Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Slow cooker overnight oatmeal is the perfect way to have a hot breakfast ready to go when you first wake up in the morning!

This delicious slow cooker overnight oatmeal breakfast will be ready for you when you wake up in the morning and you won’t have to lift a sleepy, coffee-deprived finger to do it. True story.

This bad boy will cook all night while you sleep. Yup. A full 8 hours!

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Sorry, no, I can’t include the 8 hours of sleep with this recipe. I barely get that myself these days. But I can promise you a “wake-you-up-it’s-so-delicious” breakfast you’ll enjoy again and again this season. And all you have to do is throw it together the night before when you’re still somewhat conscious! How’s that for convenience?


Oats are really a perfect slow cooker food if you get the ratio of oats to liquid just right. The resulting texture after cooking all night is pretty darned perfect. It’s almost like a creamy, sweet risotto that’s been made with great care. Add the right flavors and ingredients, and breakfast will be a thing of beauty.


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Clean Eating Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Clean Eating Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal

Note: I don't recommend using any other type of oats with this. Steel cut oats seem to stand up to long cooking times far better than other styles of oats. Also, if you prefer your raisins chewy, add them after cooking. Cooking them makes them very soft. However, if you do not cook them with the oats, you will most likely need more sweetener.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 271kcal
Author: Tiffany McCauley


  • ½ cup steel cut oats
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ cup raisins )R fruit juice sweetened, dried cranberries
  • pure maple syrup as garnish


  • Combine the oats, water, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a small, 1 or 2 quart slow cooker. No larger. (You will need to multiply the recipe for larger slow cookers)
  • Cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Stir in the raisins OR cranberries and maple syrup when serving.


Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 7g | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 2.7mg

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  1. Would craisins be ok to use instead of raisins? If so do you recommend a certain brand?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Rachel – You mean dried cranberries? Sure! But you would have to get the fruit juice sweetened variety for them to be clean. I get mine at Whole Foods.

  2. I’d love to try this, but we do not like steel cut oats. Would this work old fashioned oats or quick cooking oats?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Emily – You could try it with old fashioned oats. Get the really thick cut ones though. Not quick oats. You want them to withstand the long cooking time.

  3. Tina Geer says:

    I meet with my besties once a week for what I’ve dubbed as “Movie Morning” after us mothers of the group drop our girls off at school. We each bring something. It doesn’t have to be a breaky item, just whatever we feel like. Well I feel like this! Lol.
    I’m very new to clean-eating, and love your recipes!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tina – What a fun idea!! I hope you enjoy the oatmeal!! (and the movie!) 🙂

  4. Tina Geer says:

    I just started this for my weekly ladies “Movie Morning ” with my besties!! We’ll enjoy it (along with the other goodies they bring) while watching part 1 of “New Moon”!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Tina – Fantastic!! Have fun! (I love those movies!)

  5. Just found your blog and have enjoyed reading all the comments about crock-pot steel-cut oatmeal. For other (type II) diabetics, cutting the portion size to 3 per given ingredients, adding some greek yogurt instead of cows’ milk–or soy milk, which has more protein than cows’–or an egg or small serving of your favorite breakfast meat will add to the small amount of protein in the oatmeal. Because it is such a great complex carb, it will be metabolized more slowly than simlple carbs like sugar and be more likely to keep your blood sugar level from spiking, even without the extra protein. Unless you are doing heavy physical labor, 47 g of carb (and 25 g of sugar) can be a lot for one meal. Your doctor will probably have set you up with the number of carbs to consume at each meal; follow his/her advice.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Carol – Thanks!

  6. Daphne Priest says:

    Love learning more about clean eating.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Daphne – You’ve come to the right place then! 🙂

  7. This was terrible. I tripled the recipe to account for the size of my slow cooker and the number of mouths I had to feed. I woke up to an amazing smell but was disappointed to find burnt oatmeal soup. It never thickened and the oatmeal just burned to the sides and bottom of the slow cooker. I tasted it anyway to see if it was salvagable at all. Its not. Tastes wayyy worse than it even looks. No sweetness whatsoever, just sour burntness. So now I’ve wasted what oatmeal we had left and the kids have no breakfast.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Erika – I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you! What type of oats did you use? What size is your slow cooker? What was the exact measurements of your oats and water?

  8. What a terrific blog you have!! Because of dietary restrictions (Type 1 diabetes), could you provide the nutrition analysis, including carbs, sugar & fiber.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – Thank you! And I’m sorry, but I can’t for the very reason you give here. To provide that information, I have to use online calculators which are not always correct or accurate. If somebody with a medical condition uses that data and it’s too far off, that would not be a good situation. So I have been removing all of that data from my site. But the good news is, sites like make it really easy for you to import that information yourself with just a url. Hope that helps!

  9. I used golden raisins instead and drizzled with crumbled walnuts. Taste like cobbler! Yum!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Terralyn – Yum indeed!! 😀

  10. I make oatmeal every morning and doing it overnight does sound interesting. I plump my raisins overnight in some water and in the morning add the oatmeal – increase the water depending on how generous I am with the oatmeal. When I make the recipe I’ll put the raisins in the slow cooker with the oatmeal for cooking overnight.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Sam – Sounds great! 🙂