Overnight Slow Cooker Apple Crisp Steel-Cut Oats
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
360 minutes
12- 14 servings


2 cups (500 ml) steel-cut oats
4 cups (1 L) milk
2 cups (500 ml) water
4 (large) apples (peeled, cored and chopped)
1/4 cup (60 ml) butter, chopped into 3-4 pieces
1/3 cup (80 ml) brown sugar
2 tbsp (30 ml) cinnamon
1/4 tsp (1 ml) salt
2 tbsp (30 ml) ground flax or chia seeds or hemp hearts (optional)


  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with a non-stick cooking spray or grease it with butter. This is an important step; otherwise, you’ll be scraping your slow-cooker for days afterwards.
  2. Before you go to bed, place all ingredients into your slow cooker and stir. Close the lid, switch the slow-cooker onto the “low” setting and set the timer for 6-7 hours (you may need to experiment with timing here—it really depends on the slow-cooker. Mine turned out perfectly after 6 and a half hours). When the time is up, your slow cooker will automatically turn to the “warm” setting, which will keep your oatmeal nice and warm until you get up.
  3. Serve your oatmeal with a dollop of Greek yogurt and top with your favourite nuts or seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup.
  4. *Recipe adapted from: The Yummy Life Slow-Cooker-Apple-Cinnamon-Oatmeal.