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

63 Reviews for Overnight Oatmeal


I've tried making oatmeal with my mini crockpot and my bigger one. It just doesn't work overnight. It ends up being so mushy, even a baby wouldn't want to eat it. If you like your oatmeal as mushy as mashed potatoes, go ahead. It doesn't matter what kind of oatmeal you use either. While your oatmeal is cooking in the morning, get dressed or workout, steel cut oats take 15-20 mins, you control it to your liking. By the time you're done, so is the oatmeal and you don't have to waste time cleaning and scrubbing the heck out of your crockpot (which you shouldn't soak in water because it will get weak and crack over time). This is a good way to get creative in the morning and get fibre, protein, fruit and energy!!


We cooked this recipe in a crock-pot brand slow cooker for close to 9 hours and it was lovely and wonderful--I love how the steel cut oats feel like tapioca pudding when you eat them! I am suspicious that other people are using the wrong kind of oats (they actually sell an "instant" steel cut oat variety in the exact same package as the regular steel cut--maybe you grabbed that by accident?). I will definitely make this again. (also note: we transferred all the oatmeal to a serving dish and put soapy hot water in the crock pot before we sat down to eat this am because I was worried about the comments here--cleaning took me ~45 seconds.)


I made this exactly as the recipe directed. I didn't get up on time so mine actually cooked for 9+ hours and was not burnt or overcooked at all. I haven't tasted it as of yet so the stars are for ease of preparation. Thanks for a great breakfast!


I am very glad I read the reviews and decided to cook this during the day and when I was home. I halved this recipe and cooked in a 3 qt. crock that was brand spankin new. Didn't add the fruit. This was done at 5 hr. on low. A crusty golden brown crust formed on the sides and bottom of the pot...Not to bad to clean up since I caught it early. I just put the oatmeal in the fridge and reheat.


I was not happy with this recipe. When I came down this morning, eagerly expecting a yummy breakfast, I found a pot of gloppy oatmeal that had stuck to the bottom and a little on the sides of the crockpot. I have used this crockpot for many things and it works perfectly. . .I followed the directions exactly, but did not end up with what I imagined I would.

We did salvage enough oatmeal to serve my family (after pulling out large crusty sections), but even that wasn't as tasty as I was imagining it would be. I would not use this recipe again.


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