Crock Pot Oatmeal

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Throw oats, water, milk, raisins, and a dash of salt into a crockpot at night. Boom! Wake up to a delicious, no-fuss bowl of creamy, tasty crock pot oatmeal!

crock pot oatmeal

I’m not sure if it is popular or “in” anymore (I’m not sure if anything I do is popular or in anymore…) but I love and adore oatmeal. In fact, the only thing I’d rather have for breakfast than a creamy bowl of oatmeal is one of Mama’s ham and cheese omelets like she used to make me. Well, its been about fifteen years since I woke to Mama making me a ham and cheese omelet, so it only makes sense that I’d lean more towards the oatmeal concept at this point.

You know how you wake up first thing and its like your feet barely hit the floor before the day begins without you, with you rushing behind trying to catch up to it? That is precisely why this oatmeal is such a wonderful treat. We pop it in the crock pot overnight, fill a few lidded bowls with various stir ins and toppings, go to bed and when we wake its like the breakfast fairy has paid us a visit!

Now, before you start thinking that you could never possibly get your kids to eat oatmeal, hang on and wait until I get to the toppings part!

If you need some other simple and yummy breakfast that your family will love make sure you check out Easy Breakfast Quiche2-Minute English Muffin Breakfast Sandwich, and Bacon Breakfast Casserole

  What You’ll Need to Make Crock Pot Oatmeal:

ingredients for crock pot oatmeal

Recipe Ingredients:
  • Raisins
  • Milk
  • Water
  • Old-Fashioned or Steel Cut Oats – this is not the time to pop out those quick oats!

You’ll also need a Crock Pot. It’s a good idea to invest in a great one – it makes home cooking so much easier!

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I admit, I am an oatmeal snob. What you see in this picture is what I bake with for cakes and cookies and such. I prefer to eat steel cut oats. Silver Palate is my favorite brand. I was out of those for this tutorial though and found out that not a single grocery store in my town sells them! Feel free to leave the raisins out if you are not a raisin fan. I prefer to bake mine in the oatmeal because I love how the plump up!

How to Make Crock Pot Oatmeal:

place oats in mixing bowl
Place oats in an oven-safe bowl you will be cooking them in.

add milk to oats

Add milk or water, your preference…

add water

…I use both!
add raisins to oatmeal
Add raisins…

add salt to mixture

…and just a dash of salt.

There are two ways you can bake your oatmeal in your crock pot. You can simply put it in and turn it on low and cook it overnight, or you can prepare a water bath. Each way works fine but you will have slight browning around the edges if you just put it straight in the crock pot.

A water bath is the solution to the brown edges. In my crock pot, I just use the largest bowl to hold the water and place my oatmeal in the smallest bowl, as pictured. If you have a traditional crock pot, simply place your oatmeal ingredients into an oven safe bowl that will fit inside your pot and fill the main pot with water enough to reach about halfway up the sides of your bowl.

add water to crock pot for water bath

Like so!

it should look like this

Cover and cook on low overnight.
toppings bar for crock pot oatmeal

In the morning, have a set of toppings ready. I use lidded bowls so that I can just put the lids on and pull them out the next time I make this. For my toppings, I chose:

  • Bananas
  • Pecans
  • Brown Sugar mixed with Cinnamon

crock pot oatmeal

Here’s the trick to get your kids to eat it: Let them put their own toppings in! My son went ga-ga over this and let me tell you, chocolate chips stirred into hot oatmeal…..YUM!

Here are some other topping suggestions but the options are really limitless:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Colorful sprinkles or jimmies
  • Marshmallows
  • Any type of chopped nut
  • Dried fruit (raisins, apricots, apples)
  • Fresh fruit (berries, bananas either sliced or mashed, peaches, etc)
  • Honey
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Caramel Sauce
  • M&M’s
  • Peanut Butter
  • Jelly or Jam


Enjoy your delicious crock pot oatmeal!!

crock pot oatmeal

Crock Pot Oatmeal

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours


  • 2 Cups old fashioned or steel cut oats
  • 4 Cups milk you can substitute water for this
  • 1 Cup water
  • dash of salt
  • Raisins optional


  • Add all ingredients to crock pot or oven safe bowl if using water bath crock pot method.
  • Prepare toppings in individual bowls. Cover and cook on low overnight.
  • Wake up, dish out into bowls, and let your family prepare their own while you enjoy your breakfast!
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  1. I just followed your link from the Happy Housewife. We accidentally bough steal cut oats (in bulk) and where having a hard time using them as they gave our currently favorite recipes a grainy texture even after being soaked in yogurt for a day. Going to try this recipe this week thank you!

  2. i followed the directions EXACTLY and it was a pot of INEDIBLE GLOPPY GLUE. I had to scrape it in the garbage. It looked NOTHING like the yummy pic of yours, only a solidified crusty top and glue underneath. 🙁 I was so sad. Ended up makin some french toast. Maybe the 8 hours in my costco crockpot was just too long….who knows. :/

    1. Hello! I tried it and it was a gloopy yuckiness too, but I think the problem was that I used rolled oats and I was reading everywhere they MUST be STEAL CUT OATS, so I am trying that out tonight! This is an awesome way to make oatmeal, and I am so glad I found this webpage, it is GREAT! 🙂

  3. Just heard about the crockpot oatmeal. I am anxious to try it. Problem is I read every comment which I love doing because it prepares you for everything that can go wrong and right. I have three crock (different sizes) but not one of them has an extra bow.

  4. I prepare my oatmeal the night before, water and all, in a Black and Decker Rice Cooker. So when I’m poring my first cup of coffee all I have to do is turn on the rice cooker and by the time I’m ready for another cup of coffee I have oatmeal.

  5. I love the steel-cut oats with either blueberries or blackberries as we have both kinds in our garden and since I have diabetes, I throw some walnuts in for protein.Let me just say that I have just found your website, Christy, and I absolutely love it.Thank you.

  6. ANOTHER great topping for a HOT bowl of delicious oatmeal, is: a scoop of ICE CREAM! (Hey, it’s mainly just cream and sugar.) And it will cool off the oatmeal to just the right temperature. Eat your heart out, Goldilocks. Ha-ha!

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