Overnight Oatmeal

Winter 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

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Here is an easy way to serve a crowd a hearty breakfast before facing the elements for a day of winter sports. You can assemble it in the slow cooker in the evening and wake up to a bowl of hot, nourishing oatmeal. The slow cooker eliminates the need for constant stirring and ensures an exceptionally creamy consistency. It is important to use steel-cut oats; old-fashioned oats become too soft during slow-cooking.

"I made this exactly as the recipe calls for, but I added a bit of vanilla and some cinnamon. It was great, but my 4 year old and 22 month old didn't like it. It made way too much for just me to eat (because my husband wouldn't try it! lol...
Overnight Oatmeal

67 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal


This oatmeal was easy and quick. With a dash of brown sugar, it definitely was a breakfast treat. As for the time, DO watch your crockpot. I have a Rival crockpot and it took about 5 hrs to cook, not 8 so watch it!

Easy and Quick
Eureka, I've found it!

I've never been a apricot fan, while they're one of my husband's favorites. Followed the advise of another commentor, and added cinnamon, little vanilla...then used honey instead of any other sweetner. All additions gave it another level of eureka, I've found the best taste..! Thing is, you can continue to alter the tastes by simply changing the spice, changing the fruits..all so easy. Love how easy it is to reheat...better than the instant with less of all the junk they put in those little packets. Try'll like it!

It's creamy, thick and delicious; don't have to watch it cook; easy to change up with added spice or different fruit
Love this oatmeal!

I love this oatmeal. I buy large bags of mixed dried fruit and dried cranberries. I use 1 cup of oatmeal to 4 cups of water and add some of the chopped up fruit and cranberries (about 1/3 cup per the recipe). The cranberries give the oatmeal some sweetness. I use a 4 quart crockpot and it takes only about 3 hours. Glad I tried it during the day first. So, I cook this in the evening before going to bed. I poor into a container and slice off 1/4 of the oatmeal, heat and add skim milk. It's perfect. Thanks for the great recipe.


I made this exactly as the recipe calls for, but I added a bit of vanilla and some cinnamon. It was great, but my 4 year old and 22 month old didn't like it. It made way too much for just me to eat (because my husband wouldn't try it! lol) so I put it in my blender, and added some water, and blended it up for my 7 month old. He loves it, and I love it as a baby food because it's got a good amount of fiber in it, as opposed to the rice cereal baby food, and there's nothing better than homemade food for babies too!


To everyone who is trying this recipe for the first time and you want to avoid waking up to burnt or crusty oatmeal - please cook it in the daytime first so that you can keep an eye on it. Then you will know how long it takes to cook in your slow cooker and whether you need to make adjustments to it or not. You might need to experiment with it more than once to get it just right. I agree with the person who commented on 04/06/2010 @ 1:55pm that 8 hours is too long and suggested that anywhere from 4-5 hours will work. I have a programmable Hamilton Beach that switches to the warm setting when it is done cooking. I tried it yesterday during the day. I had set the timer for 8 hours on low but I checked it every 2 hours. By the 6th hour the oatmeal was crusty around the sides. So I just scraped that down and mixed it in, set the slow cooker on warm and checked it half an hour later and it was fine. Next time I will set it for 4 hours on low and since my slow cooker switches to the warm setting after cooking is done I will see how it turns out after a few hours being on the warm setting. I will have to experiment with that so I can figure out what is the best time to turn my slow cooker on at night.


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