Overnight Oatmeal

Winter 2004, The EatingWell Diabetes Cookbook (2005)

Your rating: None Average: 3.6 (477 votes)

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 Recipe

63 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal

Pumpkin oatmeal

I add a can of canned pumpkins to my slowcooker steel cut oatmeal recipe. I also sprinkle in some pumpkin pie spice. It turns out delicious!!

If I don't have pumpkins, I add chopped apples and some vanilla to the recipe.
Both ideas turn out great.

Perfect Oatmeal in 4 hours

I agree with other reviewers that 8hrs will overcook/burn the oatmeal. Instead, it usually only takes about 4 hrs. I don't like traditional oatmeal (never have - it's too mushy), but these steel cut oats are great. I normally get a nice chewy consistency. I typically add flaxseed meal and a touch of syrup when I heat a bowl up....delicious!

simple, easy, healthy, eat for a week
Wonderful brunch item

Wonderful recipe - our family doesn't like appricots so we modified it to include 1/3 cup of each of the following dried fruits - cranberries, tart cherries, peaches, and apples, then added slivered almonds for a nutty crunch. All the ingredients fit in a large canning jar allowing me to give a recipe's worth as a Christmas gift, very similar to the cookie mixes in the jar. The dried fruit made it fun to layer the colors so it was festive.

Easy to prepare, customizable (variety of dried fruit), very tasty, healthy
Comments (1)


Anonymous wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Where do you get dried

Where do you get dried peaches? I've looked "everywhere" but all I can find are sulphered...yuck

owernight oats

I had too much oatmeal the last time I cooked this also. I pulled out some 2 cup containers and tried freezing (extra space is for heating in the microwave the next day.) Was just fine. I sit one in the fridge at night, micro it in the morning adding almond milk and banana. Was just fine. Also added some leftover Quinoa. Really good.

Great, but not Awesome!

I am a confirmed rolled oats oatmeal hater. It has to do with the slime factor. But TEEL CUT - ah, that's another story! I don't add any sweetener, salt or cinnamon to the oatmeal, just raisins, and before eating, a T. of chopped walnuts, and sometimes, maple syrup. The best recipe I have calls for toasting 1 cup of steel cut oats in a T. butter for a few minutes, then adding the boiling water, NO STIRRING, and raisins and put in the crock pot for 5-6 hours or gently cook at a bubble for 25 minutes on the stovetop, then add 3/4 c. milk/buttermilk combo, and cook an additional 10 minutes. I don't know if it's the butter or the not stirring, but there is NO slime factor at all...just a nice si snowing here today, so I think I'll make some for supper RIGHT NOW!

not slimy, no waiting for it to cook for 35 minutes on the stove top.

Fields marked with * are required

Rate This*

Review Title

Tip: Use adjectives to help get your point across.


Tip: Use commas to separate pros and cons.


Tip: Use commas to separate pros and cons.


Tip: Pretend you're on the debate team and make your point.

Attach a photo

Photo Caption

If you attach a photo, please enter a caption to go with it.

Would you recommend this recipe?

20 minute dinner recipes
more smart savings
Get a full year of EatingWell magazine.
World Wide Web Health Award Winner Web Award Winner World Wide Web Health Award Winner Interactive Media Award Winner