Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal

(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Cooking, Day 9 – Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal)

Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal

Simple Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal

I was surprised by how much I liked this crock pot apple oatmeal. Most slow cooker oatmeal recipes call for steel cut oats, but this one specified rolled oats. I wasn’t sure how the rolled oats would hold up in the crockpot for so many hours. So instead of cooking them on LOW as the recipe specified, I let them cook overnight on WARM.

I think this was the right decision. After about 7 hours, the rolled oats in this crock pot apple oatmeal were creamy and porridge-like. The edges were a little dry, but seemed to be fixed with the addition of  milk stirred in at the end.

The apples retained a little crunch, so there was a nice contrast of flavors and textures with the apples, walnuts, and dried cranberries.

I made a couple more changes to suit my tastes. I substituted maple syrup for honey. And used my favorite coconut milk beverage in place of both the skim milk and fat-free half-and-half. (What is fat-free half-and-half, exactly?)

Rod is not a huge oatmeal fan. So, for breakfast this week, I’ve been reheating the leftovers with a splash of milk in the microwave. Since I like my oatmeal on the sweet side, I also add another teaspoon of sugar or drizzle of maple syrup.

This crock pot apple oatmeal is a very easy way to get in a hot breakfast on a busy morning. And we lifetime Weight Watchers all know how important that can be to our ongoing success :-)


Crock Pot Apple Oatmeal
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This crock pot apple oatmeal, is an easy, healthy and delicious way to start the day
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 4
  • 2 cups fat free milk (dairy, almond, coconut, soy, rice, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup dry old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped apples (peeled or not, whichever you prefer)
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup walnuts, chopped
  • ½ cup fat free milk (dairy, almond, coconut, soy, rice, etc.)
  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with nonfat cooking spray. I used my 2-quart. (If you only have a 4-quart I would double the recipe and freeze some of the leftovers if necessary.)
  2. Combine the 2 cups of milk, maple syrup, butter, salt, cinnamon, oats, apples, cranberries and walnuts in the slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on WARM overnight, about 6 to 8 hours.
  4. Stir in the ½ cup milk just before serving.
  5. Store leftovers in the refrigerator for several days. They can be rewarmed in the microwave.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (generous ¾ cup): 240 calories, 6 g fat, 37 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 10 g protein and *6 PointsPlus

*PointsPlus® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Source: Slightly adapted from Fix-It and Forget-It Lightly Revised & Updated: 600 Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

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  1. says

    This would have been great to have on hand over the past few weeks. My work schedule has been wacky, so I’ve just be grabbing yogurt and fruit every morning. That’s fine during the summer when I really prefer cold foods, but the mornings are chilly now–time for oats! :)

    • says

      You are so right, Cammy! I too crave something warm for breakfast when the mornings turn chilly! Love being able to make a big batch that I can just warm quickly in the microwave each morning.

  2. BethD says

    Question: My slow cookers only have “low” and “high” settings. I’m not sure what warm is (maybe mine are too old for this). Would you suggest using low for less time? Or going to the rice cooker my husband bought and has never used?

    • says

      Hi Beth, I would suggest LOW for less time. If you want to be able to cook it overnight, I have had success placing a heat proof bowl with the oatmeal inside your slow cooker set to LOW too. Hope this helps.

  3. Julie H says

    This recipe sounds so good! Would replacing the fresh apples with say frozen peaches work? And maybe reduce the liquid by a little bit?

  4. Kelly says

    I have a ton of frozen apple slices. I’m wondering if I could just dice them a bit and toss them in frozen rather than using fresh apples. I’m trying to use up a bit of frozen fruit to loosen up the freezer! THANKS!

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