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An oatmeal recipe that is ready and waiting on you when you wake up is a dream come true. Get this simple overnight oatmeal recipe for easy mornings!

Steel cut oats make the most delicious oatmeal in my opinion. Hearty, full of fiber, and they stick to your ribs all morning. But on hectic mornings when we’re rushing about trying to get ready for school, work, and a busy day ahead, standing over the stove to make steel cut oatmeal just doesn’t happen as often as I’d like.

So, I’m excited to share a favorite way I get this delicious breakfast on the table any morning of the week.

I use my slow cooker.

Start by spraying the crock of your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and then add in your favorite steel cut oats.

Then add water.

And toss in a little bit of sea salt, give it a quick stir, set the slow cooker on low and hit the hay!

You’ll wake up to a slow cooker full of warm, hearty, delicious oatmeal!

Add your favorite topping of brown sugar, butter, a little bit of cream, maybe some maple syrup – whatever you prefer. We’ve been enjoying adding a bit of homemade granola and fresh berries to the top of our oatmeal for an absolutely over the top bowl of oatmeal!

And guess what?

This recipe easily makes eight servings, meaning I’ll have leftovers I can refrigerate for another morning during the week. Keep it in an airtight container in your refrigerator and then just microwave it for breakfast in a snap.

I love that!

Here’s my Overnight Oatmeal Recipe. It’s a keeper!


Overnight Oatmeal Recipe

Breakfast 6 hrs 5 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Servings 8
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
An oatmeal recipe that is ready and waiting on you when you wake up is a dream come true. Get this simple overnight oatmeal recipe for easy mornings!


  • 2 cups steel cut oats
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter per serving: optional
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar per serving: optional
  • 1/4 cup granola per serving: optional
  • fresh berries per serving: optional


  • Spray crock of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add in steel cut oats, water and sea salt. Stir until combined.
  • Set slow cooker to low setting for six hours.
  • When done, stir well and then serve individual servings with your favorite topping.
  • Variations – Our favorite topping, per serving: 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, ¼ cup granola, fresh berries

Nutritional Information

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 303mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 4g | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Yay thanks for posting this, I love a hot Breakfast but sometimes there is no time! Great that it can be cooking while we sleep :-). Except I normally sleep about 7 hours.

  2. Love this idea! It totally solves the problem of having to think about making breakfast when I wake up 🙂

  3. Since I wanted more recipes for slow cooker breakfast this comes at a GREAT time. This will be my first recipe in my new slow cooker. So Double thank you. Can’t wait to get cooking. Thank you again Robyn!!!

  4. Hi there! I found you on twitter, through CookiesandCups, I believe. Your site is wonderful. I must make this soon (:

  5. I am in love with this recipe for slow cooker oatmeal. The ease plus the deliciousness (is that a word?) of your add-in suggestions make for a fantastic breakfast. I can’t get enough of this. Very yummy in my tummy! Thank you for sharing this.

  6. My slow cooker settings are high: 4 – 6 hours and low: 8 – 10 hours. Do you think it would still work to cook it for 8 hours on low or would it get burned?

  7. I want to try this, it sound delicious!
    Can I use milk instead of,water I’m a bit scare to leave mine with milk for the entire night. Like it won’t burn?

    1. lol, I was thinking that too. Only 6 hours sleep makes me cry, can I leave it for 8?