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


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.


3 stars because of the crockpot and not the recipe, which is great. I have used some variation for many years. However, I recently purchased a new crockpot--capacity, 1 1/2 quarts. To my surprise, I experienced sticking and overcooked oatmeal. To clean the pot, I actually had to use brute force after soaking it for some time in water (I use baking soda as the abrasive--and I almost used rock salt as well).

This was not my previous experience. The old crockpot was at most 1 quart in size and had only one setting-of unknown temperature. It was on only when plugged in. There was no sticking or major cleanup needed unless I used too little water.

I may retrieve the old crock pot from the garage despite the inconvenience of having to plug it in and one setting. It may be that the manufacturer has changed the specifications in the coating-->sticking. (I have sprayed with Pam and even coated the inside with butter, but these had no effect on the sticking problem.)

With the new crockpot, I should probably reduce the overall cooking time by at least 2 hours--if I remember to turn the crockpot at a later time.

One final note, I would never spend an hour and a half cooking oatmeal over a double boiler. I have followed the package directions of 30 minutes on top of the stove. That procedure does require more attention to stirring compared with none with a crock pot.

I hope we can get some feedback and recommendations from the person who tested the recipe before giving it to us and/or the crockpot manufacturer (Rival for me).


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