cooker.

 Prep Time: 15 minutes, Cook Time: 6 to 8 hours, Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes


1 ¼ C. Steel Cut Oats

2 C. 2% Milk

½ C. Half & Half

2 C. Water

2 C. Tart Apple, peeled and grated

¼ C. Light Brown Sugar

½ tsp. Cinnamon

1 Tbs. Unsalted Butter, for buttering the crock


Lightly butter the crock of a slow cooker. Pour the steel cut oats, milk, half & half, and water into the buttered crock. Give it all a quick stir before adding the grated apple, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Gently stir everything in the crock together to distribute the ingredients. Cover the crock and cook on the LOW setting for 6 to 8 hours.

Stir the oats well before serving. Serve with additional milk or a splash of cream.


I’d like to take a moment to thank the Milk Means More – United Dairy Industry of Michigan for sponsoring this post! I was inspired and challenged to develop a Better Back to School Breakfast recipe using Michigan dairy products. All opinions are my own. The folks at Milk Means More represent the dedicated, hard working Michigan dairy farmers that pour everything into providing fresh, wholesome milk, cheese and yogurt to you and your family. 

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