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Slow Cooker Overnight Cranberry Apple Oatmeal

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings (3 1/2 cups) 1x


Juicy apples, dried cranberries, and warming spices combine with steel-cut oats in the slow cooker for a make-ahead breakfast you’ll be dreaming about.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups steel-cut oats
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups peeled and diced Granny Smith apples (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 6 cups water or milk (or 1/2 milk and 1/2 water)
  • Milk, for serving (optional)
  • Sweetener, for serving (optional)


  1. Grease a 6-quart slow cooker insert with the oil to prevent sticking. Add the oats, cranberries, diced apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, and water and/or milk. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours.
  3. Divide the oatmeal among serving bowls, thin to desired consistency with milk, sweeten to taste, and serve warm. 
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Category: Oatmeal
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: slow cooker, oatmeal, apple, cinnamon, cranberry